Degree MA in Studio Art
University of California, Berkeley, 1980
Second Degree MFA in Studio Art
University of California, Berkeley, 1981
Third Degree MA in School of Education
University of California, Berkeley, 1989
Professional Affiliation Professor of Art, Scripps College
Second Professional Affiliation Southern Graphics Council International
Third Professional Affiliation WEAD (Women Eco Artists Dialog)
Research/Current Projects Nirvana for the Future: The Divine Reading Lesson (1), is a suite of 30 one-of-a-kind multi-color and multi-plate photo lithographs. Completed in 2011 this work continues my exploration and recognition of the Divine Feminine in the everyday. Drawing from images I have utilized in the past (the plumb bob, the hive as grid, the ancient Cucuteni culture, hand-stamped drawings, a much loved floral wallpaper, and page reinforcements), I have combined these images with hand-stamped words into new and complexly layered prints that take the viewer from somber moments of stillness and quietude to exhilarating instants of joy and life. Each print is 12 X 12” printed on 24 X 22 ½” Rives White BFK and was created in collaboration with master printer Mark Mahaffey of Mahaffey Fine Art in Portland, OR. Since the early nineties, I have drawn upon images from the honey bee society to explore the relationships between art, science, technology and ancient matriarchal cultures. Today, I combine elements of painting, printmaking, digital media, photography, video, and installation to create a visual language. This combination of media allows me to examine and respond to issues related to eco-feminism, nature, and ancient matriarchal cultures, as well as to explore her interest in mathematics, and prime numbers in particular, in order to make explicit the implicit connections between nature and technology. My survey show, Hive Universe: Nancy Macko, 1994-2006, was exhibited at the Municipal Art Gallery in Los Angeles in 2006-7 and was accompanied by a full color catalog. This was the most substantive and comprehensive examination of my work to date and included over 60 pieces spanning various media—traditional and digital prints, video, and mixed media works on wood panels. As part of the national Feminist Art Project, Hive Universe was the forerunning exhibition in Los Angeles to recognize the achievements of the feminist art movement. My most recent project, The Fragile Bee (2), was exhibited at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, CA in 2015. My work is in numerous public collections including: the Arithmeum, University of Bonn, Germany; Denison Library and the Samella Lewis Collection of Contemporary Art at Scripps College; the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Art, Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA; Bell Gallery at Brown University; the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art; the New York Public Library; the North Dakota Museum of Art; Pomona College Museum of Art; Gilkey Center for Graphic Art, Portland Art Museum; and the RISD Museum of Art. I have had over 20 national and international solo exhibitions that include the Municipal Art Gallery in Los Angeles, Rutgers University, NJ, the Centre International d’Art Contemporain, Pont Aven, France, and the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada and have been an artist-in-resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada and the Mus’ee dePont Ave, Brittany, France. I am Professor of Art at Scripps and Director of the Scripps Digital Art Program. (1) (2)
Time Period Interests Contemporary
Area Interests
Media Interests Digital printmaking, Monoprinting