Nancy V. Ridenour grew up in a florist family in Schenectady, NY. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in biology and worked in Laos for five years as a volunteer in the villages. When she returned to Ithaca, she became a biology teacher at Ithaca High School.
In 2005, she retired from teaching and enrolled in photography classes in Dryden. Those classes led to expertise in photography and photo processing. The pleasure of producing digital images led to her joining the artistic community in Ithaca. The subject for the digital images includes cement sculptures in the Cornell Plantations, city-scapes in Manhattan and Chicago, birds in Florida, and flowers in personal and public gardens.
Since 2005, Ridenour has been involved in over one hundred photography shows, both group and solo. These have been in Ithaca and surrounding cities, as well as the following galleries: Image City in Rochester, YCAC in Penn Yan, Agora Gallery in Manhattan, BWAC in Red Hook, Main Street Gallery in Clifton Springs, 60 East Gallery in Corning, and 171 Cedar Arts Gallery in Corning, NY.