Vaughn Sills | photographer

Vaughn Sills' biography and resume

Bio

Vaughn Sills has exhibited her work in galleries and museums widely and her work is in a number of collections, including the DeCordova Museum, Polaroid, Eaton Vance, and Fidelity Investments Collections. Vaughn's work has received many honors and grants. Most recently, in 2009, she was awarded an Artist’s Fellowship in Photography by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and in 2007, she received a grant from Artadia Dialogue for Art and Culture.

Places for the Spirit, Traditional African American Gardens was published by Trinity University Press in 2010. Her book, One Family, was published in 2001 by the University of Georgia Press.

Vaughn is Associate Professor Emerita of Photography at Simmons College, Boston MA.

Honors and Awards

2011
Gold Award, Best Photography, Garden Writers Association, Media Awards
Silver Award, Best Book, Garden Writers Association, Media Awards
2009
Artist Fellowship in Photography from Massachusetts Cultural Council
2009
President’s Fund for Faculty Excellence, Simmons College
2008
Polaroid Foundation Grant awarded to Trinity University press to support publication of Places for the Spirit
2007
Grant, awarded by Artadia, The Fund for Art and Dialogue
2005
Gold, Best Photography for Vaughn Sills’ “Beyond Words,” awarded to Georgia Review, by The Magazine Association of the Southeast
2002-2006, 1999, 1989, 1986
Polaroid Grant to Artists
2001
One of Ten Best Local Photographic Exhibitions 2001 (American Univ. Watkins Gallery), Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper, Dec. 21, 2001
Southern Library Association 2000 Awards for Book Design “Award of Excellence” for One Family
1993
Polaroid Foundation Domestic Life Interpreted, awarded by the New England
Foundation for the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship Panel
1985
Fellowship awarded by The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Council on the Arts and
Humanities, Artists Fellowship Program
1983, 1980
Finalist, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities,
Artists Fellowship Program

Gallery Representation

  • Fog Forest Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

Education

Exhibitions 2000-present

Solo and Featured Artist

2013
Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland OH
Five Churches and Libraries, Flint MI, sponsored by the Ruth Mott Foundation
2012
DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, IL
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL
2011
Trustman Gallery, Simmons College, Boston, MA
North Carolina Museum of the Coastal Plain, Wilson NC
2010
Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY
2009
US Botanic Garden, West Orangerie Gallery, Washington DC, February 2009
Weeks Gallery, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY, February 2009
Gamill Gallery, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi, Fall, 2009
Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA, Spring 2009
2008
Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA, November 21 - December 13, 2008
2006
Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA
2005
Baldwin Photographic Gallery, Middle TN State Univ., Nashville, TN
2004
Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Portland, ME
Georgia State Botanical Gardens, Athens, GA
Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI (two person show)
2003
The Columbus Museum Uptown, Columbus, GA
Nesto Gallery at Milton Academy, Milton, MA (two person show)
The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University (two person show)
Flatfile Photography Gallery, Chicago, IL (three person show)
2002
The Carroll Reece Museum/Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
The Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Barnard Observatory, Univ. Mississippi, Oxford, MS
The Cushing-Martin Gallery, Stonehill College, Easton, MA
2001
The Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, DC
Red Eye Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI
Trustman Art Gallery, Simmons College, Boston, MA
Viridian Gallery, New York, NY
The Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Group Exhibitions

2010
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile AL, “Shoot’n Southern: Past and Present”
MCC Artist Grants Photography, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown MA
2008
Artadia Boston 2007, Mills Gallery, Boston, MA
“Photographs of Children from the DeCordova Permanent Collection,” DeCordova Museum, Lincoln MA
2005
Small Works Show 05, Sacramento Street Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2004
Trustman Gallery, Simmons College, Boston, MA
Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2003
Rice/Polack Gallery, Provincetown, MA
“New England Photographers 03,” Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
2002
Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA
Cate Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD
Flatfile Photography Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000
Sakai City Museum, Sakai, Japan
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, “Photography in Boston: 1955-1985”

Publications

Collections

Lectures/Presentations

2013
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, University of Michigan, MI
Tour of exhibits in churches and libraries, Flint, MI
2012
Gibbes Museum, Charleston, SC
2011
Trinity Church, Boston MA, Co-sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Trinity Church
North Carolina Museum of the Coastal Plain, Wilson NC
2009
United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC
2007
Royall House, Medford, MA
2005
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
New England Women in Photography, Simmons College, Boston, MA
2004
Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Portland, ME
2003
The Columbus Museum Uptown, Columbus, GA
Nesto Gallery at Milton Academy, Milton, MA
The Photographic Resource Center, Boston University, MA
Flatfile Photography Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Photography Institute, Columbia University, NY
2002
The Carroll Reece Museum/Center for Appalachian Studies and Services,
East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Frazier Gallery, Bethesda, MD
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
2001
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Stonehill College, Easton, MA
Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
Simmons Alumnae: Washington DC Regional Conference, Simmons College
1995
Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Cambridge, MA
Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA
1991
Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Montserrat College of Art (1991)
1989
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

Current Professional Positions

2013
Simmons College, Associate Professor Emerita of Photography
1993-2013
Simmons College, Associate Professor of Photography
1997-Present
Leadership Council of New England Women in Photography