Statement and Biography

"During this time of uncertainty, fear, frustration and longing, my photographic interest have gravitated toward a focus on the little moments that are expressed in my day-to-day existence. I am interested in highlighting the important connections that help me to understand how to make meaning of a world that is in peril and at the moment siloed from a larger world. How do you focus your attention on creativity when people are dying, loosing their jobs and feeling isolated and scared? What is the meaning of taking a picture and sharing it with others? For me this question is answered by highlighting what connects us and how to find the beauty and importance in the mundane and the here and now."

 

Colette Veasey-Cullors is Associate Dean of Design & Media and Professor of Undergraduate Photography at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Colette has exhibited her work throughout the United States at museums, including The California African American Museum in Los Angeles, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston/Glassell School of Art in Houston, and The Chattanooga African American Museum in Chattanooga. Her work is included in the 2017 publication "MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora", an anthology featuring the work of more than 100 female photographers of African descent from around the world, as well as “BLACK: A Celebration of a Culture” and she produced the cover design for the textbook African-American Sociopolitical Philosophy: Imagining Black Communities.

 

Colette’s photographic work throughout her career has continually investigated themes pertaining to socio-economics, race, class, education and identity. She seeks to question our personal connections to these subjects and how one might justify and rationalize their existence to themselves and others.

 

Colette’s collaborative interest resides in the process of social and creative engagement with individuals and communities, with a particular interest in underinvested and underrepresented communities. She has worked with a number of community-based organizations, including Communities in Schools, Project Row Houses, Art on Purpose, 901 Arts and Art Source South Africa.

 

Colette received her MFA in Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1996 and her BFA in Photography from the University of Houston in 1992.

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