Photographer Sheila Pree Bright to Lecture at USC Upstate

March 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. –
Atlanta-based fine art contemporary photographer Sheila Pree Bright will visit the University of South Carolina Upstate on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. to deliver a lecture on her most recent projects which are titled Suburbia, Plastic Bodies and Young Americans. The lecture and reception afterwards are open to the public and will be held in the Health Education Complex, Room 2039.

Bright’s work in Suburbia explores the African American suburbs, depicting the “invisibility” of the black middle class and presenting a more realistic picture of the average African American of the 21st century. With Plastic Bodies, Bright digitally manipulates female body parts to create part-human, part-Barbie portraits, exposing propagandized standards of perfection in the female body, and illuminating the loss of personal identity many women of color experience. The Young Americans series of portraits uses 18 – 25-year-olds, and the American flag, to answer the question “What does it mean to be an American in the 21st century?”

For more information about the lecture, contact Rachel Snow, assistant professor of art history, at (864) 503-5853 or More information on Sheila Pree Bright is at