Matthew Courtney


Contact Information

mcourtne@gmail.com

http://www.matthewcourtneyart.com/

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

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