Nathaniel Stern has been producing, writing about, and teaching digital art for more than 25 years. Stern has had international exhibitions, press, publications, and presentations, including at Art Basel, the Venice Biennale, hundreds of festivals and conferences, and dozens of solo museum shows, and has been featured in WIRED, Scientific American, JUXTAPOZ, and Rhizome.
He is a full Professor of Art and Design, Mechanical Engineering, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a bachelor’s degree in fashion and textile design from Cornell University, masters in computer art from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, and an electrical engineering PhD from Trinity College Dublin. A Fulbrighter with funding from both the NSF and NEA for projects ranging from digital art to a climate action startup, neurodiverse community building to books on ecological and interactive aesthetics, Stern views art as an action, and a call to action. “Art frames and amplifies who and how we are, then asks how we could be [and] offers pathways to make it happen.”
He lives with his wife, five kids, and half a dozen pets in a house built in 1907, walks to work every day, and has made a habit of buying really funky prescription glasses – with more than two dozen pairs in his arsenal at any moment.