Tema Stauffer is a photographer based in Brooklyn whose work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions nationally and internationally. She is also a curator and writer for Culturehall, an online resource for contemporary art. Stauffer graduated from Oberlin College in 1995 and received a Master’s Degree in Photography from The University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998.
She was chosen as a finalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013. Her work will be included in the competition exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery from March 2013 through February 2014. She is the recipient of the 2012 Women in Photography – LTI/Lightside Individual Project Grant for her documentary portrait series, Paterson, depicting residents of Paterson, New Jersey during the years following the economic crisis in 2008. She was a finalist for the McKnight Photography Fellowship in 2005 and was nominated for the KLM Paul Huf Award in 2008 and she was awarded an AOL 25 for 25 Grant for innovation in the arts in 2010. She received CAAP grants for projects in 1999 and 2000 and contributed a series of photographs shot on ride-alongs with police officers to the CITY2000, an archive of photographs examining the city of Chicago in the year 2000.
A large body of her work was exhibited through The Minnesota Center for Photography at The Katherine E. Nash Gallery and in a solo exhibition at The Rochester Art Center in 2004. Fifteen images from her series American Stills were selected by The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College in Chicago for the Midwest Photographers Project. She exhibited her series, The Ballad of Sad Young Men, along with work by Francesca Romeo at Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery in 2009.
Her work also has been exhibited at the LiShui Photography Festival and the LiShui Museum of Photography, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Terra Museum of American Art, The Musee Departmental d’ Art Contemporain de Rouchechourt, The Hyde Park Art Center, The Detroit Contemporary, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, The 3rd Ward Brooklyn, Tyler School of Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Adrian College Gallery, Central Lakes College Gallery, The Joymore Gallery, The Butcher Shop Gallery, The Gallery 400, The Icebox Gallery, Heaven Gallery, David Allen Gallery, Jon Oulman Gallery, The Lyceum Theatre Gallery, Dean Jenson Gallery, Moti Hasson Gallery, Randall Scott Gallery, and Flanders Gallery.
Stauffer’s work has been in The New York Times, The Chicago Reader, The City Pages, The Rake Magazine, Lavender Magazine, The Village Voice, and W Magazine. She has contributed to online publications including Ausgang, A Field Guide to the North American Family, and Humble Arts Foundation’s Group Show. Her work was also published in the Fotofest 2010 Contemporary U.S. Photography Catalogue along with a curatorial essay by Aaron Schuman, Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographs.