Nadia Botello — artist, composer, engineer
Nadia Botello (b. 1986) is an artist, composer, and engineer based in San Antonio, TX. Her work has been exhibited and performed at MATA Festival, Nameless Sound, Clocktower, Fairmount Water Works, Flux Factory, Icebox Project Space, the Rail Park, the Arthur Ross Gallery, and James Turrell’s Skyspace Gathered Leading, among other venues. She’s lectured and developed workshops at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Johns Hopkins University (MA), the University of Pennsylvania (MFA/PhD), and Columbia University (MFA). She has self-released two full-length albums — Saint Shë: Ska jag berätta en hemlighet? and Emerald Rd. Forthcoming is a comprehensive overview of more than a decade of unreleased materials, archived scores and sound design (film, dance, opera, new media), rare live performance recordings, and a monograph featuring essays and ephemera.
As a public-interest technologist, Botello most recently initiated a successful shift in education policy — from STEM to STEAM — across stakeholders for the City of San Antonio through her advocacy and work as Co-Lead/Tri-Chair of the Alamo STEM Ecosystem. She has further served on the Advisory Board for the City of San Antonio's Arts, Culture, and Heritage Committee; the Advisory Board for Mayor Ron Nirenberg's Smart City Challenge; on the DoSeum's Innovation Station Feedback Panel; and has consulted for businesses and institutions on the intersection(s) of art, science, and technology. In addition to her studio practice, she works full-time in Development & Engineering in the Advanced Technology & Architecture division of a large consulting firm that specializes in innovation in service of the public-sector.