One Family

An Extended Portrait by Vaughn Sills

March 20 - April 20

Vaughn Sills will showcase her intimate black and white photography in the exhibit "One Family," based on images taken from Sill’s book of the same title, March 22 to April 20 at the Simmons College Trustman Art Gallery, fourth floor Simmons Main Campus Building, 300 The Fenway. There will be a gallery talk, a book signing, and reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. March 22. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Sills’ photographs tell the story of four generations of the Tooles, a rural family living in the South. While traveling through Georgia in the late 1970s, Sills, now a professor of photography at Simmons, stopped at a small mill worker’s house to photograph children playing in the front yard. Over the next 20 years, the entire family became the subject of this arresting family portrait.

Sills has exhibited in galleries throughout the East Coast and in group shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art at the Equitable Center, New York City; and the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA. She serves on the steering committee of New England Women in Photography and her work has been featured in national publications. "One Family" has been shown at the Red Eye Gallery at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Watkins Gallery at American University in Washington. D.C. and will earn international attention this spring when it is shown at the Sakai City Museum in Sakai, Japan.