Matthew Courtney

Matthew Courtney

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    Installation / Scupture + 3D

    Artist's Statement

    I am interested in the connection to adult playing and art making, particularly the rules that guide both activities and the opportunity for improvisation inside those rules. My work has liminal characteristics that occupy ideas on either side of art/play, adult/child, and serious/non-serious thresholds. I choose imagery that overlaps my personal experiences as a child and as an adult. With these ideas in mind, I am currently attempting to create a dimensional version of what literary criticism and poets refer to as, The Objective Correlative. I play with my imagery by distorting or altering it and mixing, matching and experimenting with arrangements till I arrive at unforeseen interesting content.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2012
    In Collaboration: Matthew Courtney, Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, GA

    2010
    Old City Windows, Artist and Craftsman Supply, part of Design Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    2002
    Recent Work, HACC Gallery, Harrisburg, PA

    2000
    Recent Work, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Challenge Exhibition, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
    Jurors: Darrel Sewell, Michael Olszewski

    1996
    Recent Work, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
    Juror: Michael Lucero

    Mineral Spirits, In Collaboration, Akron, OH

    1995
    Small Works, Borders Books, Philadelphia, PA

    1994
    Gist, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH

    1992
    New Art From the Region, Spaces, Cleveland, OH
    Curator: Judith Saloman

    Clay, Jessica Berwind Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    In Participation with the National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)

    1987
    Recent Work, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    Two Person
    2012
    In Collaboration: John Parris and Matthew Courtney, Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, GA

    Three Person
    1992
    Recent Work, The Boiler Room Gallery, Cleveland, OH

    Group
    2010
    Clay @ Penn: Declarations, Fox Art Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    In Participation with the National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)
    (catalogue)

    Artist/Educator, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ
    In Participation with the National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)
    Curator: Heather Mae Erickson, (catalogue)

    Mentors, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    In Participation with the National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)
    Invitational
    Curators: Liz Beth Stewart and Jim Makins

    2007
    Clay @ Penn 2007: Invitational, Addams Hall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    (catalogue)

    2004
    Clay @ Penn: Artists Choose Artists, Addams Hall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2002
    Strength in Numbers, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC

    2001
    Precious, Nexus: Foundation for today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

    2000
    Nexus Members, The Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

    Current Nexus Members Show, Nexus: Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Duality, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    1999
    SIX: New Members, Nexus: Foundation for today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1998
    Clay on the Fringe: 16 Installations, The Clay Studio Annex, Philadelphia, PA
    Part of the 3rd Annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival
    Curator: Matthew Courtney

    Clay @ Penn, University of Pennsylvania, Meyerson Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Artists Choose Artists, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY
    Curator: Bruno La Verdiere

    1997
    Studio Days Invitational, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA
    Curator: Kirk Mangus

    Craft Forms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
    Jurors: Liz Beth Stewart and Sharon Church

    Made at the Clay Studio, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA
    Curator: Jimmy Clark

    1996
    The Clay Studio at The Clay Space, The Clay Space, Miami, FL

    1995
    The Politics of Scale, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
    Juror: Bruce Metcaf

    Recent Acquisitions, In Collaboration, Akron, OH

    1994
    Mixed Bag, In Collaboration, Akron, OH

    Neighborhood Destinations, Spaces, Cleveland, OH

    Thing One, Akron Mill Works Gallery and Art Without Walls, Akron, OH

    Recent Acquisitions, In Collaboration, Akron, OH

    20th Anniversary, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    Final Show, Jessica Berwind Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1993
    Narration & Metaphor, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
    Curator: Amara Geffen

    Cleveland Marches East, Art Without Walls, Jersey City, NJ

    Faculty show, Reinberge Galleries, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

    Dish, William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH

    Flight, Mill Works, Gallery, Akron, OH

    1992
    Faculty Show, Reinberge Galleries, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
    7th Annual San Angelo National Ceramics Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
    Juror: Wayne Higby

    Souvenirs for the Twentieth Century, William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH

    Art Without Walls, Three shows in Cleveland, OH, One in Pittsburgh, PA

    Artists on their Own, Greenwich House Pottery, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY
    Juried Exhibition

    1991
    Faculty Show, Reinberge Galleries, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

    Objects: 1991, Jessica Berwind Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Annual Art Show, Jewish Community Center, Cleveland Heights, OH
    Juror: Toshiko Takeazu

    Art Without Walls, Three shows in Cleveland, OH

    Feats of Clay, Lincoln Arts Center, Lincoln, CA
    Juror: Rudy Autio
    Awarded 2nd place

    American Wood Fire, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
    Juror: Karen Karnes and David Shaner
    (catalogue)

    1990
    Clay Studio Residents, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL

    Artist's Bibliography

    1999
    Rice, Robin, “Members Only,” Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia, PA, December 16, 1999

    Sozansky, Ed, "Three Avenues of instinct and imagination," The Philadelphia inquire, Philadelphia, PA, February 5, 1999

    1998
    Seay, Suzanne, “Local artists choose their favorites for gallery exhibit,” The Post Star, Glen Falls, NY, January 19, 1998

    1997
    Mangus, Kirk, "Installation of Ceramic Sculpture," Networks in Ceramics, published by the Helsiinki University of Art and Design, Edited by Tiina Verajankora and Annu Ahonen, January 1, 1997

    1995
    Rice, Robin, "High Contrast," Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia, PA, November 23, 1995

    1994
    Hilton, Dale, "Up Front: Matthew Courtney," Ceramics Monthly, volume 42, number 7, January 9, 1994

    Lit, Steven, "Sprucing Up the City with Public Art: Display at Spaces Lively and Touching," The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH, May 12, 1994

    Hilton, Dale, "Formal Elements of 'Gist' Make Strong Statement," The Sculpture Center Quarterly News Letter, Cleveland, OH (Winter)

    Cullinan, Helen, "Portrait: 'Courtney Makes Point With Exhibit of Ceramics'," The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH, February 6, 1994

    1992
    Riguito, Randy, "Art Without Walls," The River Burns, Cleveland, OH, (Summer issue)

    Shinn, Dorothy, "Invasion of Rubber City Decisive Victory for Art," Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, May 24, 1992

    Cullinan, Helen, "Emerging Talent and Refreshing Perspective," The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH, April 21, 1992

    Rice, Robin, "Show Review," Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia, PA, March 27, 1992

    Lit, Steven, "Works of young Artists throw Promising Sparks," The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH, February 9, 1992

    1991
    Catalog American Wood Fire 91, published by the University of Iowa Museum of Art, October 19, 1991

    1989
    O’Hara, Kate, "fired with Enthusiasm," The Portico, Publication of the Taft Museum, Vol. 4 Issue. 3

    Professional Experience

    2011 - present
    Adjunct, Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Adjunct, Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Philadelphia, PA

    2009
    Juror, Doris Weiss Memorial Scholarship for Art Majors, Philadelphia Community College, Philadelphia, PA

    2004 - present
    Instructor, The University of Pennsylvania's Art and Architecture Summer Studios at Penn, High School Summer Program, Philadelphia, PA

    2004
    Adjunct, Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Philadelphia, PA

    2003
    Instructor Pre-College Prep, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2000 - present
    Senior Lecturer, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    1999 - 2003
    Instructor Continuing Education Departments Summer High School Art Smart Program, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    1999
    Visiting Lecturer, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA

    1998 - present
    Visiting Lecturer, The University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, Philadelphia, PA

    1994 - 1998
    Instructor, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    Studio Technician, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    1991 - 1994
    Instructor Continuing Education, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

    Studio Technician, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

    1990
    Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kent State University, Kent, OH

    1988 - 1989
    Product Designer, Juliana Design Group, Exton, PA

    1987
    Product Model Maker, Product Dynamics, Levittown, PA

    1986
    Product Model Maker, Sight Design, Lamont, PA

    1985
    Architectural Model Maker, 3XM, Philadelphia, PA

    1983 - 1989
    Architectural Model Maker, Scale, Philadelphia, PA

    1982 - 1984
    Illustrator, Seagull Lighting, Philadelphia, PA

    1981
    Apprentice, Bruno LaVerdiere, Hadley, NY

    Professional Affiliations

    1999 - 2001
    Member, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1991 - 1994
    Member, Art Without Walls, Cleveland, OH

    Awards and Honors

    1998
    Hunt Art Futures Program Teaching Fellowship, Administered by The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1993
    Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship, Columbus, OH

    1990
    Jerome Foundation Emerging Artists, Collegeville, MN

    Residency, Saint Johns Pottery, Collegeville, MN

    1985 - 1987
    Artist in Residence, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    Exhibitions Curated

    1998
    Clay on the Fringe: 16 Installations, The Clay Studio Annex, Philadelphia, PA
    Part of the 3rd Annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival

    Lectures and Talks

    2007 and 2010
    Lecture and Critique of Graduate Ceramics, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    1993
    Panelist, “Narration and Metaphor,” Erie Museum of Art, Erie, PA

    2002
    Artists Lecture, Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA

    Education

    1991
    Kent State University, Kent, OH
    MFA, Ceramics

    1984
    University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    BS, Industrial Design