“We wanted to discover the most talented and thrilling up-and-coming artists in the South. So we enlisted a range of Southern experts (gallery owners, curators, critics, artists) to help us find them.” So said the Oxford American last week, in announcing the award-winning quarterly’s list of “The New Superstars of Southern Art.” CDS instructor Christopher Sims was recognized for his photographic work, with his ongoing series Theater of War: The Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan receiving the spotlight. The series was also shown locally in 2008 at the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill in an exhibition curated by Ann Stewart, director of Ann Stewart Fine Art.
This May at CDS, Sims will be teaching the four-day workshop Advanced Documentary Photography: Vision and Craft, intended for students who have created a relatively large body of photographs and now want to learn more about how to edit and present those photographs to publishers, galleries, curators, and the general public. The class will run May 10–May 13; for more information on the course, and to register, click here.
Sims’s most recent exhibitions include shows at SF Camerawork, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Houston Center for Photography, the Light Factory, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. In 2010, he was selected as the recipient of the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers.