Basia holds B.F.A. degrees in both art history and painting, as well as an interdisciplinary minor in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in chemistry from Northwestern University. Prior to entering the graduate program, Basia worked at Northwestern University, the Judd Foundation, and the University of Illinois conservation labs. This past summer she was a graduate paper and photographs intern at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.