Vasant Nayak: Profile
Having studied communications media in Mumbai, India, after earning his B.A. in sociology / anthropology at St. Xavier’s College, Vasant Nayak gained extensive experience with photography and media in India prior to coming to the United States to earn his Master of Visual Arts Degree from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana.
Before the years when his talents were given full time to an online venture, Vasant Nayak had a distinguished and promising career as a professor, digital artist, and photographer. He created and directed a master’s degree program in digital arts at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland; one of the first of its kind in the U.S. Vasant has participated internationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions of his work throughout his art career. A committed teacher and professor, respected by both his students and his colleagues, Vasant attended conferences nationally and globally, to address educators on topics including culture and its relationship to photography.
Once success in business enabled the establishment of the MurthyNAYAK Foundation, Vasant returned to communications media to make short films, websites, publications, and other promotional pieces for NGOs in India and nonprofit organizations in the United States working for social change. India remains the source of his inspiration, and each trip there is a time to collect articles and images that will be used in artmaking when he returns to the U.S. It is also a time to refuel his creative being and to restore his soul. Vasant says, although his body resides in the United States, his soul dwells in India, and his mind traverses between the two.