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Nancy J. Ori
Berkeley Heights, NJ

Artwork Details
Bodie Morgue
Silver Gelatin Black and White
11" x 11"

Nancy J. Ori is respected internationally for her over 30 years as an industrial photographer and video producer for Ciba-Geigy and Novartis Pharmaceuticals in East Hanover and New Jersey Media Center, LLC in Berkeley Heights, NJ. She also enjoys teaching photography and painting workshops each year throughout the United States and Europe. Nancy was affiliated for many years with the Ansel Adams Workshop in California and is now on the faculty in New Jersey at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey in Summit; the Somerset Art Association in Bedminster; Peter’s Valley in Layton; Studio 16 in Warren; the Morris Museum in Morristown; and the Watchung Adult School.  In 1990, she established The New Jersey Heritage Workshops for Photography and Painting, which she holds each spring in Cape May.  And in 1995 she established the New Jersey Photography Forum, which is a group of professional and serious amateur photographers that meet regularly to discuss their work as well as exhibit within the state.  Under Nancy’s direction, The Forum has grown to be the largest group of exhibiting fine art photographers in New Jersey. A spin-off group has now evolved called the Digital Arts Group which she also runs at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit.

Photographing in the West Coast tradition of her long-time mentor, Ansel Adams, Nancy expresses her own interpretation of the landscape and architecture. Her photographs reveal a love of light, shadow and form in natural and man-made settings. They are powerful documentations of the land and humanity’s intrusion into the landscape, expressing its vulnerability and endurance. “As I look at my work, I am aware of the major role that Nature plays in the way that I see and make photographs. Nature has a way of peeling away decay to reveal something new.  This same process has become a way of seeing, thinking and documenting for me.  I do not want my photographs to show decomposition but instead vulnerability, not the ravages of time but endurance.”

Newer portfolios include a ghost town series from Bodie, California; a series of pinhole photographs of historical sites in Europe; Polaroid Image Transfers, Manipulations and Emulsion Lifts; black and white images of historical sites in Union County, New Jersey; large color images of the many Frederick Law Olmsted park designs in New Jersey; and black and white panorama photographs of landscapes and architecture in the southwest, Cape May and Europe. Nancy is also venturing into other art forms by using pastels and other paint mediums to enhance a new series of ‘painterly’ photographs.

Ori’s work has been widely published and exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Some of the many exhibits include: NJ Fine Arts Annual, Morris Museum (Morristown),1995; Art in New Jersey, Ben Shahn Galleries (Wayne) 1996; Distinguished Artists Series, Essex Fine Arts Gallery (Montclair),1996; a solo exhibit at the Arts Guild of Rahway,1999; a solo exhibition Public Pathways at both the Liberty Science Center (Jersey City), 1999/2000 and Seton Hall University, 2000 in conjunction with a speaker presentation featuring historians, preservationists and landscape architects from New Jersey. She has also been the recipient of the 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 HEART GRANTS (History, Education and Art Reaching Thousands) from Union County Freeholders and won the 2004 Woman of Excellence in Arts and Humanities from Commission on Advocacy for Women and Union County Freeholders.