Profile Type: Artist
Catherine D'Ignazio

Catherine D'Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization Storytelling at Emerson College. She is a researcher, artist and software developer who investigates how data visualization, technology and new forms of storytelling can be used for civic engagement.

D'Ignazio teaches develops software tools and activites for creative data literacy and data-driven storytelling by journalists and community groups. She works with a variety of collaborators on public art projects ranging from civic art to performative walks to interactive sculptures. Her recent projects include the Babbling Brook, an interactive sculpture that senses water quality and makes bad jokes about it, and Boston Coastlines: Future Past, a walking performance that traces the past and future coastlines of Boston based on the rising seas of Climate Change.

Her art and design projects have won awards from the Tanne Foundation,, the LEF Foundation, and Dream It, Code It, Win It. In 2009, she was a finalist for the Foster Prize at the ICA Boston. Her work has been exhibited at the Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, Museo d’Antiochia of Medellin, and the Venice Biennial.

Professor D'Ignazio is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab. She is currently a fellow at the Emerson Engagement Lab and a research affiliate at the MIT Center for Civic Media.

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I Have Worked With

  • October 2015

    I teach a variety of classes at Emerson that connect students to community organizations and work with the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement. These include Civic Art & Design Studio, Data Visualization and Civic Media in Action. 

  • September 2008

    I was a finalist for the Foster Prize in 2008 and had a solo show at the Institute for Contemporary Art in 2008-9 where I exhibited my work "It takes 154,000 breaths to evacuate Boston".

  • December 2006

    I have participated in Boston Cyberarts events for many years (starting in 2001!), as a presenting artist and with presenting organizations such as Art Interactive. 

  • Artist

Contact Information

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Job Title/Position: 
Assistant Professor
Physical Address: 
Boston, MA 02118
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Primary Discipline: 
Media - Digital
Additional Disciplines: 
Design - Urban / Metropolitan
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Populations Served: 
General Public
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Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
The Institute for Infinitely Small Things
The Public Laboratory for Technology & Science
MIT Media Lab
MIT Center for Civic Media
MS in Media Arts & Sciences/Civic Media, MIT Media Lab
MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art & Theory, Maine College of Art
BA in International Relations, Tufts University, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Dream It. Code It. Win It. Prize for Women in Technology 2014.
Finalist, Foster Prize. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
Turbulence Networked Art Competition, 2012.
Tanne Foundation Artist Award, 2010.
2nd Prize. Best Work in a Public Place. AICA New England, 2008.