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Matt Towers

Matt Towers

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Associate Professor, Ceramics

towers@hartford.edu
matttowersceramics.com

MFA, Ceramics, Alfred University
BFA, Theater, New York University

Matthew Towers received his BFA in theater from New York University and his MFA in ceramics from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In the summer of 2012, Towers completed a residency at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana, and in the summer of 2000 he was an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. In 2004 he received a grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.  His work has been shown nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions, such as the 2015 NCECA Biennial (Rhode Island) and at Greenwich House Pottery (New York, NY), Pewabic Pottery (Michigan), The Elmhurst Art Museum (Illinois), The Slater Memorial Museum (Connecticut), The Archie Bray Foundation (Montana), the Wexler Gallery (Pennsylvania), and the Philadelphia Clay Studio (Pennsylvania).  He also has lectured at the University of Washington, Sienna Heights University (Michigan), the University of Connecticut, The University of Long Beach (California), Rhode Island School of Design, Alfred University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Alaska. His work is in collections such as The Jingdezhen Museum of Ceramics (China), The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art (New York), and The Archie Bray Foundation. His work also is featured in the books Sex Pots Eroticism in Ceramics by Paul Mathieu, Overseas Contemporary Ceramic Art Classics by Bai Ming, 500 Vases by Lark Books, 500 Tea Pots, Volume 2 by Lark Books, and Mastering the Potter’s Wheel by Ben Carter.

Gallery

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Major Exhibitions

2015

  • NCECA Biennial Exhibition, The David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, RI

2010                          

  • Matt Towers Ceramics, Cat Balco Paintings, The Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester Conn. (2 person invitational)

2007                           

  • Matt Towers - Catastasis, Solo Exhibition, Philadelphia Clay  Studio, Philadelphia, PA (juried solo exhibition)

2006                           

  • Excess, Cummings Arts Center, Manwaring Gallery, Connecticut College New London, Conn. (invitational)
  • Archie Bray Benefit Silent Auction Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT (invitational)
  • Private Party, Public Invited, Sienna Heights University, Adrian,  MI (invitational)

2005                           

  • NCECA 2005 Clay National Exhibition, University of Maryland,   Baltimore County Center for Art and Visual Culture, Maryland.   (National Juried Show)
  • White on White, Sub-Basement Art Studio, Baltimore, Md.  (invitational)
  • Gender and the Vessel, Craig Flinner Gallery, Baltimore, Md..  (invitational)
Group Exhibitions

2015                           

  • Thoughts Become Things, Wesleyan Pottery, Middletown, Conn.
  • Reaction Bubble Community Engagement Event, Real Art Ways,Hartford, Conn.

2014                          

  • Feel Life, Summer Art Festival 2014, Kate Shin Gallery, New York, N.Y. (invitational)
  • Dirty For A Reason, Wesleyan Pottery, Middletown, Conn.  (invitational)

2013                           

  • Hartford Art School Ceramics, Wesleyan Pottery, Middletown, Conn.   (invitational)
  • Wesleyan Pottery Annual Holiday Show, Wesleyan Pottery,  Middletown, Conn.     
  • Tea Time, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY (invitational)

2012 

  • Featured Artist Exhibition, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge,   MT (invitational)
  • Greenwich House 2nd Annual Arts Benefit, Greenwich House   Pottery, New York, NY
  • (invitational)
  • Close Radius, Carroll House Gallery, Keene, N.H.    (invitational)
  • Invitational Cup Show, Studio 550, Manchester, N.H.  (invitational)
  • National Porcelain Invitational, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA (invitational)

2011                           

  • 2011-From the Center to the Edge, The Archie Bray Foundation,  Helena, Mont. (invitational)
  • Naughty and Nice, Lill St. Art Center, Chicago, Il (invitational)

2010                           

  • Illumination,The Gallery at Liebowitz, Bard College at Simon’s  Rock, Great Barrington, MA (invitational)                              

2009

  • Peter’s Valley Annual Faculty Exhibition, Peter’s Valley Craft Center, Layton, N.J.
  • Keene State Exhibition, Town Hill Pottery Airstream Gallery, Keene, N.H.

2008                           

  • Wesleyan Potter’s 53rd Annual Exhibit and Sale,Wesleyan  Pottery, Middletown, Conn.                

2007                          

  • Small Works Exhibition, Philadelphia Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2006                          

  • An Extravagance of “Salt & Pepper”: Containers, Shakers,  Concepts, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Md.
Exhibitions Curated

Sly, Three Rivers Community College Gallery, Norwich, Conn.

Residencies

2012                           

  • Artist in Residence (summer), Red Lodge Clay Center,Red Lodge, Mont.

2000                          

  • Artist in Residence (summer), The Archie Bray Foundation,Helena, Mont. 
Visiting Artist Workshops/Lectures

2010                          

  • Manchester Community College, Manchester, Conn. (workshop,  lecture)

2009                           

  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn. (workshop)
  • Keene State College, Keene, N.H.  (workshop)

2006                           

  • Sienna Heights University, Adrian, MI (lecture)
  • Connecticut College, New London, Conn. (lecture)
  • Bennington College, Bennington, Vt. (lecture, workshop)
Panels/Presentations

2006 

  • Clay Nation Symposium, demonstrator, panel member and lecturer, Wichita, Kan.

2005                           

  • “Gender and the Vessel”, Panel member and lecturer at 2005  NCECA Conference, Baltimore, Md.
Reviews/Publications

2016                           

  • “Mastering the Potter’s Wheel, Book, Ben Carter, Quarto Publishing, 2016

2013                           

  • “500 Tea Pots Volume 2”, Book, Sterling Publishing, 2013

2010                           

  • “500 Vases”, Book, Sterling Publishing, 2010

2005                           

  • “Matthew Towers’ Catastasis/Vase Forms”, Peter Barr, Ceramics Art and Perception Magazine, Issue 62.
Awards/Grants

2013                           

  • Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Arts Innovation and  Collaboration Program (Through Real Art Ways    For Reaction Bubble Project)

2005                           

  • First Place Award, Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, Penn.