Charzette Torrence was proudly born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Some of her favorite things that she loves from her hometown are Vernor’s, Better Made Chips, Faygo Pop, Pink Cadillac, Aretha Franklin, and the Motown sound. She received her B.F.A in Fine Art Photography from the College for Creative Studies in 1993.  She was selected as an Artist-in-Residence at the world-renowned Maine Photography Workshop in 1992, where she got a chance to study under photographers of the caliber of Arnold Newman, Maggie Stebbers, and Joyce Tenneson.  One of her photos from her Essence of a Woman series was featured in the 1992 Art in America. Then, in 1994, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in New York City, purchased her series Single Working Parent. In 2005 Charzette Torrence shown her fifty-piece series the Just As We Are Project which are images depicting gay people in a way completely unlike the way they are portrayed in the mainstream media. Then in 2018 Charzette was selected as new raising artist at Art Basel in Miami, Fl for her Prevalent Series which is a Mixed Media Social Justice art. Charzette likes to give back to art organization and in 2019 she participated in A.I.R Gallery postcard exhibition which each sale of art goes toward there women fellowship. Also in 2019, she partners with AALSUC and Marriot Brooklyn downtown to show African American LGBTQI portraits from her Just As We Are Series. She believes that art is everywhere and for everyone to see and feel into their consciousness for change. Charzette Torrence currently lives in Harlem, NY which she loves the sounds and creative energy of the city.

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