Nancy Barton is an artist and educator, working in photography, installation, and community-engaged collaborations. Her work seeks to understand the effects of events in the larger world on psychic experience, and explores mourning and empathy as a space of resilience in response to historic forces that destabilize identity. She divides her time between Prattsville, New York City, and Wonder Valley, and is the Founding Director of the Prattsville Art Project, as well as a professor at New York University. Her work in creative placemaking and rural revitalization has been supported by the NEA, NYSCA, and ArtPlace America. She exhibits, curates and lectures on art, education, and placemaking in the US, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Working with individuals, organizations, and institutions around the world, she has created lasting positive change in both academic and community settings.