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Jari Poulin, MFA



Since adolescence, I have had a great interest in photography and visual language. Still in high school, I was fortunate enough to study it with a passionate teacher and learn darkroom before analog processes gave way to the digital world.  That physical sense of working in the darkroom and the magical alchemy of processing negatives and developing prints has fed my interest in alternative processes as well as the vast possibilities of manipulation in the digital darkroom.

I also enjoyed a career as a dancer, choreographer and later as artistic and executive directors of dance companies, performing arts schools and arts organizations in Jamestown, NY, Bradford, PA and Boston, MA.

In 2004 I made the life-changing decision to devote myself entirely to a photography based art practice and took the better part of a year to immerse myself in photography and writing while living in a small fishing village in Yelapa, Mexico.  While there, I made a photo documentary and blog on my experiences there. Following this, I lived in Taos, NM for several years and began creating fine art work inspired by living on the high mesa in New Mexico.

I currently reside in Ithaca, NY where I have a studio practice using photography, alternative processes and mixed media.


MFA Visual Arts, Lesley University School of Art + Design


Awards, Exhibits, Projects


Roberts Gallery at Lesley University School of Art and Design, January 2018

MFA Exhibition Group Show


ND Magazine Awards, December 2017

Fine Art Portfolio: Honorable Mention Award "Your Shopping Cart is Full" series and for Single Image Honorable Mention for "Hear No Evil"


The Ink Shop Printmaking Center and Olive Branch Press

May 6-27, 2016

Solo Exhibition:  Dance Images

Photogravure and Platinum Palladium Prints


State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca NY

Juried Photography Show, March 2015

Immutable Truths from the "I Am" series


Neutral Density Photography Awards, November 2015

Fine Art Portrait: Honorable Mention Award "I Am" series


Moscow International Foto Awards, October 2015

Fine Art Portrait: Honorable Mention Award for the “I Am” series


PX3: Prix de la Photographie, Paris, June 2015

Fine Art Category: Honorable Mention for the Dance/Memory Series


Leidenfrost Vineyards, September 2015

Printmaking: Group Show with Members of the Ink Shop


Lamouroux Landing Wine Cellars, Lodi NY, October 2015

Printmaking:  Group Show with Members of the Ink Shop


The Ink Shop Members Show, June 2015

Featuring "Helping Hands" from the Dance/Memory series


Black & White Magazine Portfolio Award Winner 2015

Merit Award featured work in 2 page spread in issue #110 August 2015

The award was given for the Dance/Memory Portfolio


ND Annual Photography Awards, 2014  (Neutral Density Magazine)

Honorable Mention for the Dance/Memory Portfolio

Fine Art Category


Worldwide Photography Awards, 7th Pollux Award

Finalist in the Fine Art Professional Category

Image:  "Heaven Above Earth Below" from the Dance Memory Series


State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca NY, 2015

The Annual Photo Show, March 2015

Annual Invitational Juried Show


Damiani Wine Cellars, Burdett NY, June-July 2014
Solo Exhibit: The Colors of the Southwest
Large, textural photographs from the Southwest on fiber
Sponsored by ARTe Finger Lakes Art Coordination

The Ink Shop, Ithaca NY, May 2014
Member Exhibit
Exhibiting Polymer Photogravure Prints

Photography Center of Cape Cod:  March-April 2014
Invitation to participate in juried group show “In the Moment”
Received 1st Place Award in Juried Show
Sponsored by the Cape Cod Art Association 

State of the Art Gallery:  Ithaca, NY, March, 2014
Presented with Juror’s Award for Warrior Woman
Annual Photo Show, March 2014

Year in Review Exhibition: March, 2014 Exhibition Space, Long Island City, NJ

Tompkins County Public Library: February-March 2014
Invitational inclusion in the “The Joy of Dance” exhibit throughout the library

The Story of the Creative: An International Exhibition, NYC
July-September 2013
An invitational exhibition of artists from 100 nations representing a diverse range of mediums, styles, influences and inspirations.  Sponsored by the Foundation for Contemporary Art

Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury Vermont:  April-May 2013
Mysterious Visions: Dreams, Fantasies, and Mirages 
Group Exhibition

Tompkins Trust Open Space Exhibit, Ithaca NY: Jan-Feb 2013
 Solo exhibition of works from the Winter White series.

Satori Spa, Exhibit, Ithaca, NY:  June 2012 and July 2013
Solo exhibition of works from the Winter White series.

State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca NY:  Juried Exhibit Award Winner 2012
Exhibited work and received an award for “Peter” in the Photography Show (March 1-30)

COLOR Magazine Portfolio Contest Winner 2010-11
August 2010 received COLOR Magazine's highest award as a Spotlight Winner in the Portfolio Contest.  COLOR Magazine will be publishing a four-page feature on my work in one of the 2011 issues.

COLOR Magazine Single Image Award Winner 2009-10
February 2010 received a Merit Award from COLOR Magazine for a submission to the Single Image Awards Competition. Photo(s) to appear in Special Edition issue in March 2010.

Photo Documentary Project in Yelapa, Jalisco, Mexico
2005-2006 spent six months photo-documenting the life of a small fishing village. Designed and maintained a photo blog to share the experience with photos and writings. Return annually to document rapid changes in this unique fishing village. Project will continue over a ten year period 2005 to 2015 and culminate in an exhibit and potential book project.

State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca NY:  Juried Photography Exhibit 2011 and 2012
Exhibited work and received an award for “Peter” in the Photography Show (March 1-30)

Stables Gallery “Paint” Exhibit, July and October 2006
Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
Two person exhibit with Mexican painter, Deimoz, July and October 2006

Taos Gallery Association , Taos, NM
May 2006, one month exhibit for the Taos "Spring Arts" exhibit

Gary Williams Gallery, Taos, NM
Representation 2005 of the "Yelapa Series"

Cichon Fine Arts Gallery, Taos, NM
"Brown Paper Wrapper" exhibit, October 2006, nude photography

Other Juried Shows
Golden Fine Arts Festival, Golden. CO
Santa Fe Fine Arts Festival, Santa Fe, NM
Red River Fine Arts and Wine Festival, Red River, NM
Taos Fine Arts Festival, Taos, NM
Taos Open Art Show, Taos, NM

Previous Gallery Representation
Open Space Gallery, Taos NM
Rane Gallery, Taos, NM