Nancy J. Ori obtained a BA degree in Fine Arts from Elmira College, Elmira, NY where she became increasingly interested in film and photography. She received an MS degree in Visual Communications from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
Ori, owner of New Jersey Media Center, LLC in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, is respected internationally as an industrial photographer and video producer for over three decades. 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 in New Jersey is currently on the faculty of numerous museums and art centers as well as teaches privately.
She worked for 25 years for Ciba Geigy Pharmaceuticals and Novartis Pharmaceuticals as their in-house corporate photographer and then as manager of Video and Photography Services.
In 1991, she established The New Jersey Heritage Workshops, a series of painting and photography workshops, which she holds each spring in Cape May. And in 1995, she founded the New Jersey Photography Forum, which is a group of professional and semi-professional photographic artists that meet regularly to discuss their work as well as seek exhibit opportunities within the state. Since inception, the Forum has grown under Nancy’s direction to become the largest group of fine art exhibiting photographers in New Jersey and has now expanded to include the Digital Arts Group of the New Jersey Photography Forum.
Ms. Ori’s work has been widely exhibited in museums & galleries throughout the globe & has been chosen to participate in the 1995 New Jersey Fine Arts Annual at the Morris Museum, Morristown; Art in New Jersey 1996, Ben Shahn Galleries, Wayne; Distinguished Artists Series, Essex Fine Arts Gallery, Montclair; 1997 Newark Arts Council Mentor/Celebrity Artist Program, New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Participated in over 100 solo exhibits and 300 group shows. Received numerous awards & grants including: 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2005 HEART Grants from Union Cty Freeholders, 2004 Woman of Excellence Award in Arts & Humanities from Union County.
In permanent art collections in New Jersey: Ilford Photo Corp., Paramus; Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus; Noyes Museum, Oceanville; Newark Museum, Newark; Merrill Lynch, Princeton; American Cyanamid Company, Princeton;
as well as at: Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Novartis Corporate Headquarters, NYC and Museum of Modern Art, NYC. Numerous international private collections.
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