Margaret G. MacDonald is a chemist, curator, and educator whose practice focuses on the intersection of art, science, and culture. She is driven by questions of what art/science research can be and how the exhibition space functions as a site for new modes of experimentation and research. In addition to curating the Unravel the Code final exhibition since 2016, she conducts research on NMR spectroscopy for the U.S. Army Futures Command and teaches part-time at MICA. She holds a MFA in Curatorial Practice from MICA, a PhD in Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill, and BA in Art History and in Chemistry from Grinnell College. She has been previously appointed as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Conservation Science at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation Science at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and a curatorial intern at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Culture as Medium Exhibition

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Research process

Curating art, science, and technology

Cross-disciplinary communication

Bioart and design

Chemistry, materials science, and physics

Materiality and material culture



The science perpective on how to keep a lab notebook: