Artist Talk – Colette Veasey-Cullors
Colette Veasey-Cullors is Associate Dean of Design & Media and Professor of Undergraduate Photography at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2012, she was awarded the Maryland Institute College of Art, Board of Trustee Excellence in Teaching Award.
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 howone 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.
In 2014, Colette was a consultant at Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein, South Africa where she advised and helped to develop new curriculum for their Advanced and Postgraduate Diplomas. The result is the first collaborative arts curriculum in South Africa. In 2019, she will jury the Social Documentary Photography Grant 2019 Awarded by MurthyNAYAK Foundation & Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication (SACAC) in New Delhi, India.
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.