Matthew Borgen


Drawing/Digital Art

Archived Works

Artist's Biography

Matthew Borgen is a native of Akron, Ohio. He was awarded a BFA in drawing from the University of Akron, and an MFA in painting from the University of Minnesota. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2003 he has presented his work in regional venues including The Woodmere Art Museum; The Fleisher Art Memorial (Wind Challenge); The Abington Art Center; The Barbara Crawford Gallery at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy; InLiquid Gallery; and the Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, New Jersey.

Nationally he has been included in exhibitions at The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan; The 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida; The Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, Massachusetts; and H Gallery, Ventura California.

Borgen has served as Exhibitions Coordinator for Arcadia University since 2012. His curatorial projects include exhibitions of preparatory sketches by muralist David Guinn, a survey of the career of mid 20th-century artist John Hathaway, and a presentation of proofs and drawings related to the lithographs of Benton Spruance. Most recently, Borgen organized solo exhibitions of the works of photographer Tamsen Wojtanowski and printmaker Jennifer Manzella.

Artist's Statement

Currently in my practice I borrow heavily from comic books produced during the mid-twentieth century, not only as a source of imagery, but also for the variety of compositional strategies the genre’s unique narrative structure suggests. In the completed works I often infuse these elements with themes, compositions, or references borrowed from across the western art historical canon.
These combinations and manipulations are intended to highlight moments where the original images prove incapable of supporting the ideas or cultural status with which they have been weighted, either by the artists themselves, or by other individuals or institutions.

All imagery inevitably fails to fully depict empirical reality. However, in the case of the content with which I am currently engaged, the disconnect stems from the long prioritization of the European patriarchal experience. The creation and support of such imagery can take place deliberately, for the purpose of increasing the political or financial influence of a particular person or group — or unintentionally, as the result of an unrecognized position of cultural privilege.

As the application of more decentralized and inclusive models of examining and interpreting culture, science, gender, and history increases, the descriptive limitations, social deficiencies, and problematic moments inherent in these materials become more apparent to an ever-increasing population.

My use of this kind of imagery is intended as an acknowledgment and confrontation of these failures. Through appropriation and satire I am seeking to mine a new value from these sources in the hope of contributing in a positive way to a conversation about the broader re-examination of long-held, and seemingly intractable, social ideas and narratives.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2019
Solo Series, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

2018
Fleisher Wind Challenge I, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Comic Spatial Analysis, The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ

Cities in the Sky, Barbara Crawford Gallery, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Re/creation: Storyteller, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

2001
Cycle, Emily Davis Gallery, Akron, OH

2000
Gettin’ My Mind Right, Mezzanine Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

1998
Loss and Found, BFA Exhibition, Atrium Gallery, University of Akron, OH

Normal, Senior Honors Project, Projects Gallery, University of Akron, OH

1997
Urban Renewal, a series of large scale paintings from the urban landscape, Projects Gallery, University of Akron, OH

Group
2019
White Rabbit, H Gallery, Ventura, CA
Organized by Dab Art

Storytelling, The Yard, Philadelphia, PA
Organized by InLiquid

The Woodmere Annual: 78th Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Eileen Neff

Celebrating Selections from Our Permanent Collection, Barbara Crawford Gallery, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA

Sated (The Food Container Project), James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Entrances and Exits, InLiquid Gallery, Crane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

2016
2016 International Juried Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ
Juror: Jonathon Goodman

Revolutions of Making: Faculty Exhibition 2016, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2015
National Juried Competition 2015: Works on Paper, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ
Juror: Carter E. Foster, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing, Whitney Museum of American Art

Abington Art Center Annual Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
Juror: Gerard Brown, assistant professor, Tyler School of Art

2014
Performance Video And Colored Gloves, Exploded View, Tucson, AZ

Arcadia University Faculty Exhibition, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2012
Arcadia University Faculty Exhibition: The Persistence of Drawing, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2011
Arcadia University Faculty Exhibition: Scale 1:1, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

SEPCHE Faculty Exhibition, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Faculty Exhibition 2009: The Artist and the Object, recent work by Arcadia University fine arts faculty presented with objects from their studios, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2008
First Person Art Salon, Gersham Y, Philadelphia, PA

Connected, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

2006
Sound and Vision, (A collaborative work with Gary Setzer), Art Gallery Ohio University Southern, Ironton, OH

2002
The Landscape Reconsidered, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA

2002 University of Minnesota MFA Exhibition, Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Visual Literacy, Orbit Gallery, St. Paul, MN
Jurors: Lyndel King, Director, Weisman Art Museum; Joan Rothfuss, Curator, Walker Art Center; Martin Weinstein, Owner, Weinstein Gallery

Consider the Ordinary – Question the Common, Furlong Gallery, Menomonie, WI

2001
University of Minnesota Graduate Exhibition, Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2000
University of Minnesota Graduate Exhibition, Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

1997
Creative Communities: Art from Akron’s Neighborhoods, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH

Artist's Bibliography

Print
2009
Arcadia University: Art and Design Faculty Catalog. Glenside: Published by University via Blurb.com, 2009

2002
New American Paintings: The MFA Annual 2002, Boston: Open Studios Press, 2002

1997
Stamp, Lew, “Neighborhood Art Brings City to Life,” Akron Beacon Journal, June 30, 1997

“UA Students Share Insights on Art Project,” West Side Leader, [Akron, OH] July 17, 1997

Online
2017
Newhall, Edith. "Exceptional Summer Shows at Local Galleries... and a Home for the Vox Diaspora", Philly.com, Web, July 27, 2017

2012
Art and Design Faculty Address the ‘Persistence of Drawing,’” The Bulletin Arcadia University, Arcadia University, December 14, 2012, Web, November 7, 2013

Retter, Jen, “Drawn Together: Art and Design Professors Exhibit Work,” The Bulletin Arcadia University, Arcadia University, November 30, 2012, Web, November 7, 2013

2008
“A Night at Salon,” First Person Arts, First Person Arts, August 14, 2008, Web, November 7, 2013

Kelley, Brian, “Matthew Borgen @ First Person Arts tonight in Philly,” Technology and the Arts, Brian Kelley, August 13, 2008, Web, November 7, 2013, Print

Publications Authored
2014
"The Meditation of the Vortex", exhibition catalog, February 2014, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

2012 – Present
Exhibitions Coordinator, Art Research Collaboration (ARC) Exhibition Program, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

2007 - Present
Adjunct Professor, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Awards and Honors

2019
Arcadia University Faculty Development Grant

2017
Arcadia University Faculty Development Grant

2007
Arcadia University Faculty Development Grant

2001
Zelda Berman Fliegel Scholarship

2000
Brown-Mackenzie Scholarship

1999
University of Minnesota Fellowship

1993
University of Akron Honors Scholarship

Publications

2014
Borgen, Matthew, “The Mediation of the Vortex,” exhibition catalog, February 2014, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA

Lectures and Talks

2019
Tamsen Wojtanowski and Jennifer Manzella panel discussion, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA
Moderator

2017
Comic Spatial Analysis, The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ

Cities in the Sky, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

2015
“Chaos in Patterns: One Artist in a Series of Many,” Jennifer Titone ’11, Arcadia University Alumni Artist Lecture Series, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA
Moderator

2014
“You’ll Understand When You’re Older,” Jannalyn Bailey, Arcadia University Alumni Artist Lecture Series, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA
Moderator

2013
A Conversation with Jamar Nicholas and Mike Manley, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA (Moderator)

2012
Arcadia University Faculty Exhibition: The Persistence of Drawing, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside PA

2011
Arcadia University Faculty Exhibition: Scale 1:1, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2009
Faculty Exhibition 2009: The Artist and the Object, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside PA

2008
First Person Art Salon at the Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

Curatorial projects

2019
Tamsen Wojtanowski: Between My Finite Eyes, Harrison Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Jennifer Manzella: City Blocks, Rosedale Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

2018
Lauren Vanni: Outside In, Harrison Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Carole Loeffler: Make What You Need, Rosedale Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Abbey Ryan: the light the shade, Harrison Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

2017
Living Rocks: Benton Spruance and the Lithograph Process, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Alumni Spotlight Exhibition: Krista Proffitt - Shavers, Savers, Mansplainers, Harrison and Rosedale Galleries, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

John Hathaway: Studies, Drawings, Paintings, and Prints, Commons Art Gallery, Great Room Lobby, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

2016
David Guinn: Before the Wall, Mural Sketches and Designs, Great Room Lobby, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Alumni Spotlight Exhibition: Jesse Vincent, Other Than a Memory, Commons Art Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Jane Geayer: Harmonious Geometries, Commons Art Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

2015
Alumni Spotlight Exhibition: Jennifer Titone, Great Room Lobby, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

2014
Band of Artists: Spectrum Order Disorder, University Commons Art Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
Co-curated with Alan Powell

Alumni Spotlight Exhibition: Jannalyn Bailey, University Commons Art Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

2013
Jamar Nicholas: World Building, University Commons Great Room Lobby, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
Co-curated with Samantha Schaeffer

Alive! Revealing the Art of Puppetry, University Commons Art Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
Co-curated with Alisa Kleckner

Alumni Spotlight Exhibition: Christopher Thomas, University Commons Art Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Presence of Process, University Commons Art Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

2012
Mitos Y Realidades: Inspiraciones De La Republica De Cuba Myths and Realities: Inspirations from the Republic of Cuba, University Commons Art Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
Co-curated with Abigail Ryan

Alumni Spotlight Exhibition: Andrew Ortwein: The Greatest War, University Commons Art Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Collections

Capital One Corporate Collection
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Education

2002
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
MFA, Drawing and Painting

1998
University of Akron, Akron, OH
BFA, Drawing
(Honors Program)