Jaime Aelavanthara, an Assistant Professor in Photography at the University of Tampa, received her BFA from the University of Mississippi in Imaging Arts and her MFA in Photography from Louisiana Tech University. Her tea-stained cyanotypes exploring the human condition and experience with nature have been shown nationally and internationally in venues such as the Center for Fine Art Photography, The SOHO Photo Gallery in New York, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Her photographs also serve as cover art for literary works including The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, NY), and Venus in Furs (Roads Publishing, Dublin).
Jaime Aelavanthara has been recognized as a finalist in 2014 and 2015 for the Clarence John Laughlin Award, which recognizes photographers who utilize the medium of photography for creative expression. In 2015, Aelavanthara won the Grand Prize in Maine Media Workshops’ international competition Character: Portraits and Stories that Reveal the Human Condition. She received 3rd place in PRZM/Juxtapoz Magazine’s 2016 Dream Big Contest out of 1800 artists competing in all art mediums. Most recently, Aelavanthara won SOHO Photo Gallery’s 2017 International Portfolio competition and was awarded a solo exhibition at SOHO Photo Gallery, NY. Aelavanthara's work has received past funding through a visual arts fellowship award from the Mississippi Arts Commission.
Her work is in public and private collections including the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, and the International House Hotel in New Orleans. Her work is represented by SEITIES gallery in Calgary, Canada.