SIM Faculty

 Juan Obando, Associate Professor

Courses: SIM Major Studio, Interrelated Media Practice, Publications: Print and Digital, We are Pirates!, Event Planning and Production 2

Juan Obando’s work focuses on the critical intervention of social systems through the orchestration of mediated experiences and the development of locative performances, collaborative networks, and experimental publications —often highlighting issues of cultural inclusion and exclusion, democratic participation and identity politics.

Obando shows solo since 2009. Among his most recent exhibitions are The Champions (solo), El Parqueadero, Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia, 2015; Default Browser (solo), (bis) | oficina de proyectos, Cali, Colombia, 2015; A Bird Without A Song (Keep Playing) (solo), Espacio ArtVersus, Bogotá, Colombia, 2014; Frame & Frequency, Plecto Galería, Medellín, Colombia, 2014; Colombia Hoy, I Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia, 2014; La Desilusión de la Certeza o la Ilusión de la Incertidumbre, Pabellón ArteCámara, ArtBo, Bogotá, Colombia, 2013; White Only (solo), MIAMI, Bogotá, Colombia, 2013; Goddess Clap Back / Hip Hop Feminism in Art, CUE Art Foundation, New York, USA, 2013.

In 2013 he was awarded the Rhizome Commission from Rhizome and The New Museum in New York to develop the project “MUSEUM MIXTAPE (Dirty South Edition)”.

Juan holds a BFA in Industrial Design with a minor in Architecture and Urbanism from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and an MFA in Electronic and Time-based Art from Purdue University.

Elaine Buckholtz, Professor

Courses: SIM Major Studio ,Mining Meaning, Interrelated Media Practice, Experimental Ensembles, Sound Performance, Sculptural Lighting

Elaine Buckholtz is a intermedia and light installation artist . Her most recent work utilizes video and light in relation to sculptural forms, digital prints, and preexisting sites in architecture and nature under the cover of darkness. She has shown work in San Francisco at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, The Luggage Store in San Francisco,The San Francisco Arts Commission, Triple Base Gallery, and Electric Works, and internationally at The Swiss Technorama Museum, Winterthur Switzerland,  The Claremont Museum in  Southern California, Pierogi Leipzig, Leipzig Germany, and The Mill in Lovestad Sweden. Elaine attended The California College Of The Arts on a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from 2002-2004 and  received her MFA from Stanford University in 2006. She has worked as a Lighting and Visual Designer in the bay area for 20 years and has also worked with Merce Cunningham and Meredith Monk recreating their visual environments internationally. She continues to tour with Meredith Monk as a Lighting Designer.

Dana Moser, Professor

Courses: SIM Major Studio, Electronic Projects, Internet Culture and Techniques

Degrees BFA, Central State University, Edmond, OK; MFA,
Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Exhibitions Exhibitions include film, video, performance, and computer based media; creator of live events using digital imagery and telecommunications at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; National Museum of Science and Technology, Ottawa; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; MIX Film/Video Festival, NYC; Curator, “The Ballad of Wires and Hands”  exhibition of interactive sculpture.

Publications “The Electronic Canvas”, featured artist in television documentary on video art history – WGBH-TV 2000.Art New England, Aug/Sept. 2003 -review The Ballad of Wires and handsBoston Globe 12/22/2001 – review “Geek artists, interacting electronically” 1996 Internet Underground Vol. 1 issue 4 Safety in Numbers, authorTechnology Review, March 1988, MIT Press, author.

Other Member, Berwick Research Institute; Board member – Internet art organization; Steering Committee Member, Boston Cyberarts festival; Visiting artist, guest lecturer: Chicago Art Institute, San Francisco Art Institute, Harvard University, Brown University; M.I.T. “Transmit” conference.


Nita Sturiale, Professor and Dept. Chair

Courses: SIM Major Studio,  Event Planning and Production, Nature, Art and Science

Nita has been at MassArt on and off since she was an undergrad in 1986. She developed and taught two signature courses at Harvard University for several years – Creative New Media and the Web and Applied Innovation in Wireless Computing. She has also taught at Endicott College,Greenfield Community College, as well as the Pennsylvania’s Governor’s School of Excellence in Science at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as in various K-12 environments in MetroBoston. She was a founding member of the first Boston Cyberarts Festival‘s Youth committee which pioneered the Festival’s Faces of Tomorrow online portrait gallery for youth in 1999.

Nita’s artwork explores natural phenomena, cognition, and emerging technologies. She has presented her work at Boston Museum of Science, MIT’s Media Lab, Cambridge River Arts Festival, Tufts University, Mills College, Harvard University, in Wales, Beijing, and Milan, as well as online. She is included in Stephen Wilson’s book, Information Arts (MIT Press, 2001). Nita has been a member of the Nature and Inquiry artist group since 1991. With this group, she directed the award-winning Invisible Ideas – a GPS-enabled audience participation event premiering at the Copley Society of art in conjunction with Boston Cyberarts Festival 2003. The audio walk, Stations of a Commute, was featured in the Conflux Arts Festival in NYC.  Pietre Preziose, is a gifting performance and book based in Sicily in 2008.  In 2014, Nita launched the REGALI Artists Residency in Sicily.

As a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, 1994-97, Nita received a Ed.M, Harvard Graduate School of Education and a M.F.A., Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, combining art, science and education. Her BFA is from the Massachusetts College of Art.

MAX AZANOW Studio Associate Director & Adjunct Professor

Courses: Stagecraft and Technical Production, Lighting for Events and Installation

After decades touring America as a Lighting designer, Laser Operator , Pyro technician , and Power  Distribution provider.  Max returned to MassArt as an adjunct instructor and then joined the  Full time Staff 1n 2011  as a Studio Manager, now an Associate Director. Max is still a working Lighting Designer with a focus on Corporate events and Gala’s, but loves gardening , cooking, cats, and writing music.

JIMENA BERMEJO Adjunct Faculty

Courses: On the Spot, Choreography and Performance

Jimena Bermejo holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Studio for Interrelated Media and a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. Most recently, she has shown her work at The Cathedral Arts Festival in Belfast, U. K, The Judson Church in NYC, Distillery Gallery in South Boston, Le Lieu in Quebec, 808 Gallery in Boston, Mobius Gallery, Green Street Studios and The Dance Complex in Cambridge. She has also shown at the Art Beat and SomDance Festivals in Somerville. Jimena is currently a member of Mobius Artists Group and Caitlin Corbett Dance and has performed with many other local choreographers.

DARREN COLE Visiting Faculty

Courses: SIM Major Studio


Courses: Beat Research, Experimental Video

ERIC FREEMAN Studio Manager and Adjunct Faculty

Courses: Sound Studio, Advanced Sound Studio, Immersive Media,

ROB GAINFORT Adjunct Faculty

Courses: Methods and Design in Exhibition

Rob Gainfort is the Chief Preparator/Assistant Director for the
Curatorial Programs Department at MassArt. Since 1994, he has been
an art handler and general contractor specializing in museum and
gallery exhibition design and installation. Rob has worked as a
professional preparator at the Guggenheim Museum, Pace Wildenstein
Gallery, the Dia Center for the Arts and NYU’s Grey Gallery. He has
worked directly with artists, collectors, curators and installation crews
to design and execute dozens of exhibits in the northeast, including
those of Bruce Nauman, Matthew Barney and Jim Dine. In addition to
his exhibition work, Rob has designed and renovated numerous
commercial and residential spaces in New York City and is currently a
licensed Massachusetts State Construction Supervisor and LEED Green


Courses: Art, Life and Money, Performance Art Studio

Using a site-sensitive approach, Sandrine Schaefer’s work offers opportunities to gather and proposes ways we may share time that are not accessible elsewhere in life. Sandrine’s work often presents as durational performance art installations that intend to break traditional viewing behaviors by de-privileging sight as the primary sense to engage the work; rewarding the curious; and using extended duration and repetition to cultivate spaces for return.  Over the past decade, Sandrine’s work has been exhibited internationally in performance art festivals, galleries, museums, and public spaces. Sandrine has been awarded fellowships through the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Tanne Foundation, the ICA James and Audrey Foster Prize, the Boston Foundation’s Brother Thomas Fund and Live Arts Boston grant, and a 2016 Edes Award Semi-Finalist prize. In addition to their studio art practice, Sandrine is an independent curator and co-founder of The Present Tense, an art initiative that has been producing and archiving live art events, festivals, and exchanges in transient spaces. Since 2005, The Present Tense has produced and collaborated on more than 26 live art festivals, exhibitions, and co-founded the award winning gallery, MEME in Cambridge, MA. Sandrine is also a member of the seminal artist group, Mobius (est. 1977). Independently and through The Present Tense and Mobius, Sandrine has exhibited hundreds of contemporary artists at various stages in their careers who utilize live action in their work. In addition, Sandrine’s writing on contemporary art has been published internationally in numerous online and print publications. Sandrine teaches at several universities throughout Massachusetts.