Nina Bentley has had numerous one-person shows in both Europe and America. She has won a number of awards in regional juried shows including Art of the Northeast, the Mattatuck Museum, the Katonah Museum and the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport. She was held a solo show at the New Britain Museum of American Art in their NEW/NOW series. Her works are also included in many private collections.
Bentley was chosen by Barney’s New York in 2004 to be their featured artist in the annual show “Madison Avenue: Where Fashion Meets Art” and in 2005 had a solo show at Silvermine Guild, titled “Self Improvement.”
In the last several years, she has exhibited at various galleries in Connecticut including New Haven University, Seaton Gallery and Central Connecticut State University. She has also curated numerous local exhibits for the Flynn Gallery in Greenwich, the Westport Historical Society, Westport Arts Center and the Rye Art Center.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1939, Bentley attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she studied fine art and graduated in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in History. She lived much of her adult life abroad in such places as Bologna, Frankfurt, London, Zurich, Santiago and Caracas. In the 1980s, Bentley, then living in Larchmont, N.Y, worked as executive director of the Rye Art Center and, now resident in Westport has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Westport Arts Center. She was one of the founding members of the Artists Collective of Westport and is also active with the Silvermine Guild Arts Center.