The members of the Nature and Inquiry group met almost every week for 30 years in the Boston area.
Donald is an artist in Wellesley, Massachusetts, born in New York City in 1937. He earned a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and a MFA from Rutgers University. He has received grants from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller National Endowment, National Endowment for the Arts, and Massachusetts Council on the Arts. His work has been exhibited in Information at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Concept Art at Stadtiches Museum, Leverkusen, Germany, and Third Conference on Planetology and Space Mission Planning, New York Academy of Sciences, New York. His work includes a book entitled, Art Ideas for the Year 4000, published by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA.
John Holland is a composer, author, performer, and recording artist. He is Professor Emeritus in the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. John Holland’s work emphasizes the integration of science and art, incorporating structures and ideas that reference a variety of natural phenomena. He has taught a class for three decades that introduce artists to leading-edge ideas in science. He has produced a number of recordings, and has published musical scores for most solo instruments (with and without electronic enhancement), chamber music, orchestra, concertos, opera. Each fall Holland produces a music program in Boston, New Music at the Pozen Center, that mixes contemporary, electronic. and conventional music with unusual performative features. Published books include The Nature of Music for the Performing Musician, Time, Sound Waves and Their Properties in the Surrounding Media, and Studies on the Human Ear. He has composed a variety of performance texts designed to be read aloud, including Complete Short Texts for Speaking Voice, Strategies for Survival (with Complementary Music), and Facts of Life (with Complementary Music), each of which contains texts on subjects related to nature, science and art. Holland has produced the first comprehensive full color poster-size Acoustic Wave Spectrum. John Schaefer, host of New Sounds on WNYC Radio in New York has cited Holland’s Natural Phenomena as “one of the notable CD’s of 2005.” Richard Perry, music critic, writes “Mr. Holland’s computer-generated music has a compelling, insistent fascination…” Tia Kimberk says “John Holland’s music is often based on extra-musical ideas related to science and nature. Listening to the music informs us about ourselves and our larger context in the world.”
Margot Anne Kelley
Margot wonders about the world. That wonder has led her to explore literature, photography, and science, primarily. With a Ph.D. in American Literature and an MFA in Photography, she has concentrated on understanding and making artworks which reveal a deep engagement with the world at large. At the same time, as a faculty member, she urges students to discover a similar pleasure in following their curiosity. Kelley now lives in mod-coast Maine. Selections from her recent projects, and her blog “Gleanings” can be found at www.margotannekelley.com
Amy has been a member of Nature and Inquiry since 1994. Her artworks explore the cognitive sciences, physics, biology and chemistry, and take the form of installation, multimedia and written text. Recently her work has been presented at the Massachusetts College of Art and at Phillips Hall, Harvard University’s Center for Astrophysics. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1995. She currently works as a freelance writer in the greater Boston area.
Nita’s art explores human cognition, social networking, pyschogeography, and physical phenomena in relation to human activity. Most recent projects have investigated the psychology, biology, and spirituality of motherhood. She often flirts with new and experimental technologies. She is Professor and Department Chair in the Studio for Interrelated Media at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She has exhibited her work online and internationally, including the Boston Cyberarts Festival, Cambridge River Arts Festival, Consciousness Reframed International Conference in the UK, in China, Italy, San Francisco and New York. As a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, she simultaneously earned a Med from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a MFA from Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is included in Stephen Wilson’s book, Information Arts (MIT Press, 2001). Additionally, Nita and her husband Giuseppe Taibi, import the family’s Sicilian olive oil, Olio Taibi.
Ron has created dozens of individual live performance works over the past twenty years. His work incorporates spoken texts, projected images, and audio recordings. His subjects have ranged from the ecology of bogs, to the development of human cognition and memory, to the relationship between railroads and neurons.In 1984, he presented On The Emerald Necklace which explored the natural and constructed environment of the parks by way of intimate conversation between artist and audience member. Another work, The Long View (1993), combined ideas about human perception, long-term memory, and landscape through a series of speeches, thought-experiments, audio tapes, and projections. In Walking (1993), the artist examined the physiology, psychology, and creativity involved in the act of walking, while conducting the audience through the varied landscapes of a nature preserve. His most recent work-in-progress is Map Diary, texts and drawings on the subject of the evolution of memory. Ron Wallace has taught at Massachusetts College of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and is a software engineer at Avid Technology, Inc. Ron Wallace succumbed to his battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.