Vaughn Sills

Artadia Awardee
Through her photography, Vaughn Sills explores our link to the natural world — how we live and develop cultures within the natural world, and how we influence that world. She looks at how the environment, both the natural and the built, helps to create the individual experience of reality, as well as the ways in which family and culture affect the individual. She is particularly interested in creating images that suggest how our physical and social environments influence our inner experience.

Her work has been published and exhibited widely in museums and galleries, as well as the galleries of botanic gardens; it is in the collections of the deCordova Museum, Harvard Art Museum, and the Eaton Vance and Polaroid collections, among others. Sills has received significant awards from organizations including the Polaroid Foundation, The New England Foundation for the Arts, and twice, she won an Artist’s Fellowship in Photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her photographs and books, Places for the Spirit, Traditional African American Gardens (2010) and One Family (2001) earned many positive reviews and awards from the Garden Writers Association and the Magazine Association for the Southeast.

Vaughn lives and works in Cambridge, MA, and Prince Edward Island, Canada.