Matthew Harris

Matthew Harris, MFA

Associate Professor, Head of Fine Arts and Foundations

Matthew Harris received his MFA at the University of Colorado Boulder (2011) and is currently the Head of Fine Arts at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Denver, CO. His sculptural artwork often questions the ways in which an individual gains social status. Wealth, physical appearance, and charming personality too often trump wisdom, compassion, and humility. Failure to gain the attention and approval we crave feeds our insecurities and drives us to try even harder.

With the elaboration of social media, we are bombarded with even more opportunities to curate our public lives. Matthew’s works frequently serve both as generalized portraits of human vulnerability and as self-portraits that question his own susceptibility to self-centered perspectives. Further details may be found on his website, matthewharris.net.

Cardinal with New Vestment (detail), 2015, Photo credit: Amanda Tipton

Recent Exhibitions, Significant Work, or Publications:

  • 2017 Cabinet, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO
  • 2017 Together With, The Bubbler, Madison, WI 2017 Peep show , Castle Marne, Denver CO
  • 2017 A day in the life (collaborative live performance with Tobias Fike), Afterglo Event, Denver Art Museum, CO
  • 2016 Baroque Selfies [solo exhibition], Leon Gallery, Denver CO

Courses Taught

3D Design, Ceramics I, Ceramics II, Fine Arts Internship Part I, Fine Arts Internship Part II, Form + Content, Methods of Inquiry, Professional Practices, Sculpture I: Practicum, Sculpture II: Exhausting the Metaphor, Sculpture III: Directed Studies, Senior Studio, Senior Studio I, Senior Studio II, Sophomore/Junior Portfolio, Special Topics

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