Aileen Bassis was born in New York City. She attended the High School of Music and
Art, received a B.A. in Studio Art from SUNY at Binghamton, and an M.A. in Creative Art
from Hunter College. She received a Fellowship in Photography from the New Jersey
State Council on the Arts and a grant from the Puffin Foundation. She has been
awarded many artist residencies, including the Frans Masereel Graphic Center in
Belgium, a Dodge Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, the Nelimarkka Museum in
Finland, Baztille Guest Studio in the Netherlands, Canserrat in Spain, Rebild2012 in
Denmark, Art Doc-Net in France, and Associazione Culturale SabinARTi in Italy.
She concentrated on drawing, graphics and painting as a student. She's a self-taught
photographer. She first exhibited her photographs in l977 at Foto Gallery in NYC. She
uses her photographs to create groups of altered books, handmade books, prints,
mixed media work on paper, and installations.
Her work is in the collections of the New York Public Library, the Newark Public Library,
Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, the Nelimarkka Museum, Finland, the King St.
Stephen Museum, Hungary and artist book collections at Yale, Temple and James
Madison Universities; Dartmouth, Lafayette and Wellesley Colleges.
She has exhibited her work in one-person shows at Rutgers University, Newark, the
University of Pennsylvania, the College of St. Elizabeth, NJ, Moravian College, PA, RH
Oosterom Gallery, New York City, the Hudson D. Walker Gallery in Provincetown, the
Seigfred Gallery at Ohio University, the Griffin Gallery in NJ, and in New York City at the
Ceres Project Room, and at Gallery 402 of the Organization of Independent Artists.
She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in museums, galleries and colleges
including the Jersey City Museum, Queens Museum, Noyes Museum, Islip Art Museum,
Yavapai College, AZ, Truman State University, MO, Columbia University, Boston
University, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, Gallery 1101 at the University of Southern
Illinois, Morehead State University, Kentucky, Passaic County Community College's
Broadway Gallery, Raritan Valley Community College, Gallery Aferro, City Without
Walls, and in many New York City galleries, including the Center for Book Arts, Ceres
Gallery, Sylvia White Gallery, and NurtureArt Gallery.
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