ART@BTI Features Photos of Nancy Ridenour

by | Mar 26, 2015

Nancy V. Ridenour


Ridenour, Coral Peony

Nancy V. Ridenour spent her youth in Schenectady, NY, surrounded by a large family involved in the florist business. Flowers and gardens were central to those years, which led to a major in biology while at Cornell University. The natural science thread has been strong throughout her career as a biology teacher at Ithaca High School, in her personal life of gardening and flower arranging, and now her focus in retirement of digital artistic photography.

Ridenour retired in 2005 after 32 years of teaching and administration at Ithaca High School. In 2006, she took classes in photography and Photoshop at TC3. That experience enlightened her retirement and developed into a second career as a photographic artist.

Her first floral subject was the lotus flower that grows in her pond. That focus expanded to other flowers, close-up photography, buildings at Cornell, the cement sculptures located in the Arboretum of the Cornell Plantations, travel photos and more currently, bird photography.

Ridenour is a member of the Ithaca Garden Club and the Campus Club at Cornell, as well as professional science teacher organizations.

The photographic show at Boyce Thompson Institute covers a wide range of approaches to floral photography, including digital montages, natural settings, and staged macrophotography.

The reception for this show will be April 23rd, 5 to 7 p.m. and will have refreshments and art for sale. Ridenour and a Boyce Thompson scientist will give short presentations.

Nancy has prints and tiles available at her website that can be ordered directly from her at  Please check out the galleries of her website:

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