About Me

Dakota Sumpter is a photojournalist located in East Alabama, though he has lived from New England to Texas. As a photographer for Auburn University's athletics department, he has accompanied teams to the 2016 Women’s College World Series, the 2017 Sugar Bowl and the 2017 Track and Field National Championship in Eugene, Oregon. In addition, Sumpter’s photographs have been used by ESPN, Vice Sports and many other local and regional news organizations across the Southeast. Currently a senior in fine art at Auburn University, his landscape photographs of Tuskegee National Forest have been featured by Ain’t BadLenscratch, and Southern Glossary. While managing editor of The Auburn Plainsman, Sumpter and staff won the Associated Collegiate Press National Pacemaker award - the highest in collegiate journalism. During his free time he enjoys painting, trail running and relaxing with his beagle Lee.


Dakota Sumpter


Upon completion of my degree, I would like to attend a graduate program for photography. Studies of landscape, place and photojournalism inform me as an artist and continuing my research at a higher level is an important goal.


2014 - 2018        BFA (candidate)Photography, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
2011 - 2014        Southern Union State Community College, Opelika, Ala.
2010 - 2011        The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (now LUCAD), Boston

Exhibitions and Awards

2018      Juried Fine Art Student Exhibition, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. (Juror: Victoria Camblin, Art Papers)
2017      Newspaper Pacemaker, Associated Collegiate Press for The Auburn Plainsman
2017      Photo Excellence Finalist, Associated Collegiate Press for The Auburn Plainsman
2017      Juried Fine Art Student Exhibition, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. (Juror: James Elkins, School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
2017      1:1 Mentor & Protégé Exhibition Series, 121 Gallery, Montgomery, Ala.
2016      Juried Fine Art Student Exhibition, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. (Juror: Jamillah James, Assistant Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles)
2016      This is Research Showcase, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
2015      Foreboding, Sans Gallery, Oslo, Norway
2015      The Future is Now, Section A Studio, NewYork

Related Work Experience

2016 – current                   Photographer, Auburn Athletics, Auburn University, Ala.
2016 – 17                            Freelance photographer, Opelika-Auburn News, Opelika, Ala.
2015 – 17                            Managing editor, photo editor, The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn, Ala.
2014 – 16                            Photo lab manager, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.

Bibliography / Publications

Pine Island Press, Incandescent Magazine, Issue 13, March 2017. 
Caitlin Peterson, “Dakota Sumpter: States Project: Alabama,” Lenscratch, Nov. 7, 2015.
Ryan Sparks, “Dakota Sumpter,” Southern Glossary, Sept. 15, 2015.
Henry Amistadi, “Young Artist Spotlight 15: Dakota Sumpter,” The Future is Now. June 24, 2015.
Kory Jean Kingsley, “Dakota Sumpter,” Ain’t Bad Magazine, aint-bad.com. May 9, 2015.
Stuart Pilkington, “Dakota Sumpter & Henry Amistadi”, The Swap. December 14, 2014.


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