Scripps Professor Nancy Macko Exhibits at Commissary Arts

Scripps art professor Nancy Macko’s prints and mixed media works will be on display at Commissary Arts in Venice, California, from May 3 to June 14. A reception for Macko will be held May 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Macko, former chair of the department of art and art history at Scripps College and currently chair of gender and women’s studies, has been director of the Scripps Digital Art Program since 1990. Originally from New York, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls; MA and MFA in studio art from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MA in education from UC Berkeley. A practicing artist since 1981, she has had 20 solo exhibitions, participated in over 140 group shows, and received over 30 research and achievement awards for her work. Her works are in many public and private collections.

For the last decade, Macko has drawn upon images from the honey bee society to explore the relationships between art, science, technology, and ancient matriarchal cultures. Her work combines the analog elements of painting and printmaking with the digital elements of photography and video to create hybrid pieces that are often displayed as mixed media/digital installations. For this exhibition, Macko presents two suites of recent etchings and lithographs, entitled In the Garden of the Bee Priestess and The First Ten Prime Numbers, and unique mixed media works on paper from the series Conversations. This is Macko’s first solo exhibition following her 2007 mid-career survey show, The Hive Universe: Nancy Macko, 1994-2006.

Commissary Arts is located at 68 N. Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays noon to 6 p.m., and by appointment.