Nancy Ori


Nancy J. Ori obtained a BA degree in Fine Arts from Elmira College, Elmira, NY and an MS degree in Visual Communications from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.   She worked for 25 years for Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals and Novartis Pharmaceuticals as their corporate photographer and manager of Video and Photography Services.

Ori is the owner of New Jersey Media Center, LLC in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey where she continues to do product, portrait and event photography.  She also enjoys teaching photography and painting workshops each year throughout the United States and Europe.  Nancy was taught by Ansel Adams and was then affiliated for many years with the Ansel Adams Workshop in California. In New Jersey, she is currently on the faculty of numerous museums and art centers as well as teaches privately.


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 at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey in Summit 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 numerous grant projects and fine art exhibits including the prestigious New Jersey Fine Arts Annual. Her work is in the permanent museum collections including:  Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus;  Noyes Museum, Oceanville;  Newark Museum, Newark;  Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA,  and Museum of Modern Art, NYC. Numerous international private collections.

 You can see more of Nancy’s work at either Nancy Ori Fine Art or Nancy Ori Photography. Nancy also runs photography workshops which can be found at Nancy Ori Workshops.

Group Exhibits:

Participated in over 300 group exhibitions since 1995 with 1-10 pieces per exhibit.
Including: Morris Museum, Morristown; Tourist Center Gallery, Lavardin, France;  Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn; McCulloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown; Texas International in Plano, TX; Simon Gallery, Morristown; Newark Museum, Newark; Trenton City Museum; Printmaking Council, Somerset; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton; Monmouth Museum, Monmouth, NJ; Wittliff Gallery of S.western & Mex Photog in San Marcos, TX; Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, TX; Liberty Science Center, Jersey City; Times Square Gallery, NYC; Mayo Center for Performing Arts, Morristown; Watchung Arts Center, Watchung; Peters Valley Faculty Exhibit, Layton; Arts Guild of NJ, Rahway; College of St. Eliz, Morristown; Studio Montclair regular, Montclair; Overlook Medical Center, Summit;

Solo Exhibits:

Participated in over 80 solo exhibits in New Jersey unless otherwise indicated.

2013  Union County Freeholders Gallery in Elizabeth and several group exhibits

2012  Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morristown; Skulski Gallery, Clark; Mayo Theater for the Performing Arts

2011  Windows on Columbus in Jersey City; Casperia Invitational in Italy; Summit Medical Group, Berkeley Heights; ETS in Princeton; Skulski Gallery in Clark;  Unique University, Fairfield;

2010  Educational Testing Service in Princeton; Unique University in Fairfield; New Providence Library, N. Providence; Watchung Arts Center, Watchung.

2009   Park Ave Club in Florham Park; Antique Car Museum in Hershey, PA;

2008  Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton; New Providence Library; Nassau Club, Princeton; 

2007  Visual Arts Center of NJ Faculty solo show; Blair Academy in Blairstown; Bloomingdales, Bridgewater; Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit; Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton;

2006   Johnson and Johnson Corp Headquarters in New Brunswick;  Visual Arts Center of NJ Faculty solo exhibit in Summit;  Freeholders Gallery in Elizabeth;  Morristown Community Theater Gallery in Morristown;

2005   Palmer Museum, Springfield; Educational Testing Service, Princeton; Berkeley Heights Library Gallery, Berkeley Heights; Borus Properties, Summit; Watchung Arts Center, Watchung; Frelinghueysen Arboretum Gallery, Morristown; Johnson & Johnson Corporate Headquarters Gallery, New  Brunswick; Fantastic Finds Gallery, Montclair; New Providence Library Gallery, New Providence.

2004    Les Malamut Gallery, Union; Diversity Art Gallery, Clark; Berkeley Heights Library Gallery, Berkeley Heights; Summit Library Gallery, Summit; City Hall, Jersey City

2003    Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside;  Sanguliano Garden Gallery in Mountainside;  Schering Plough in Kennelworth;  Port of Authority in NYC;  College of St Elizabeth, Convent  Station;  Freeholder’s Gallery Elizabeth;   Berkeley Heights Library Gallery Berkeley Heights

2002    Reeves Reed Arboretum, Summit;  Borus Properties Gallery, Summit;   Palmer Museum, Springfield; Abrons Art Center, NYC;  Freeholder’s Gallery, Elizabeth

2001    New Jersey Center For Visual Arts Faculty Gallery, Summit; Louisa Melrose Gallery, Holicong, PA; Abrons Art Center, NYC

2000    Seton Hall University Walsh Gallery, Newark;   Kent Place Gallery Summit

1999    Gallery of the Arts Guild of Rahway, Rahway, NJ Grand Opening Exhibit;  John Harms Center for the Arts, Englewood;  Liberty Science Center, Jersey City (6 month landscape photography exhibit)

1998    Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus

1997    Atrium Gallery, Morristown;  Chase Room, Madison;  VOX Gallery, Summit

1996     Automatic Data Processing Corporate Headquarters, Roseland;  Palmer Museum, Springfield; Drew University Gallery, Madison;  Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside

1995  Malamut Art Gallery,  Union;  American Cyanamid Company, Princeton;  Merrill Lynch, Princeton;   Selfon’s, Summit; Southern Light Gallery, Amarillo, TX;  Educational Testing Service, Princeton;  Photo Gallery 2D, Chicago Heights, ILL;  Summerfun Theater Distinguished Artists Series, Little Falls;  Burgdorff Corp. Headquarters Gallery, Murray Hill;  Silent Pictures Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY;  Moore College of Art and Design, Phila, PA


1997 CIVA Codex III (12 selected photographers published a limited, 50 edition, bound collection for exhibition and sale).

1997 Edition IX: Construction (32 selected artists of various disciplines published a limited, 50 edition, bound collection for exhibition and sale).

1998 Edition X: Speculation (32 selected artists of various disciplines published a limited, 50 edition, bound collection for exhibition and sale).

2007 Self Published: Images of Italy, a portfolio of images from the workshop conducted in Italy in 2006.

2008 Self Published: Capturing the Light of the South West, images from south west workshop in 2007.

2009 Self Published: The Waterbook, images in the landscape including water.

Permanent Collections:  

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., NYC, NY;  Ilford Photo Corp., Paramus, NJ;  Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, NJ;  American Cyanamid Co., Princeton, NJ;  Merrill Lynch, Princeton, NJ;  Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ;  Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Newark Museum, Newark; and the Museum of Modern Art, NY.   Numerous international private collections.


Founder, Director and Curator of Exhibits for the New Jersey Photography Forum and the Digital Arts Group  since 1995;  Juror of Photography for Union County Teen Arts Festival since 1994; 1997 Newark Arts Council Mentor/Celebrity Artist Event;  featured speaker and fine art exhibitor at 2000 Essex County Conference on the Olmsted Legacy and Landscape Architecture in NJ at Seton Hall University, South Orange;  2000 Curator and exhibitor: “Stolen Glances”, photography exhibit at the Arts Guild of NJ in Rahway and again in 2002 at the Morris Museum in Morristown.  2002 Curator and exhibitor of “Eyes on the Land” for Rahway Arts Guild in Rahway.  2003 Curator of “Face to Face” at the Arts Guild of Rahway; Curator of 3 Landscape Exhibits for the Watchung Arts Center in Watchung since 1998; 2006 curator of the New Jersey Photography Forum exhibit in main gallery of the Visual Art Center of New Jersey in Summit; 2009/2010 curator of photography for Watchung Arts Center and the New Art Group in Watchung.

Teaching Positions:

Visual Art Center of New Jersey in Summit over 20 years; Peter’s Valley Craft Education Center in Layton for past 9 years; Watchung Adult School in Watchung over 15 years; Somerset Art Assoc. 8 years, Bedminster; Morris Museum in Morristown 8 years; Newark Museum, Newark for 3 years; Summit Area Community Schools for 13 years and the Ansel Adams Workshop for 8 seasons; Grounds for Sculpture visiting instructor; Founder, Director and instructor at the New Jersey Heritage Workshops in Cape May since 1990. Private tutoring since 1997.

Grants and Awards:

1995 New Jersey Fine Arts Annual at the MorrisMuseum

1996 Distinguished Artist at Essex Fine Arts Gallery, Montclair

1996 Art in New Jersey Exhibit at Ben Shahn Galleries

1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 HEART Grant recipient from Union County Freeholders

2004 Woman of Excellence Award in Arts and Humanities for Union County