Jewel Clearwater Fraser is a free spirit and wanderer. Despite a strong background in psychology, it seems that photography has chosen her. What inspires her most is seeing the beauty in the true essence of others. Currently, she is the staff photographer and counselor for the International Sonoran Desert Alliance, in southern Arizona. Originally from Massachusetts, she received her B.A. at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology, specializing in Expressive Therapies at Lesley College.
Jewel’s biggest adventure in photography has been in partnering with The Border Project created by Morgana Wallace Cooper. The Border Project is a mixed media art installation highlighting the perspectives of high school students living along the southern border of the US. Originally The Border Project was part of a collaborative show “Borders, Fences, & Gates” with the Smithsonian’s traveling show, “Between Fences.” The Border Project has since been shown at the Tohono O’odham Cultural Center & Museum and the Arizona State Museum. This month, it will be exhibited in Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico in a dual show with Ajo, Arizona, called “Redefining Borders.” Photos from The Border Project have been published in Voices Heard: Journal of the Heard Museum and in the book Globalization and Borders: Death at the Global Frontier by Leanne Weber and Sharon Pickering. Jewel’s photography has also been published in the National Endowment for the Arts magazine, NEA ARTS, and in brochures for Center for the Future of Arizona, and for Sonoran Desert Initiative, Conway Graduate Program in Sustainable Landscape Planning & Design. In 2007, she won 2nd Place for her short film, “Memory Lane: A looong Taxi Ride,” at Celluloid Bainbridge in Washington state. And sometimes, with some nudging from her friends and other local artists, she enters her photography at the local galleries in her town.