Elaine Marie Baunhuber Fisher, BFA, MDESS

Elaine Fisher

Title: Chancellor Professor Emerita, Art Educator, Fine Arts Photographer

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Elaine Fisher, Chancellor Professor Emerita, Art Educator and Fine Arts Photographer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in fine arts photography.

Ms. Fisher became enamored with the field of photography in one of the most unlikely of places – a bubblegum wrapper. On her way home from school one day, she purchased a piece of gum that came with a negative and photo paper that would reveal an image when held up in the sun. Intrigued by the concept, she wrote to the company to find out what it was and upon learning it was photographic printing paper, she headed to a supply story and began experimenting with it. She later got into using tri-chem packs as the ink was permanent and later picked up a camera to explore the wonders of photography. Ms. Fisher continued to follow her passion by earning a BFA at Carnegie Mellon University in 1961, and later an MDESS at Harvard University in 1989.

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From 1973 to 2008, Ms. Fisher worked as a chancellor and professor of photography at the University of Massachusetts. During this time, she also served as the chancellor and head of photography majors. As a photographer, her work has been exhibited in more than 150 galleries, museums and universities across 27 states. Her work has been shown at the Belmont Gallery of Art, the Carpenter Center at Harvard, Michigan State University, Women See Women, In/Sights and publications such as Aperture. In 2000, she was named Scholar of the Year and in 1999 she received First Prize from the International Art Association. Now retired and bestowed with the honorary professor emerita title, she maintains affiliation with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Faculty Retirees Association. She was also a University of Massachusetts Faculty Senator from 1993 to 2008. She is the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Fisher has also been included in several editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women.

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