Biography

1983 Born in Palisade, CO
Lives and Works in Athens, OH

Education

2007 MFA, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
2005 BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Solo Exhibitions

2019 On the verge, LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA
2018-19 Everything is everything, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
Matt Wedel, Skyroom, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2017 Matt Wedel, Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, NY
Matt Wedel, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2016 Matt Wedel, Skyroom, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2015 Peaceable Fruit, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
Matt Wedel, Erskine Hall & Coe, London, England
Matt Wedel: Flower tree, Skyroom, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2014 Matt Wedel: Portrait, Skyroom, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2013 Sheep’s Head, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2012 Matt Wedel, L.A. Louver, Sky Room, Venice, CA
2010 Matt Wedel, Second Floor Marfa, Marfa TX
Child flower tree landscape, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2009 Matt Wedel, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2008 Matt Wedel, New work”, California State University Long Beach, CA
Polar bears, cat and landscape”, Space Craft Studio, San Diego, CA
2007 June in the fall, Werby / Gatov gallery, California State University Long Beach, CA
Child, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
La-vender tree”, Space Craft Studio, San Diego, CA
I’ve got wings on my mind, SCA Gallery, Pomona, CA
2005 My friend the orange guy, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibitions

2019 Ceramic Momentum, CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art, Middelfart, Denmark
Group show, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2018-19 The Incongruous Body, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA,
11 Aug 2018 – 20 Jan 2019
Melting Point, Movements in Contemporary Clay, CAFAM, Los Angeles, CA
Evolver, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2017 C’est le Bouquet!, Foundation Bernardaud, Limoges, France
On the Road: American Abstraction, David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI
Built, Elizabeth Leah Gallery, Portland, OR
2016 LA Today, Curated by Carl Schlosberg, Royal Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Fired Up: Monumental Clay, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
Contemporary Ceramics, Fort Collins Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO
Visiting Artist Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
2015 Environmental Impact: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,
Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard CA
Colors Defined, Cohen Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2013 Muck: Accumulations, Accretions and Conglomorations, Curated by Peter Held,
Arizona State University Museum, Tempe, AZ
Elemental I Of the Earth, The Sturt Haaga Gallery at Desconso Gardens, Los Angeles, CA
Group Show, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
Lost Horizon: Landscape by other means: works from the Permanent Collection,
Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2012 Figure, Skyroom, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
Stone Gravy, curated by David Pagel, Ameringer I McEnery I Yohe, New York, NY
Art 43 Basel, L.A. Louver, Basel, Switzerland
2011 Loose Canon, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
Art 42 Basel, L.A. Louver, Basel, Switzerland
Group Show, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
Elements of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation”,
Brevard Art Museum, Melbourne, FL
Pieceable Kingdom”, Beacon Arts Building, Los Angeles, CA
67th Scripps Annual”, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Claremont, CA
2010 Salon 5”, Marine, Santa Monica, CA
2009 Group Show”, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
A View from the Atlantic”, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS, Canada
Rogue Wave, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2008 Lingua Franca, Ellis Armory, Pittsburgh, PA
GSE, 301 Pine Gallery, Long Beach, CA
Projection, Salon Oblique, Venice, CA
2007 Underworld, Salon Oblique, Venice, CA
Meltdown, Salon Oblique, Venice, CA
Insights, University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
Fully Studded, Salon Oblique, Venice, CA
The Evva S. Vale Memorial Exhibition, The Barbara & Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center,
Long Beach, CA
LA’s Insurgents, Salon Oblique, Venice, CA
2006 Wondergems, Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago, IL
Insights, University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
Enigma…Healing…Revelation, Union Art Space, Santa Ana, CA

Bibliography

2018 Pagel, David, LA Times, Review: Bright, blazing bursts of color enliven Matt Wedel’s sculptures
at L.A. Louver, Nov 27
Shaw, Michael, Visual Art Source, Matt Wedel
2016 Johnson, Grant, Modern Painter, Matt Wedel
Pagel, David, Gallery Magazine, “The Weight of Color” and “Peaceable Fruit”
2015 Ceramic Review, Wedels World, Issue 277
Clark, Garth, Cfile, Exhibition I Matt Wedel: “Peaceable Fruit” at LA Louver is Major
Achievement Wood, Eve, Artillery: Pick of the Week
Williams, Maxwell, Artsy Editorial, Matt Wedel’s garden of massive ceramics takes root in L.A.
Slenske, Michael, Wallpaper Magazine (online), Florid ceramics: Matt Wedel presents
‘Peaceable Fruit’ at LA Louver
2014 Nys Dambrot, Shana, Art Ltd, Matt Wedel
2013 Whitney, Kathleen, Matt Wedel, LA Louver, Sculpture Magazine, November 2013 Vol. 32 No. 9
pg. 76
Dacheux, Stacy, Beautiful/Decay, Matt Wedel’s larger than life ceramics reunite us with our
innermost children, May 20
Pagel, David, Los Angeles Times, A heady view of offbeat world, May 3
Goldman, Edward, Huffington Post, In the Art Ring: Newcomer Artist vs. Heavyweight
Champion, April 16
Goldman, Edward, KCRW, In the Art Ring: Newcomer Artist vs. Heavyweight Champion, April 16
Muller, Mario, Glasstire, Southern California visual art, Matt Wedel at L.A. Louver, April 29
Calder, Diane, ArtScene, May
2012 Ollman, Leah, Los Angeles Times, Peering into ‘Clay’s Tectonic Shift”, January 29
2011 Ceramics Monthly, 67th Scripps College Ceramic Annual, April
The Fluidity of Clay, Hand Eye Magazine, June 9
Davies, Stacy, Inland Empire Weekly, “Playing with Fire”: Making Fun highlights wily, whimsical
ceramics
Making Fun: The 67th Scripps College Ceramic Annual, Artweek, LA, February 7
The Student life, “Making Fun” out of Art, February 11
McElroy, Gil, Ceramics Art and Perception, Matt Wedel, Issue 82
2010 Pieceable Kingdom, Green Galactic, December 29
Marine, A Contemporary Art Selon, Year One, Works 001-185, Marine Contemporary. 2010. Print
Bembnister, Theresa, Glasstire (Texas visual art online), Matt Wedel at Second Floor
Marfa Public Radio, Talk at 10, Interview with Ton Michael, August 20
Coagula Art Journal, Artist of the Day, Matt Wedel at L.A. Louver, February 17
2009 Schaer, Brianne: Daily49er, “Artwork profits to be donated to community”, September 16
Buckley, Annie: THE Magazine - Los Angeles: Review, Rogue Wave, September
Upfront Exhibitions, Ceramics Monthly, Rogue Wave, pg. 26, October
Welles, Eleanore: Art Scene, 'Rogue Wave '09', pg. 21, September
Pagel, David: Los Angeles Times, Art review; ‘Rouge Wave ‘09’ at L.A. Louver Gallery, July 24
Taft, Catherine: The Saatchi Gallery Dally Magazine, ‘Catherine Taft’s top 10 summer shows in
LA, July 23
Laden, Tanja: Flavor Pill, Rogue Wave: 10 Artists from Los Angeles, July 16
Curcio, Seth: Daily Serving, Rogue Wave ’09, July 14
Canadian Art, Matt Wedel / Mary-Anne Wensley: Otherworldly Terrain March 19
Matt Wedel, Exhibition Catalog, Saint Mary’s University Gallery, March 07
2008 Press-Telegram, “Art museum sends “Child” to his room, August 5, Cover reproduction, pg A5
Daily 49er, Long Beach Art Museum removes sculpture, August 7, Reproduction
2007 Press-Telegram, 'Child' draws adults' attention to museum, December 18, Cover, pg. 5,
Beachcomber, Long Beach Treasure, November 23, pg. 19, Reproduction
District, Motherless ‘Child’, by Theo Douglas, November 7
LCUnion, Peeping Child, November 21
Black Book Magazine, Forget Stuffy Gallery, Think Salon, August 30

Teaching Experience

2018 Adjunct Faculty, Ohio University, Athens Ohio
2012 Invited artist, International Sculpture Intensive, Long Beach, CA
2011 Adjunct Faculty, University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, CO
2010 Adjunct Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2008-09 Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Nova Scotia College of Design, Halifax, NS
2007-08 Adjunct Faculty, California State University, Long Beach, CA
2007 Invited artist, International Sculpture Intensive, Long Beach, CA
2006-07 Graduate Student Teaching, California State University, Long Beach, CA

Grants & Awards

2019 Ohio Arts Council, Individual Excellence Award
Virginia A. Groot Foundation, 1st Place Recipient
2018 The Individual Artist Award, The Santo Foundation, Saint Louis, MO
2007 Werby Scholarship, California State University, Long Beach, CA
Baker Scholarship, California State University, Long Beach, CA
2006 Travel Grant, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
2002-05 Annual Incentive Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
2003 Finalist- First Annual Collegiate Artists Competition, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
2002 First Place In Ceramic Sculpture, 26th Annual Student Exhibition, Mesa State College,
Grand Junction, CO

Public Collections

LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LAArt Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS, Canada
Community Hospital, Grand Junction, CO
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS, Canada
Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS, Canada