The idea of crossing boundaries and breaking down barriers has been a major focus of the work of artist, educator, and writer Mara Jevera Fulmer.

Mara earned a BA in (Fine Art) Photography with a Second Field in Journalism from the University at Albany, SUNY ('79); an MA in Advertising Design from Syracuse University ('96); and an MFA in Graphic Design from Michigan State University ('05). Her artistic and scholarly work spans a wide range of media from photography, monoprints, and artist's books, to video and multimedia, to installation design.

Her work is greatly influenced by her own multi-ethnic background as well as her international work experience. Professional work took Mara and her family to the Fiji Islands from 1991-1997 when she took on the position of Senior Graphic Artist/Photographer and Art Director for The University of the South Pacific, a regional institution serving the entire Pacific Basin. Prior to that, Mara had served as Graphic Artist and Art Director for the University at Albany, SUNY, and had her early experience included publishing and teaching Graphic Design and Illustration parttime at Sage Colleges in Albany, NY.

Upon her return to the USA in mid-1997, Mara accepted a position at C.S. Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, as fulltime faculty and developer charged with the creation of a new degree program in graphic design. She is now an Associate Professor and Coordinator in Graphic Design for this highly successful program.

Her work at Mott has included three overseas study programs where she lead Flint students to the South Pacific for a cross-cultural immersion experience focusing on Oceanic arts and culture.In addition to the exhibit here at BCBSM, she has also curated exhibitions at the Fiji National Museum and Mott Community College.

Mara's artwork has been exhibited at galleries around the world, from Fiji to Australia, New York, Ohio, and Michigan. She has several self-published works, focusing on cross-cultural and Oceania issues. Her clients also span the globe, from the Pacific to around the USA. She also serves as an online volunteer doing design work for various organizations through the United Nations, through their NetAid and Online Volunteer program. For more information, visit www.lookinglassdesign.com and www.seacrossings.org. Mara has recently been named a Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster candidates.

Her work here with the Tellin My Story research group extends her interests in bridging understanding across cultural, social, racial and economic stratas to the urban center of Detroit where many face the challenges of meeting basic human needs, ones that force us to face our community responsibilities and personal humanity.


Mara Jevera Fulmer








Curriculum Vitae
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last revised June 4, 2006