Artist-in-Residence Sheila Pree Bright

Portrait of artist Sheila Pree Bright.

Artist Sheila Pree Bright

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In conjunction with the exhibition For Whom It Stands, Sheila Pree Bright will be an Artist-in-Residence from March 9-22.

Bright is a fine art photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her large-scale works combine a wide-ranging knowledge of contemporary culture, while challenging perceptions of identity.

She is the mastermind behind such initiatives as Project 1960, which features photographic portraits of grassroots activists from the Civil Rights Movement. Bright enlarges the works and adheres them to buildings around Atlanta with a technique called wheat paste. Her street art serves to commemorate the leaders while they are still with us, since many of them are now in their seventies and eighties. The portraits’ larger-than-life size is a metaphor for the activists’ towering impact, and their benevolent gazes seem to keep watch over the next generation.

She will be photographing and interviewing museum visitors from March 11-18 as part of her residency. Select images and recordings will be used to create a mural and sound installation at the museum.*

* This project and exhibition has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Sheila Pree Bright's residency is in collaboration with the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.