June 16 - July 31, 2018
Nancy Basmann at the Vestal Museum
Opening Saturday June 16, 2018: 12-3pm
Artist talk: June 16 @ 1pm
Nancy Basmann and her husband Robert, who both are retired professors, reside in Vestal. Nancy comes from Brooklyn and received her higher education in England. Her interest in photography dates from her visits as a teenager to the Museum of Modern Art, which had a large collection of street photography. The MOMA prints evoked the daily sights of her father, who rode the subway to work and was a haberdasher in the Fashion District. Nancy’s teenage years were the heady days of the Congress of Racial Equality, with the children of the Brooklyn left and their friends eager participants. Nancy never gave up her empathy for the underdog. When Robert met Nancy in 1990, he wooed her with their shared academic interests and photography, for he himself had trained in art and had his own darkroom. For Nancy, photography became the fulcrum of the intersecting influences.
Nancy received her formal training at the New York Institute of Photography (2011-13). She studied for the arduous certification exam offered by the national trade organization, Professional Photographers of America. Her artwork presented during three years to PPA judges won her the degree of Master of Photographer. Nancy is the only photographer in Broome County who is a PPA Certified Professional Photographer and a Master Photographer.
Nancy Basmann has won several national awards for her photographic images. The solo-show at the Vestal Museum, her first, falls into two parts. Nancy is primarily a portrait photographer with a humanistic view. Her subjects at the show are mainly those whom most of us in the city do not notice: The beggars, the alcoholics, the paupers, the mad. She also is recording the historical decline of our region through architectural imagery.
The distinctive storytelling in Nancy’s images at the show indicates why she has gained in a short time a national reputation. This spring the magazine of the American Society of Photographers wrote up one of her images, on show at the Vestal Museum.
Founded in 1823, Vestal had its humble beginnings as a lumbering and farming community. Come learn the history of farming in Vestal from the large farm on Hiawatha Island to the John S. LaGrange Farm to Drovers Inn to Cold Spring Farm to Brookdale Stock farm. The Vestal Historical Society’s extensive farming collection will be on display as well as photographs of the farms that made up the town.