Nita is an artist and Educator. Her work explores intersections – among art and science, technology and humanity, teaching and learning. She presents her ideas through live performance, in exhibition spaces, and online. An art and technology pioneer, Nita directed the award-winning “Invisible Ideas” project – the first Flash-enabled, GPS-triggered interactive art walk and is included in Stephen Wilson's book, Information Arts (MIT Press, 2001). She has taught courses combining art, technology and science at several institutions, including Carnegie Mellon and Harvard University. Nita is a Professor and Department Chair in the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. She is married to Giuseppe Taibi, software entrepreneur and olive oil importer, and they have two daughters.
1997 Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.M.
1997 Tufts University with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, M.F.A.
Jacob K. Javits Fellow
1990 Massachusetts College of Art, B.F.A.
Studio for Interrelated Media
Selected Presentations, Performances, and Exhibitions
- Farm Cultural Park, Favara, Italy, Regali Artist Residency in Sicily, 2 week collaboration with 5 European artists and 5 American artists in residence in Favara. 2014
- CyberArts Gallery, Boston, MA, We See Each Other All The Time: Multi-media exhibit with Dana Moser. 2014
- Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, The Fine Art of Interdisciplinary Education: Empowering the Humanities Speaker Series, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. 2013
- Boston Museum of Science, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Boston, MA, Sentient: Full dome video and 10.1 sound installation produced by students in the Art and Science Immersive Media course at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 2013
- International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts Los Angeles, Boston, MA. Expanding The Frontiers Of Knowledge: Sweet Anguish: A short lyrical documentary film about sex, birth, and death. Director Bara Jichova. 2013
- Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, Selections 11, Pietre Preziose, Photo Installation and self-published book by the same name. 2011
- Axiom, Boston MA, Riders on the Train Exhibit, Stations of a Commute, Audio work.2009
- Axiom, Boston MA, Mothers Expressing| sharing the work, Photo series, public discussion.2009
- Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Italy, Pietre Preziose, Performance and documentation - www.nitasturiale.com/pietrepreziose. 2008
- Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA. Interval, Audio work, blog and performance, 2008
- Conflux Festival, New York, NY, Stations of a Commute, Audio work and podcast - www.stationsofacommute.com, 2006
- Axiom, Boston MA, Art and Science: a symbiosis, group show curated by the Nature and Inquiry artists group. 2006
- Online, Boston MA, I Miei Attaccamenti, 14 day image/text email journal republished as a website. 2005
- Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Weight of God, email conversation/electronic installation. 2005
- Mobius, Boston MA, Mobius 25, Audience Participation Performance. 49 Equations for Mobius, 2003
- Boston Common and Public Gardens, Boston MA, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Invisible Ideas, GPS-enabled Audience Participation Event. 2003
- Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, Massaging Media Conference, Performance. As Sandy Stone. 2002
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Lab, Cambridge MA, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Five Ideas, Postal, Web and Performance Event. 2001 [>> http://5ideas.artscience.org]
- Beijing National Gallery, Beijing, China, Group Exhibit. Interactive Interface. Magnetic Moment. 2001
- Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, VES173 and CSCIE17, Visiting Speaker. 1999
- Museum of Science, Boston, MA, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Performance. 1999
- Charles River, Cambridge, MA, Cambridge River Arts Festival, Performance. Thoughtflow. In collaboration with Arnaldo Hernandez. 1998
- Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, Nature and Inquiry Artists Group Series, Performance. Forming a Thought. 1998
- University of Wales, Newport UK, Consciousness Reframed Conference, Paper and Presentation. Traces of Thought: EEG patterns in Sand. In collaboration with Anita DeWaard. 1997 [>> conference paper]
- Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA, MFA Thesis Exhibit and Performance. Thoughtforms. 1997
- San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, Digital Media Department, Visiting Speaker. 1997
- Harvard - Smithsonian Observatory, Phillips Auditorium, Cambridge, MA, Parallels in Creativity Symposium, Performance. Present Memories. 1995
- Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA, In Light of Our Reflection, Group Exhibit. Drawing a Line of Thought. 1995
- Mobius ArtRages, Boston MA, Performance and Limited Edition Card Set. Cerebration. 1994 - 96.
- Habitat Institute for the Environment, Belmont, MA, Nature and Inquiry Artists Series, Performance, Movements of a Wave. 1993
- Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, Professor - Curriculum Committee, Search Committee Chair, SIM Dept Chair, All University Committee Chair. Faculty advisor to Eventworks and Godine Family Gallery student directors. 1999-pres.
- Harvard University , Cambridge, MA, Division of Continuing Education and Summer Session, Faculty, 1999-2004
- Endicott College, Beverly, MA, Adjunct Lecturer, 1999
- Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA, Adjunct Professor, 1998
- Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences, Summer Faculty, 1998
- Brookline Public Schools, Brookline, MA, Heath School, Technology Specialist, 1998
- Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge MA, Teaching Fellow, for Professor Eleanor Duckworth, 1997
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, Design Lab, Teaching Assistant, 1991-92
- Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge, MA, Graham and Parks Alternative Grade School, Teaching Assistant, 1990-93
- http://regaliblog.wordpress.com, 2014
- http://www.massartsci.org, 2013
- http://www.visiblelabor.com (archived), 2009
- http://www.nitasturiale.com/pietrepreziose/, 2008
- http://www.artscience.org, 2006
- http://www.nitasturiale.com/attaccamenti (archived), 2005
- http://www.invisibleideas.org, 2003
- http://5ideas.artscience.org, 2001
- http://www.Idearium.it (bought by Italian startup), 2000
- http://www.oliotaibi.com, 1999
- http://www.cyberfaces.org (archived), 1999
- http://www.nitasturiale.com/thoughtflow, 1998
- http://www.artscience.org, 1998
- http://www.nitasturiale.com, 1996
- http://www.nitasturiale.com/present/presentmemories.html, 1996
- SmartWorlds, Cambridge, MA, Co-Founder, 2000-2002
- Olio Taibi, Cambridge, MA, Co-Founder, 1999-pres.
- Private clients, Boston Area, Consultant, Webmaster, Production Artist, 1990-2000
Awards and Honors
- Artscience 100K Prize Juror, Since 2009
- Marilyn Pappas Faculty Fellowship, 2006
- Copley Society of Art, First Juror’s Choice, 2003
- LEF Foundation Grant, 2001
- Cambridge Arts Council Grant, 1998
- Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, 1994-97
- Ron Placzek Theater Arts Award , 1990
- Massachusetts College of Art Honors, 1990
- Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts Award, 1982
- AgrigentoNotizie. Al Farm Cultural Park “Regali Artist Residency in Sicily”, 2014
- Always Wondering: a Melange of Eleanor Duckworth and Critical Exploration. Critical Exploration Press, 2013.
- Pietre Preziose. Full color 12” x12” photo book published by Nita Sturiale. 2012
- Revisiting the Sandbox: The Studio for Interrelated Media at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Monograph published by Nita Sturiale, 2011
- Boston Globe. Cate McQuaid, “It’s the place where creativity and technology meet”. April 26, 2007.
- Macromedia Showcase and DevNet articles, Bill Perry, et al, about Invisible Ideas project. 2003
- Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science and Technology. Steven Wilson, MIT Press. 2002
- Mass High Tech. “On the Move: SmartWorlds Founder is ‘Molto Astuto’ about wireless LANs” Dyke Hendrickson. April 26, 2002.
- The Lancet. “Nurturing wonder: the art of Nita Sturiale” Vol 357, March 24, 2001.
- Proceedings of Consciousness Reframed Conference. University of Wales College, Newport, UK. 1997
- The Effects of Art Education on the Development of Cognitive Skills. Thesis paper, Harvard Graduate School of Education. 1997
- Various; see http://www.invisibleideas.org/press.htm for more.
- Time: Biology and Technology, http://nitasturiale.com/papers/timepaper.html, N. Sturiale, 1997.
- Thoughtforms; http://nitasturiale.com/papers/thought.html, N. Sturiale, 1996.
- Traces of Thought: EEG patterns in sand; http://nitasturiale.com/papers/traces.html, Proceedings of Consciousness Reframed: art and consciousness in the post-biological era, the first International CAiiA Research Conference, convened at the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts, University of Wales College , Newport,
N. Sturiale and A. DeWaard, 5 & 6 July 1997.
- Review; CatGut Acoustical Society Journal, Performance Review of Carleen Hutchins' String Concert and Discussion, Parallels in Creativity Symposium, Harvard University, N. Sturiale, October, 1995.
- Teaching skills at several levels since 1990; Special ability to create a classroom environment that takes advantage of current technologies and produces discussion, interdisciplinary exploration, and individual artistic vision along-side skill acquisition.
- Knowledge and Experience with interrelated media including video, audio, performance, installation, digital media and desktop publishing.
- Curriculum Development related to integrating art, science, technology and education,
- Web-based technologies and applications; a pioneer in internet art, social media and web publishing. Other knowledge includes: Mobile Multimedia, Discussion Boards, Shared Calendars, Online Polls and Surveys, Intranet, Content Management, Weblogs, Online Collaboration, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo.
- Excellent writing and Interpersonal Skills.
- Professional protocol, networking and organizational skills in several different fields.
- Other Skills; Knowledge of non-traditional, artistic uses of digital technology (web-based, biofeedback applications, medical imaging). Grant-writing. Event organization. Entrepreneurial business skills. Trademark and Patent acquisition.
- Creative Industries Summit, 2014
- 18th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), 2012
- TEDx Boston and Cambridge, Since 2010
- Rhizome online community. Since 2003
- World Economic Forum, 2001
- ASCI: Art and Science Collaborative, Inc., since 2000
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, since 1997
- Institute of Contemporary Art, since 1997
- Harvard Faculty Club, since 1997
- Harvard Alumni/ae Association, since 1997
- MTA/MCCC Unions, since 1997
- College Art Association, 1996 - 2001
- Nature and Inquiry Artists Group, since 1991
_ as of 2015