The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.
Aileen Bassis creates photo based art about social and political issues. She works in bookarts, installation, printmaking and digital photography. Her subjects have included aging and dementia, memory, the tragedy of 9/11, issues of immigration and cultural identity, abused children, psychiatric drugs, anti-Semitism, AIDS and breast cancer. She received a Fellowship in Photography from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 1999, and was awarded a Printmaking residency to Belgium's Frans Masereel Center in 2002. She was awarded a Dodge Fellowship for a residency to the Vermont Studio Center in and received a grant from the Puffin Foundation. Her work was been in numerous exhibitions including solo shows in New York City at the Ceres Project Room, Gallery 402, Organization of Independent Artists, RH Oosterom Gallery and Foto Gallery. She has had solo exhibits at Orbit 1 Gallery at Rutgers University, Newark, Griffin Gallery in NJ, the College of St. Elizabeth in NJ, Ohio University, the Fox Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, the Siegfred Gallery at Ohio University in Athens, and Moravian College, PA. Her work has been in group exhibits in New York at Westbeth Gallery, The Bronx River Art Center, Sylvia White Gallery, Kentler Drawing Space, Queens Museum, Gallery A Space, Ceres Gallery and others. Her work has been in New Jersey group shows at the Jersey City Museum, Victory Hall and Mana Fine Arts in Jersey City, Gallery Aferro in Newark, Raritan Valley Community College, Passaic County Community College, Hunterdon Museum of Art, City Without Walls, Aljira, Puffin Cultural Foundation, Makeready Gallery and others. Her artists books are in several public collections including Yale Haas Art Library, Dartmouth, Wellesley and Lafayette Colleges, the St. Stephen Museum in Hungary, Newark Public Library. She also has work iin collections of the NY Public Library, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp and the Nelimarkka Museum in Finland. She received a BA from SUNY at Binghamton in Studio Art and a MA from Hunter College in Creative Art.