TeMika Grooms is an Atlanta-based artist, author, and arts advocate. Her interest in art and storytelling began early in life under the influence of her mother, an artist, educator, and librarian. Creative art practices provided TeMika with an outlet during challenging transitional periods as a military child settling in Columbus, Georgia. Under the direction of wonderful teachers, she was provided a well-rounded education that supported her artistic talent and ability to capture and animate the human form with strong, fluid lines and expressive movement. To expand on her traditional art making skills, TeMika is exploring the use of technology in art by creating digital paintings and surveying new avenues to bring interactive art to the public.
TeMika was selected for the international 2008 Taller Norte Portobelo Artist-in-Residence program to work on an illustrated sequential art project and present an art workshop to Spanish-speaking children in Portobelo, Panama. Since that time, she has produced multiple books in children’s literature and community art programs to support creative initiatives. Her published works include a sugary-sweet picture book titled “Nana’s Favorite Things” by Dorothy H. Price (Eifrig Press) and “Save the Crash-test Dummies”, an engaging non-fiction book by Jennifer Swanson (Peachtree Publishing). Most recently, TeMika was selected as a 2021 Mentee for the We Need Diverse Book Mentorship Program.
She is the Founder and Program Coordinator for KidsLitATL, a grassroots organization to support a diverse group of creators in Atlanta, Georgia. She hosts several events each year to support children's book writers and illustrators in developing their work. She currently volunteers with the international organization Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) as the U.S. Illustrator Coordinator and serves on Board of Advisors Equity and Inclusion Committee to impact the inclusion of diverse voices within the children’s book publishing industry.
TeMika enjoys hiking, traveling, cultural dance, and playing in her garden. She lives on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia with her cat, Nina Simone, and her two daughters, Thing One and Thing Two.
IN HER OWN WORDS
I am intrigued by the use of storytelling as a means of sharing lived experiences and imagined realities. My goal is to start discussion around personal and authentic storytelling through art in multiple mediums. I primarily explore this in children’s literature as I encourage people to use their own voice in the craft. I am surveying new avenues in public art that will allow me to envision a new future for the work. My work celebrates the human form, its complexities and varieties, as I experiment with traditional and digital media to share stories.