Nita balances an interdisciplinary life as an artist, teacher, entrepreneur and mother.
She is Professor and Chair in the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art. As a teacher, she is committed to guiding students towards realizing their intellectual and creative potential through interdisciplinary study. While at MassArt, she has designed and taught several signature courses; Art, Life and Money, Event Planning and Production, and Art and Science Immersive Media.
Please visit Nita's teaching resources @ http://blogs.massart.edu/nsturiale/
Please read “Revisiting the Sandbox” (6.9 MB .pdf) a monograph she wrote about the history and pedagogy of the Studio for Interrelated Media at MassArt.
“For me, teaching is a creative practice, and artform, and a life calling. Teaching is actually learning in disguise.”
Previously, she developed and taught two signature courses at Harvard University for several years - Creative New Media and the Web and Applied Innovation in Wireless Computing. She has also taught at Endicott College,Greenfield Community College, as well as the Pennsylvania’s Governor’s School of Excellence in Science at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as in various K-12 environments in MetroBoston. She was a founding member of the first Boston Cyberarts Festival‘s Youth committee which pioneered the Festival’s Faces of Tomorrow online portrait gallery for youth in 1999.
Nita’s artwork explores natural phenomena, cognition, and emerging technologies. She has presented her work at Boston Museum of Science, MIT’s Media Lab, Cambridge River Arts Festival, Tufts University, Mills College, Harvard University, in Wales, Beijing, and Milan, as well as online. She is included in Stephen Wilson’s book, Information Arts (MIT Press, 2001). Nita has been a member of the Nature and Inquiry artist group since 1991. With this group, she directed the award-winning Invisible Ideas – a GPS-enabled audience participation event premiering at the Copley Society of art in conjunction with Boston Cyberarts Festival 2003. The audio walk, Stations of a Commute, was featured in the Conflux Arts Festival in NYC. Pietre Preziose, is a gifting performance and book based in Sicily in 2008. In 2014, Nita launched the REGALI Artists Residency in Sicily.
Nita’s entrepreneurial activities include co-founding SmartWorlds, a software company developing applications for mobile devices. In addition to working in high tech, Nita and her husband, Giuseppe Taibi, import the Taibi family’s Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Olio Taibi, into the United States - get yours now by ordering securely online at oliotaibi.com!!
As a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, 1994-97, Nita received a Ed.M, Harvard Graduate School of Education and a M.F.A., Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, combining art, science and education. Her BFA is from the Massachusetts College of Art.