Jaime Aelavanthara is Assistant Professor of Art and Photography Area Coordinator in the Art + Design department at the University of Tampa. She received her BFA from the University of Mississippi in Imaging Arts and her MFA in Photography from Louisiana Tech University. Her photographic work explores themes of the human condition and interconnectedness with nature and is actively exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as the Mississippi Museum of Art, 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. 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.
In the classroom, she teaches traditional black and white photography, digital photography, alternative photographic processes, and foundations 2d Design.