Sheila Pree Bright is an International Photographic Artist and author of #1960Now: Photographs of Civil Rights Activists and Black Lives Matter Protests. She portrays large-scale works that combine a broad range of knowledge of contemporary culture and is known for her series, #1960Now, Invisible Empire, Suburbia, Plastic Bodies, and Young Americans.
Bright work is included in the book and exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture. She appeared in the 2014 feature-length documentary Through the Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. She also appeared in the 2016 feature-length documentary film Election Day: Lens Across America. Her series has been exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Smithsonian National Museum of African American Museum, Washington, DC; Saatchi Gallery, London; Turner Contemporary, London; The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; The Lecia Gallery, NY; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA; International Center of Photography, NY; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH; Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Arts, Bentonville, AR. Her work is featured in the Washington Post and The New York Times.
She is the recipient of several nominations, commissions and awards; Recently, she received the Picturing South commission from the High Museum of Art for her series, Invisible Empire; Nominated for the ICP Infinity Awards, NY and Ted Prize, $1 million. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections, to name a few; Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC; The Library of Congress, Washington, DC; National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville FL; Birmingham Museum of Art, AL and Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, WA.