Jari Poulin, Photographer/Artist, MFA 

Through my great grandfather, Arnold Johnston, I became infatuated with the ability of a photograph to tell stories, ignite imagination and curiosity, and to illuminate a fleeting moment in time. Later I drank in the pages of Life and National Geographic Magazines enraptured by those amazing images that told of worlds beyond my frame of reference. 

While actively practicing the art of photography throughout my life, I also enjoyed a career as a dancer, choreographer and later as artistic and executive directors of arts organizations in Boston. In 2004 I made the life-changing decision to devote myself entirely to photography and took a year long sabbatical to devote myself to photography and writing in a small fishing village in Yelapa, Mexico and made a photo documentary and wrote a blog on my experiences there.

Since then, I have have been working as a commercial and fine art photographer.


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, Ithaca NY

May 6-27, 2016

Solo Exhibition: Dance Images

Photogravure and Platinum Palladium Prints


State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca NY

Juried Photography Show, March 2016

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

"Helping Hands" from the Dance/Memory Series, March, 2015


Black & White Magazine

Portfolio Competition Merit Award Winner 2015

June 2015 Issue, 2 page spread

Dance/Memory Portfolio


State of the Art Gallery: March 2015

Juried Photography Show Invitational


ND Annual Photo Awards, 2014 (Neutral Density Magazine)

Honorable Mention for "Heaven Above Earth Below" from the Dance/Memory Series


Worldwide Photography Awards, 7th Pollux Award

Portfolio Finalist for the Dance/Memory series

Fine Art, Professional Category


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:  March, 2014

Presented with Juror’s Award for Warrior Woman from the Dance/Memory Series

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







I Am (Dancer Identity)


Peeking Through Time

Textural Series

Southwest Series

Your Shopping Cart Series