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Nancy Barton

Nancy Barton

Clinical Associate Professor of Art and Art Education

Art and Art Professions


Nancy Barton an artist working in photography and social art practices. Her interests include rural and urban collaboration, social equity, feminism, and psychoanalysis. Barton's work centers on photography, installation, and collaborations with individuals and communities. She founded the non-profit Prattsville Art Center and Residency in the Catskill Mountains following a devastating hurricane in 2012. As a socially engaged creative placemaking laboratory that re-connects rural and urban communities through experimentation and collaboration, the Center has used the arts to anchor disaster recovery and bring diversity to a small town main street. The Center is located in a flood-damaged historic structure, which has been rebuilt as a site for residencies, exhibitions, performance festivals, teaching, and symposia that bring together contemporary art, rural culture, and community recovery. Barton's projects have been shown at MoMA, Greenspon, and American Fine Arts, and supported by ArtPlace America, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, FEMA, and Creatives Rebuild New York. Ms Barton has exhibited, curated, taught, and lectured on art and creative placemaking in the US, Asia, Africa, and Europe. During her 25 year tenure at NYU, she has designed global art sites in Berlin, Ghana, and Abu Dhabi, and Chaired NYU’s Steinhardt Art Department.

Selected Publications

  • "Daydream Believers, Vol I," with Laurence Rickels, forthcoming
  • "Special Issue, Wagner and Consequences," Images: Nancy Barton, text: Slavoz Zizek, in "Lacanian Ink" #41,
  •  “Better Living Through Facebook,” in "Lacanian Ink" #40
  • "(Tele)Tales from the Crypt," in "Work and the Image Vol I," Ed. Valerie Mainz & Griselda Pollock, Ashgate Press 2000/Routledge Revivals 2019
  • “Profiles in Placemaking,” in "Community Development Investment Review: Creative Placemaking," Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, vol 10, Issue 2, 2014
  • “I, Myself Am War,” Curators' Essay in "Expenditure, Catalogue of the 2008 Busan Biennial," South Korea
  • “Beyond Belief,” in "Real Life Magazine, Selected Writing and Projects, 1979 - 1994," ed Miriam Katzeff, Thomas Lawson, Susan Morgan, 2007, Primary Information, NY
  • "Nancy Barton on Sue De Beer," in "Bomb," no. 92, Summer 2005
  • "Delay in the Machine Age," in "Art US," November 2005
  • "Curtain Call." in "Art US," March 2004
  • "Be Here Now (and Then); On Carol Bove," in "Art US," February, 2003
  • “Interview With the Vampire," in “Flash Art International," Jan/Feb 2000
  • Phantoms of Opera, in "Art & Text," Jan 1999
  • "New Feminist Photography," ed. Diane Neumair, Temple University Press, 1996
  • "California Photography: Remaking Make Believe," ed. Susan Kismaric, MoMA, NY, 1989


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