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    “Ghana and Home: Views of Poignancy and Wonderment”


    Collette V. Fournier, Photographer (c) 2017


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    About The Artist

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    Collette V. Fournier

    Collette V. Fournier encompasses the best of photography. Earning a MFA in the Visual Arts from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BS from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Communications and Photographic Illustration, she recently retired as staff photographer at Rockland Community College where she remains an adjunct professor in the Photography department where she has taught since 1992. With eleven one-woman exhibitions, forty-one group exhibitions, and numerous publications, Collette is completing a personal narrative on her journey through the photographic arts. She is a former staff photographer for about…time magazine, Bergen Record, Rockland Journal-News, and freelancer for The New York Post. Earlier in her career, she was selected by the Rochester City School District and the University of Rochester to photograph three educational tours to West Africa. Fournier’s current trips explore Ghana capturing poignant images included in her “Retrospective Series….” As an active member of NYC-based Kamoinge Inc., an African American photography collective, as well as the University Photographer’s Association of America (UPAA.) her photos were exhibited in “Kamoinge: Revealing the Face of Katrina” in NYC at HP at Calumet Gallery and at the College of New Rochelle’s Gordon Parks Gallery. Honored by the American Association of University Women for her photography, Collette is the recipient of several awards for her work. She has been Artist-in-Residence at the CEJJES Institute in Pomona, NY and was “Artist of the Month” {December 2017} at the prestigious Edward Hopper Art Gallery in Nyack, New York. She shares her “Retrospective Series: Spirit of a People” with colleges, photography organizations, churches and community centers.