Collette V. Fournier

The skills of Collette V. Fournier encompass the best of photography. She has 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 is the retired staff photographer from the Campus Communications Department at Rockland Community College and adjuncts on staff as a professor in Rockland’s Art/Photography Department. In her career, Fournier has had fourteen one-woman exhibitions and forty-one group exhibitions along with her photography images published in numerous publications. She is completing a personal narrative on her journey through the photographic arts.

Fournier has worked as a staff photographer for The Rockland Journal-News, The Bergen Record and freelanced for The New York Post. 

Earlier in her career Fournier was selected by the University of Rochester and the Rochester City School District to photograph three educational tours to West Africa.

Fournier is an active member of NYC-based Kamoinge Inc., an African-American photography collective. Kamoinge published Sweet Breath of Life, A Poetic Narrative of the African American Family with writer Ntozake Shange. Through Kamoinge and The Soros Institute Open Society (OSI) grant, Ms. Fournier’s photos were on view in “Kamoinge: Revealing the Face of Katrina. Published in 2015, Timeless Kamoinge’s highly acclaimed book celebrates the collective’s 50th year.

Fournier is an active member of Society for Photographic Education (SPE) and was honored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for her photography.  Fournier received a Community Service Award from the Rockland County Legislature for the Arts, NAACP, Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and received the Artist of Award by the County Executive Arts Awards of the Arts Council in Rockland County.

Fournier shares her “Retrospective Series: Spirit of a People” with the community. Fournier has been Artist-in-Residence at the CEJJES Institute in Pomona, NY. and is active with the developing Gordon Black Cultural Arts Center.