Artist Statement

I believe it is very important to visually document our surroundings, so Documentary Photography has always been a natural interest. Too many times I have passed by intriguing scenes -- whether an old sign, abandoned building, or a kudzu-covered field -- and returned later, too late, to find an empty lot or polished surfaces. The opportunity to capture the age and individuality of a subject or landscape before it changes, or disappears altogether, is what makes photography magical for me.


Bio Document

Teresa M. Sims is an Atlanta based photographer born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Photojournalism, from the University of Southern Mississippi, and shortly after moved to Atlanta, GA where she now practices fine art and documentary photography.

Lisa Hostetler, curator of photographs at the Milwaukee Art Museum, juried Sims’ work into APG’s Southern Photographers 2009 exhibition stating that her water tower series had a “collective sense of community that distinguishes one town from its neighbors”. Her photographs have also been juried into local shows by such distinguished jurors as Jane Jackson, Howard Greenberg, Birney Imes and Sylvia Plachy. Juror Anne Telford founding managing editor of Communication Arts awarded her an honorable mention in "Beauty: Camera Eye of the Beholder" an International Juried Online Photographic Exhibition presented by Women In Photography International (WIPI) in 2005.

Ms. Sims has been very active in the Atlanta photographic community and served on the boards of organizations including the Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Women in Focus.

Currently, her work can be found in various collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, March of Dimes (Atlanta), City Hall of Decatur, Miller Gallman Developers, and Greenberg Traurig Associates.




Selected Exhibitions:

2009     

Southern Photographers '09 juried by Lisa Hostetler Atlanta Photography Group November 13, 2009-January 15, 2010
No One Home...A Doll Show – Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery October 2009 – Atlanta, GA
MOCA GA Collects: The Photographic Image – Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Oct. – Dec. 2009 – Atlanta, GA

MOCA GA Art Auction – The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia April 4, 2009 – Atlanta, GA
“Not Just Pretty” – JCLRC Gallery - WACA GA juried group show March 23 – April 17, 2009 – Clarkston, GA


2008     

Reflections: Politics and Religion in Art – Salem Fine Arts Center, Nov. 3, 2008 to Jan. 30, 2009 - Winston-Salem, NC
Hand to Hand: 100 Artists' Comments on the Iraq War – The Spruill Gallery, March 6-April 26, 2008 – Atlanta, GA
Bloom Exhibit –
Grace Gallery , March 10 - April 17, 2008 – Marietta , GA
Spotlight on Art 2008 – Trinity School, February 2008– Atlanta, GA
21st Annual Southeastern Flower Show "Imagine That!" – Georgia World Congress Center, January 30 – February 3, 2008– Atlanta, GA



2007     

Little Things Mean A Lot - Swan Coach House Gallery (invitation cover) – November 2007 – Atlanta, GA
My Hometown” Washington School of Photography 5th Annual National Photography Show Oct-Nov 2007 – Bethesda, Maryland
“WIF XIV” – Juried by Susan Todd Raque – Ferst Center Gallery, October 2007 – Atlanta, GA
Slow Exposures 2007 – Juried by Birney Imes and Sylvia Plachy – R.F. Strickland Center, October 2007 – Concord, GA
"Women Who Inspire" at The Andrew Jessup Gallery – June 2007 – Biloxi, Mississippi
“Footprints” Women’s Caucus for the Arts Georgia – Temple Gallery March 2007 – Decatur, Georgia

Art Papers Auction, (Invitational) Mason Murer Fine Art - February 2007 – Atlanta, Georgia


2006     

“NASHVEGAS” - Solo ExhibitionT-Shirt Construction Co. – Presented in conjunction with  Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival  October, 2006 – Atlanta, GA
“Southern Faces and Places” Slow Exposures 2006 juried by Debbie Fleming Caffery and Julian Cox – Zebulon, GA
“NASHVEGAS” - Solo Exhibition - exchange gallery - June - August, 2006 – Nashville, TN
“Georgia to Georgia”, Brezler Gallery - April 2006 - Roswell, Georgia
“Georgia to Georgia”, Composition Gallery - April 2006 , Atlanta, Georgia
“Georgia to Georgia”,  Juried by Levette Bagwell (AJC) - N Gallery - April 2006 - Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
“Late Winter Women’s Photography Show - March, 2006 - Pike County, Georgia
“Life Shows Up”, Atlanta Fulton County Public Library - March 2006 - Atlanta, Georgia
Art Papers Auction, (Invitational) Mason Murer Fine Art - February 2006 - Atlanta, Georgia



2005      

“Pieces of Five” - Images from five series – Solo Exhibition – Hodgson’s Photo - Oct 05 - May 06 - Atlanta , GA
“Silhouettes: Symbolic Signage” - Solo Exhibition – JCLRC Fine Arts Gallery - January 2005 - Clarkston , GA
As they see it: Georgia Photographers at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia - featuring work from the museum's permanent collection - Atlanta, GA
“WIF XII ” – Juried by Marscha Cavaliere – Function Gallery, October 2005 - Decatur, GA
“Slow Exposures – Southern Traditions” – Juried by John Bennette and Celina Lunsford - Pike County Historic Preservation, Inc., Zebulon, GA

2004       

XI – Juried by Lucinda Bunnen  - Mason Murer Gallery – October 2004  Atlanta , GA
Atl Emerald City – The Foundry, Puritan Mills Gallery – October 2004 – Jan. 2005 Atlanta , GA 
Tomato Art Show – Art & Invention Gallery – Aug – Sept. 2004 – Nashville , TN  
FLOW: The Art Show –
SunTrust Plaza – October 2004 – Atlanta , GA  
Georgia Photographers Only - Juried by Marianne Fulton - APG Gallery  - May 2004   Atlanta , GA  
Eclecticity – Wolf Fisher Gallery – March – April 2004 Atlanta , GA  
Spotlight on Decatur – The Seen Gallery – February 2004 – Decatur, GA 
 
SILHOUETTE: The Art of the Form – The Spruill Gallery – January-March 2004 Atlanta , GA
 

2003       

Ten – Juried by Felicia Feaster –The Seen Gallery-October – December 2003 Decatur , GA
Art Walk
at Lenox – Southern Pop – August – November 2003 Atlanta , GA  
North America Exhibition; Coca Cola Nati
onal Headquarters – August – November 2003 Atlanta , GA
Brass Tacks Film – Still Photography  
Looking In - Spruill Gallery – January – March 2003 Atlanta , GA  
Emergency Room: Artist’s Response to War-The White Room—April 2003 Atlanta , GA
 

2002      

Little Things Mean A Lot - Swan Coach House Gallery – November 2002  Atlanta , GA
Ground Zero Galleries – November 2002 – Atlanta , GA  

Seventh Annual Hambidge Center Art Auction – November 2002, 2001  Atlanta , GA
Portals and Panes - Solo Exhibition - Callanwolde Fine Art Gallery - October 2002  Atlanta , GA  
Neon Nite and Day - The Flatiron – Solo Exhibition – October 2002 Atlanta , GA  
Lost Boys of Sudan Showcase School – October 2002 Atlanta , GA  
onenitestand  (Intoxicating) – Invitational Exhibition – October 2002, 2001, 2000 - Atlanta , GA  
Summer – WIF exhibition Juried by Susan Todd-Raque – June 2002 Atlanta , GA  
Georgia Photographers Only - Juried by Howard Greenberg - APG Gallery -May 2002- Atlanta , GA
Southland – Four Woman Show - The Showcase School - March - April 2002 - Atlanta , GA  
Jerry Cullum Juries
- Moving Spirits Gallery - March 2002 - Atlanta , GA
  

2001       

Sixth Annual Hambidge Center Art Auction – November 2002 – Atlanta , GA  
A Color Survey of the South by Atlanta Photographers  - Fay Gold Gallery - October 2001- Atlanta , GA  
Fay Gold Selects – juried by Fay Gold – Atlanta Photography Gallery - October 2001, - Atlanta , GA  
Inspiration – Genema Gallery – September 2001 - Atlanta , GA  
InVision: Art Uncontested - Seven Stages Gallery - Aug 2001 – Atlanta , GA  

Georgia Crossroads - Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art - June-October 2001 - Marietta , GA 
City Issue - April - December 2001 - Atlanta , GA  

Women On Top - Gallery A13 - Atlanta , GA
 

2000       

J. Tribble Antiques - Nov 2000 - December 2001 - Atlanta , GA  
LODGED - Solo Exhibition - Swissotel - Atlanta , GA  
MISPLACED - Two Person Exhibition - Swissotel - Atlanta , GA  
Only in 2000 - Juried by Jane Jackson - APG Gallery - Atlanta , GA 
Photographs by Women - WIF exhibition juried by Cathy Byrd - APG Gallery - Atlanta , GA  
Decatur Arts Alliance Exhibition - Juried by Cathy Byrd - Decatur , GA (purchase award)
 

1999        

Marble Festival - Chamber of Commerce - Jasper, GA 
Sanctity of the Family - Hunger Artist Gallery - Albuquerque , NM  
Fay Gold Selects - Juried by Fay Gold - APG Gallery - Atlanta , GA
 

1998        

Art Station Gallery - Stone Mountain , GA (honorable mention)  
Fine Line Gallery - Atlanta , GA  
Annual Red Light Show - Red Light Gallery – (invitation cover) 1996, 1997 Atlanta , GA
 

1997        

10th Annual DCA Arts Exhibition – juried exhibit - Decatur Court House - Decatur , GA  
Ancient Fragments in a New Light - Woman Made Gallery  - Chicago , IL  
SCAA Exhibition - The Mable House juried exhibit - Mableton , GA   (purchase award) 
Art and Fear Show - Backdrop Gallery - Atlanta , GA

   

Education:     University of Southern Mississippi, B.S.: Photojournalism Minor: Marketing

 

Publications:                  

                              DeKalb Neighbor – Jan. 22, 2003 Front Page
                              
Atlanta Journal Constitution - March 8, 2002 Visual Arts Calendar 
                              Creative Loafing
- Sept. 30, 2000 V. 29 (2) pgs. 48-9

                              
Jezebel - Anniversary Issue November, 2000 pg. 64
                              
Bluemilk - Fall 1999, V. 2 (4) (cover and centerfold)
                              
Creative Loafing - Aug. 16, 1997 V.26 (13) pg. 32
 

Organizations:  

Atlanta Celebrates Photography Board Member, Co-Chair of Lecture Series 2003; Women In Focus - Director 1997 - 2002, Member 1993 - present; Atlanta Photography Group - Board of Directors 1998 - 2004, Member 1993 - present; Atlanta Lawyers for the Arts - Member 1997 – 2000; High Museum of Art / Photoforum - Member 1995-1998  

Collections:

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, City Hall of Decatur, Miller Gallman Developers as part of the Reynoldstown Revitalization Corporation, Greenberg Traurig Associates, King & Spalding Associates, Lucinda Bunnen, Cathy Fox , Paul Jones, Ben Apfelbaum and others.  

Online Galleries  

      Flickr - www.flickr.com/photos/teresasims/sets/ 
     Women In Photography International (WIPI) www.wipi.org   
      Personal Website www.teresasims.com         
     Women in Focus (WIF) www.womeninfocus.us