Moving Bees and Me
Dance of the Melissae, Honeycomb Wall
Computer-generated cibachrome, wood panel, 11.5" diameter
© Nancy Macko, 1994

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Nancy Macko

Nancy Macko received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1981 in painting and printmaking. She has been a member of the art department at Scripps College in Claremont, California since 1986. Currently Professor of Art and Director of the Scripps Computer Art Program, she has received the Mary Wig Johnson Faculty Achievement Award in both teaching and research from Scripps College.

Her last major piece, an ambitious multi-media installation titled Dance of the Melissae, focused on the honeybee society to explore the relationships between art, science, technology and ancient matriarchal cultures. Current work includes:

On Becoming a Bee Priestess, a web animation that can be viewed at;

Glimpsing Romania, an image/text/video documentary created in collaboration with her partner, Jan Blair, exhibited at Rutgers University in 1998, now at;

and several video installations that carry the bee theme forward into more cyber/feminist realms by exploring the excavation, archaeology and mining of the Bee Priestess Culture.

An active member of the College Art Association, Macko has chaired the Committee on Electronic Information and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 1994 and as Secretary to the Board 1996-98.


1988 Exhibitions: Taking Liberties/Beyond Baroque. Southern California Women's Caucus for Art, Los Angeles, CA.

American Artists. Chicago: American References, Inc., 1991. Reproduction: "Cycle of Change," 1989.

"An American Woman Printer Having an Exhibition at Ashiya. Yomiuri Paper [Kyoto, Japan] 9 November 1989.

Der Prix Ars Electronica: International Compendium of the Computer Arts, Edition 91. Linz: VERITAS-VERLAG, Austria, 1991.

Der Prix Ars Electronica: International Compendium of the Computer Arts, Edition 92. Linz: VERITAS-VERLAG, Austria, 1992.

Der Prix Ars Electronica: International Compendium of the Computer Arts, Edition 93. Linz: VERITAS-VERLAG, Austria, 1993.

Der Prix Ars Electronica: International Compendium of the Computer Arts, Edition 94. Linz: VERITAS-VERLAG, Austria, 1994.

Encyclopedia of Living Artists in America, Fifth Edition. Renaissance, CA: Directors Guild Publishers, 1990. Reproduction: "Femme Seas," 1989, 62.

Geer, Suvan. "Downtown: Nancy Macko." Los Angeles Times 2 June 1989: VI17.

Jeffrey, Noel. "Digital Artists See Old Barriers Crumble." Micro Publishing News February 1996: 56-59.

Kapitanoff, Nancy. "On the Feminine Side." Los Angeles Times 4 February 1994.

Knight, Christopher. "LACMA'S 'P.L.A.N.' Isn't Your Standard Photo Show." Los Angeles Times 8 July 1995.

MacNaughton, Mary Davis. "About Beeing: Nancy Macko's Dance of the Melissae." Brochure essay. Brand Library and Art Galleries, Glendale, CA, 1994.

MacNaughton, Mary Davis. New California Printmaking: Selections from Northern and Southern California. Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1987. Reproduction, "Gyotaku Series, IV," 17.

Macko, Nancy. "A View of the Intersection of Art and Technology." In "A Range of Critical Perspectives: Digital Culture and the Practices of Art and Art History." Art Bulletin LXXIX.2 (1997).

Macko, Nancy." Psychic Transformation: One Woman's Journey." Psychological Perspectives 23: GENDER (1990). 86-93.

"Nancy Macko: Show of Prints." Sankei Paper [Tokyo, Japan] 16 November 1989.

Smith, Mason. "Nancy Macko: Making Art, Training Artists." Scripps College Bulletin 24.2 (1989): 13-15.

Sobiezak, Robert, and Tim Wride. P.L.A.N. Catalog. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1995. Available at

Showcase '88. Fourth Annual Invitational of Work by Contemporary California Women Artists. Pomona, CA: ASI University Union Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, 1988. 20.

Willette, Jeanne. "How Sweet It Is." Artweek 17 February 1994.

Women of the World Online. Http:// or Http://

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