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Jari Poulin, MFA



For me, a photograph is a membrane through which subject, memory and emotion transmigrate. Using this conduit as a way to connect with and interpret the world around me is the most exciting part of what I do.



Jari Poulin is a photographer and printmaker based in Ithaca, NY.  She holds her MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Boston).  Her work is portrait based and explores ideas of the ephemeral, memory, and identity. As a former dancer/choreographer her work often features movement and dance or the implied sense of physicality and energetics.  


Her work explores themes of memory, identity, and trace. Through these themes she often pushes settled visual boundaries to reveal and conceal information in the images. She is interested in how the brain chooses to see, fill in the blanks, and discard visual information as is common in selective memory.  As an artist and fine art photographer, Jari’s images are photographically based, but at times she seeks to challenge traditional notions of the photograph by using various combinations of digital and analog processes, as well as mixed media and printmaking techniques such as polymer photogravure, monotypes, and stenciling within her practice.


Ms. Poulin is the recipient of many national and international awards including the International Photo Awards (IPA), 7th Worldwide Pollux Awards, Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA), Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3), ND Magazine Awards, Black and White Magazine Portfolio Award Winner, Color Magazine Portfolio Prize, the Ink Shop International Mini Print Juried Exhibit.


Her work has been exhibited widely including PhotoPlace Gallery Vermont, the Lunder Gallery in Boston, SE Center for Photography, Cape Cod Center for Photography, NYC for the Story of the Creative Exhibition, See Me Year in Review Exhibition on Long Island, The Ink Shop Printmaking Center, State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, NY, and in many venues throughout the Finger Lakes region.



MFA Visual Arts, Lesley University College of Art & Design


Exhibitions and Awards


SE Center for Photography, Greenville, South Carolina, August 2019

COLOR, juried exhibit


State of the Art Gallery, The Photography Show, March 2019

First Place Juror’s Award.  


20th Mini Print International Exhibit, November 2018, Ithaca NY

Juried Invitational, Awarded Honorable Mention for "Cryptic"


The Identity Exhibit at Tompkins County Library, October 2018

Select images from the "I Am" series 


The Ink Shop Members Show, Ithaca July-August 2019

Polymer photogravures and monoprints 


State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca NY,  Spring Photography Exhibit 2018

Juried Show, Awarded for piece from "Your Shopping Cart is Full" 


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

MFA Exhibition Group Show


Moscow International Foto Awards, 2017

Bronze Award, Portfolio/Advertising for Your Shopping Cart is Full series, aka #metoo 


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 show, entitled "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