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Collette V Fournier
Spring Valley, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant


ARTIST STATEMENT: Collette V. Fournier ~ Artist’s Statement © Collette Fournier Photography 2018 As a documentary photographer, I work in a series and generally photograph the African American community. Working in a series allows me to revisit genres and to study and focus the camera on my beloved portraiture. Photographs presented for the BRIC portfolio represent an archive that I’ve developed over the years. “VanDerZee” was an early image I made when shooting 35mm black and white photography. “Annie of Creole Gardens”, “Squeegee Man”, “Mike, Lower Ninth Ward”, and “Ms. Alma Series” represent my body of work on “Post Hurricane Katrina” documented in 2007. The Post Katrina series was produced from a Kamoinge/Soros Institute fellowship. I was in full control of that shoot and rated it the best shoot ever. I researched, interviewed and photographed the victims of Hurricane Katrina for two weeks. I worked closely with New Orleans organizations and an artist colleague Mouton from RIT who lived in Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans. My father’s paternal family hailed from Louisiana thus the Hurricane Katrina project was very personal to me. I’ve been documenting the Caribbean since 1972. Having maternal grandparents from Guyana, South America, traveling to The Caribbean was my way of connecting with my roots. The Caribbean series developed into an Artist In Residence grant in 1982 includes “One Way to JA”. After spending eight weeks in Jamaica those images that I processed, printed and framed were incorporated into a one-woman exhibition entitled “Jamaica Runnings” at the Eisenhart Museum and Science Center Gallery, Rochester, NY in October 1984. While shooting for about…time magazine (1983-1988) in Rochester, NY, I researched “A Ripple of Thunder” with writer/researcher Adolph Dupree. “Wink” and travels to document Black Motorcycle Clubs in America was one of many images from that series. “A Ripple of Thunder!” A multimedia documentation of black motorcyclists in America, with writer Adolph Dupree was exhibited at Pyramid Gallery, 1986; CEPA Gallery 1987; The exhibition was recognized in CEPA Winter/Spring Quarterly 1988 as best of show. Having documented Senegal and Mali, W. Africa in 1987-1988 it became apparent that the Caribbean was my stepping stone to Africa. I produced “Faces and Places of W. Africa”, a multi-media production of that experience with voiceover and sound effects. In 2007, 2010 and 2017, I visited Ghana, Togo and Benin. “African Horses”, “Atlantic Ocean”, “Chains and Candles”, “Elmina Castle”, “Squeegee Man”, “Ghana Women”, “Poverty in Africa”, “Queen Mother Ceremony”, “Queen Mother Monica” have been become signature photos from my travels. After the glory days of graduate school 2001-2003, I transitioned into digital photography in 2005 which led me to discover the scanner as another tool where I could incorporate mixed media of varying dimensions. I developed The Digital Family Series and one of my early images was “Roy Hargrove, Trumpeter”. That series developed into “African American Women in the Visual Arts”, using cowrie shells natural materials and fabric. I plan to revisit the “African American Women in the Visual Arts” theme. “Sankofa Six” is a representation of the Amistad Series: From Mystic Seaport to Nova Scotia, a project on the re-creation of The Amistad that I documented from 1999-2007. My latest project is “From the Old Neighborhood”, a project I’m just flushing out. I’m exploring transfer materials again and see a whole new wealth of imagery in creation.

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COLLETTE V. FOURNIER 252 No. Main St. G-18 Spring Valley, NY 10977
Phone: 845-352-2648 Cell: 845-304-5465 E-mail;
Vermont College, Montpelier, VT. , MFA Visual Arts Program, February 2003
RIT, Rochester, NY; Bachelor of Science, 1979; Communications; 1979 AAS, Photographic Illustration, 1973

Adjunct, Humanities Department, Art Department Rockland Community College (RCC), Suffern, NY 1992 – current
Campus Communications/Photographer (Retired Aug. 2016); 1992 – 2016; Special Events Coordinator; Educational Assistant; President’s Office
Staff Photographer / Freelance Photographer The (Rockland) Journal News, W. Nyack, NY 1988- 1989 / 1996 - 2000
Staff Photographer Bergen Record, Hackensack, NJ 1989 - 1991
Freelance Photographer The New York Post, NY, NY 1995 - 1996
Staff Photographer about…time magazine Rochester, NY 1983 – 1988

Solo Exhibitions:
Artist of the Month, Hopper House, Nyack, NY December 2017
“Retrospective: Spirit of a People”, Photography Exhibition; Finkelstein Memorial Library 2015-16, Genesee Arts & Education, Baobab Gallery, Rochester, NY
“Striving to Live With Dignity: Photography of the African Diaspora” CEJJES Institute, Pomona NY 2013; AIR
“Aaduna” The Penalver Gallery Legacies…African Character, Spirit and Determination” Feb. 2012
Shades Multicultural Theater, Haverstraw, NY 2011; “Amistad: From Mystic Seaport to Halifax, Nova Scotia” 2008 Finkelstein Memorial Library
Rockland Community College, Library Media Center January 2007 – February 2007; Garnerville Arts Gallery, October, 2006;
“Africa: The Motherland of Civilization” CEJJES Institute, Pomona, NY, September – November, 2003;
“Images from My Left Brain” Arts Council of Rockland, Spring Valley, NY, November – December, 1999
"Done It, Seen It, Been There: A Retrospective", Photographic Presentation and Exhibition, Curator, Library, Rockland Community College, February, 1997
“Expanding His Vision: Dr. King’s Legacy Through the Eye of an Artist”, Library Media Center, Rockland Community College, 1992
“A Ripple of Thunder!” A multimedia documentation of black motorcyclists in America, writer Adolph Dupree; Pyramid Gallery, 1986; CEPA Gallery 1987; CEPA Winter/Spring Quarterly 1988
“Jamaica Runnings”, Eisenhart Museum Gallery, Rochester Museum and Science Center, October, 1984

Group Exhibitions:

“The Decisive Moment” PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT. 2018
“Timeless” Photographs by Kamoinge, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, NYC Dec. – Feb. 2016
Member’s Exhibition, Edward Hopper Art Center, Nyack, NY , 2017, 2016, 2013, 2014, 2011, 2008
“Cultural Expressions” and “Mandela” Mount Vernon Arts & Culture, Feb. 2014
“Photography Takes Over” Feb. 2017, 2014, 2013, 2010 Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY
“Get It on the Records” Visceglia Gallery, Caldwell College, NJ Sept. – Oct. 2012
”Kamoinge: Revealing the Face of Katrina” College of New Rochelle, Gordon Parks Gallery Mar. – May 2012
“Singular Visions/Multiple Views” RCC Art Faculty Edward Hopper House Feb. - Mar. 2012
Neo-African Identities Baobab Gallery, Rochester NY (Co-curator) Dec. 2010 - Feb. 2011
SUNY Empire State College Photojournalism Workshop 2011 Kamoinge Presentation
“Kamoinge: As One” HP Gallery, Calumet, NYC, 2010
“59/59” Photographic Exhibition GAGA Arts Center, Garnerville, NY 2009 Hudson River Quadracentennial
OSI “Moving Walls Group Exhibition Katrina: An Unnatural Disaster” - Katrina Media Fellows, Soros Institute, NYC / WDC 2008 - 2009
”Kamoinge: Revealing the Face of Katrina” HP Gallery at Calumet, NYC Nov. – Jan. 2008
Kamoinge Inc. NY Times Store Web Site; Nordstrom’s Music Exhibition, 2007
The Dedicators Art Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY October, 2007
"Small Matters of Great Importance", National Juried Group Show, Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, N.Y. 2007
Rockland Center for the Arts Members’ Exhibit 07 Show, January – February 2007
Women Art 2007 AAUW, Summit College Club, New Providence, NJ
Kamoinge Inc. Nordstrom’s Department Stores Photography Tour February 2007
Kamoinge Inc. “Sweet Breath of Life” George G’Namdi Galleries, New York (Reception and booksignings), Columbia College, Chicago and Detroit Nov. 2004 – Sept. 2005
Kamoinge, Inc. Black Music: From Be-Bop to Hip Hop, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), January 2006
Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center, GAGA “24 x 24 Project” 2004, Collaborative Works of Rockland Artists
Rochester Institute of Technology, Photography Centennial, Alumni Exhibition 100 Years, Rochester, NY, 2003
“Kamoinge: As One”, New York University, Africana Studies Dept. NYC, January - February 2003
"Call and Response” Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit Michigan. Kamoinge, February 2002 - 2003
“Committed to the Image” Contemporary Black Photographers, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, 2001
“Black New York Photographers of the 20th Century”, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NY, NY, 2000
“What Does It Mean To Be Human?: Images of One and Other”, Rockland Community College, Photography Department, Suffern, NY Nov.– Feb.1999
"Small Matters of Great Importance", National Juried Group Show, Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, N.Y. 1998
"I Hear Music In the Air", African American Museum, Hempstead, N.Y., April - June 1998
"Rockland Connections: Today", Rockland Center for the Arts, W. Nyack, NY, March, 1996
"Faces" Juried Photo Exhibition, Edward Hopper House, Nyack, New York, 1996
"In Every Generation: Photographs By Women" Tweed Gallery, The City Hall of New York, Office of the Mayor, New York City, 1994
Curator; "There is a World Through Our Eyes: Perceptions and Visions of the African American Photographer", 1993;
A multi-sited exhibition at SUNY Rockland Community College, Blue Hill Cultural Center, Arts Alliance of Haverstraw, Rockland Center for the Arts, and Arts Council of Rockland
“Woman of the Americas”, Arts Alliance of Haverstraw, Haverstraw, NY 1993
“A Retrospective Series: Nineteen Years of Personal Imagery” Picture This Gallery, Stony Point, NY, 1992
“Pictures of My Generation: Rock N’ Roll Music Photography”, Cortland Arts Council, Center for Living Arts, Cortland, NY, 1992
"Photographs and Diaries: New Images By Women, Photographers",Le Mois de la Photo a Montreal, Canada, 1989
"Herstory: Women Photographers", FotoFest, Firehouse Gallery, Houston, Texas 1988
"Faces and Places of West Africa", Slide Presentation/Lecture, SPE NE, Buffalo, NY 1988
"Curator's Choice: The Photographer's Mind", Center for Exploratory Photographic Arts, (CEPA) Buffalo, NY 1987
"Women Defined and Redefined, A Photographic Essay", Unicorn Gallery/Museum, Newark Women's Caucus of Art, NYC, 1986
Community Darkroom Gallery, Annual Faculty Show, Rochester, NY 1983-1987
"Collection 21" Public Broadcasting, TV 21 Rochester, NY, 1986, 1985, 1983
Gallery 940, Toronto, Canada, 1985
Rochester Institute of Technology, Student Show, Rochester, NY, 1983
Lunsford Gallery, Rochester, NY, 1982
Brockport Tower of Fine Arts, “Celebrating African American History Month”, Brockport, NY, 1981, 1982

Timeless: Photographs by Kamoinge Schiffer Publishing, 2015;
Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Robert Hirsch, Elsevier Publishing 2017/2007
The Sweet Breath of Life, Kamoinge Atria Books, Simon and Schuster, 2004; The Blue Jean Book to Benefit VHI to Save the Music, Powerhouse Books, 2002
Committed to the Image Contemporary Black Photographers, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present, Reflections in Black Deborah Willis, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum for African American History and Culture, Norton Press, June 2000;
There Is A World Through Our Eyes: Perceptions and Visions of the African American Photographer, Rockland Community College, 1993
Emerge, Kemba Smith February 1999, May 1998, May 1996;
Image Works Photo Stock Agency, Woodstock, NY;
Art In America, Art In Review; 1987 A Ripple of Thunder! 1989

Lectures, Power Point Presentations
“Retrospective: Spirit of A People” 2016; CEJJES Institute and various locations Sponsored by Kurz Family Foundation
“Retrospective: Spirit of A People” Power Point, Ellipse, Technology Center, Rockland Community College 2016
“Retrospective: Spirit of a People”, and Photography Exhibition; Finkelstein Memorial Library 2015
“Amistad: From Mystic Seaport to Halifax, Nova Scotia” with Amistad Shipwright Wayne Bartow, 2007
“Post Hurricane Katrina”, 2007
“Faces and Places of West Africa”, 1994

Activities, Recognition and works in progress
ACOR Grant to produce “Retrospective: Spirit of a People”, 2015, Finkelstein Memorial Library
Kurz Family Foundation Grant, 2016 to present “Retrospective: Spirit of a People” to various communities
Artist in Residence, CEJJES Institute, Pomona, NY 2006-current
Rockland Coalition to End Jim Crow Initiative, CEJJES Institute, Pomona, NY
Freedom Fund, NAACP ACT-So Award, April 2010
County Executive Arts Awards, Visual Arts Award, 2008 (Arts Council of Rockland)
Book Personal Narrative on Photography (In-progress)
OSI/Soros Kamoinge Inc. Grant to document New Orleans Post Hurricane Katrina, April 2007
Empire State, Women In Photography Series Lecture, Feb. 2004, 2007
CEJJES Heritage Host Committee Collaboration “Amistad Freedom Project”, Oct. 2006
Artist in Residence, CEJJES Institute Pomona, NY 2002-current
National Council for Marketing and Public Relations “The Medallion Awards” 2016, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2001, 1999, Bronze Medallion of Merit, Rockland Community College
Curator, SUNY Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY, African American History Month Committee Exhibitions, February 1992-2016
Board Member, Arts Alliance of Haverstraw, 1996-2006
Curator, “There is a World Through Our Eyes Perceptions and Visions of the African American Photographer”,
Multi-Sited Show, Rockland Community College 1993
Nominee, 2001 County Executive Arts Awards, Visual Arts, Arts Council of Rockland
Professional Development Grant, University Photography (UPAA) Seminars, June 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009
Panelist, Arts Council of Rockland, NYSCA, Community Cultural Grants, 1999, 1995
“Takin’ the Struggle to the Streets”, 5 photographers; Library Bridge, Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY; 1999
NYSCA Grant, Photography Instructor, Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Purpose Center, Spring Valley, NY 1995
Judge, NABJ Photojournalism Contest, Philadelphia, August, 1995
Producer, Writer "Faces and Places of West Africa", SUNY Rockland Community College, 1994; presentations to school/community groups.
Moderator, NPPA "Photojournalism: The Other Side of the Picture"; panel discussion, New York City, 1994
“I Have a Dream”, 1963 – 1993 Hudson River Museum - slide project produced conjunction with Yonkers elementary school students and Planetarium staff, Yonkers, NY, 1994
"A Ripple of Thunder!" Collaboration with Writer Adolph Dupree; Exhibition and catalogue on the history of black motorcyclists in America, Rochester, 1987 Pyramid Gallery, Buffalo, NY 1987 CEPA Gallery
Art In America, Art In Review; 1987 “A Ripple of Thunder!” 1989 Best of the Year

Organizational Memberships
ACOR ~ Arts Council of Rockland, Garnerville Arts Center
African American Historical Society/CEJJES Institute, Pomona, NY
CEJJES Institute, Artist in Residence, Pomona, NY
Chiku Awali African Dance and Drum, Dancer/Drummer
Edward Hopper Art Center, Member, Nyack, NY
Garnerville Arts Center, Garnerville, NY
International Center of Photography, NYC
Kamoinge, Inc., Collective Member NY, NY, 2001
NAACP, National, Spring Valley, member
Rockland Center for the Arts, W. Nyack, NY
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC
SPE, Society of Photography Educators
UPAA, University Photographers Association of America
Woodstock Center of Photography, Member

Finkelstein Library, Spring Valley, NY
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photography Collection, New York, NY
Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
Women In Photography International Archive, CA
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