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Matt Rich

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Boston, MA

Birth year

Lives in
Jamaica Plain, MA

Works in
Jamaica Plain, MA


Representing galleries


Matt Rich holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Bachelors of Arts in Visual Arts and History of Art and Architecture from Brown University; and is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Selected solo exhibitions include Razors & Vapors at devening projects + editions (Chicago, IL), Ghost Muscle at Samsøn (Boston, MA), Flatmosphere at The Suburban (Chicago, IL) and Painted Sculptures at Project Row Houses (Houston, TX). Selected group exhibitions include the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), DODGE gallery (New York, NY), and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA). He has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Terra Foundation for the Arts, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



Lookout Parade,
Emerson-Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL
Matt Rich,
Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX
Razors & Vapors,
devening projects + editions, Chicago, IL (PDF)

Patriot & Hatchet,
Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Ghost Muscle, Samsøn, Boston, MA
Samsøn solo booth, VOLTA NY, New York, NY

, Nancy Lincoln Gallery, Chestnut Hill, MA

IRE & ICE, samsøn, Boston, MA
Blind Spot, devening projects + editions, Chicago, IL

The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

Painted Sculptures
, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX


My Crippled Friend
, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH (catalog with essay by John Yau)
Gallery Artists
, Samsøn Projects, Boston, MA
Fiction Alters Form, .T.F.R. Gallery, Encinitas, CA

Size Matters
, DODGEgallery, New York, NY
To The Venetians II: Chris Martin, Matt Rich and Ruth Root,
RISD Painting Gallery, Providence, RI (curated by Dennis Congdon & Carrie Moyer)
Temperature, Projekt 722, Brooklyn, NY
Michele Grabner: The Inova Survey, Institute of Visual Arts, UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
New Prints 2012/Winter, International Print Center New York, New York, NY

The Thingness of Color: Sarah Cain, Franklin Evans, Matt Rich and Cordy Ryman
, DODGEgallery, New York, NY
Sculpture Garden/Painting Show, Iceberg Projects, Chicago, IL
Anthony Greaney x samsøn x DAN GRAHAM @ Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA
Open Daybook Project, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA
The Wrong Miracle, NoMíNIMO Espacio Cultural, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Mass Cultural Council Visual Arts Award Recipients, Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA

James and Audrey Foster Prize Exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Where There Is, Galerie oqbo, Berlin, Germany
Back and Forth, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX
The Hendersons Will All Be There, BravinLee Programs, New York, NY
Paper! Awesome!, Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
Get It Together, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Riches, Trustman Gallery, Simmons College, Boston, MA (two-person)

Strange Loops
, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
Samson Projects, Volta 5, Basel, Switzerland
Samson Projects, MACO - México Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Mundane Shift Shape Placement, Park Life, San Francisco, CA (curated by Brion Nuda Rosch)
One Loses One’s Classics, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO
Censor Approved, Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO             

, O.H+T Gallery, Boston, MA
O.H+T Gallery, Aqua Hotel, Miami, FL
This is Boston Not LA, LaMontagne Gallery, South Boston, MA
Pattern, Hallway Bathroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA
A Cleaner Heart A Do It, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Matt Rich, Review, Stephen Squibb, Modern Painters, June (PDF)
MATT RICH: Ghost Muscle, Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, April 18 (PDF)
Fascinating Rhythms: Matt Rich, Greg Cook, The Boston Phoenix, April 13 (PDF)
10 Must-See Painting Shows: April 2012, Steven Zevitas, The Huffington Post, April 11
Artist of the Week, LVL3, May 22

The Thingness of Color at Dodge Gallery,
New American Painting Blog, April 8
11 To Watch in 2011: Editor’s Picks, New American Painting Blog, January 10

Eyes on the Prize: Ranking this Year’s Foster Finalists
, Sebastian Smee, Boston Globe, September 24
Bleak Houses, Cute Creatures, Greg Cook, The Boston Phoenix, August 26
Blurred Boundaries, Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, August 25
No Embarrasment for Riches, Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, February 7
Review: Matthew Rich, Evan J. Garza, Art Papers, January/February (PDF)

The Best Exhibitions of the Year
, Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, December 30
Challenging viewers to jump through 'Loops‘, Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, December 16
Opposites, Successfully Married, Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, November 11
Weather Reports, Greg Cook, The Boston Phoenix, October 9
Matthew Rich at devening projects + editions, James Yood, Artforum, Summer (PDF)
Matthew Rich at devening projects + editions, Claudine Ise, bad at sports, March 23


No Excuse For What I Do In Private, Delicious Spectacle, Washington DC (featuring: Louis Gabriel, Arthur Henderson, Carlos Jimzénez Cahua, Joshua Miller, Celia Pym) (PDF)

Line, Ryder Hall, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Sum, Julian Scott Gallery, Johnson State College, Johnson, VT

Slow Down - Contemporary Abstraction from Chicago, Meadows Gallery, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX (co-curated with Howard Fonda)

The Stage @ The Stray Show, Chicago, IL (a collaboration with Shana Lutker)


Residency, Fountainhead, Miami, FL
Artist Lecture, Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO

Artist Lecture, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
Artist-in-Residence, Dept. of Painting and Drawing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Resident Visiting Artist, American University, Washington, D.C.
Juror, Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston University, Boston, MA
Artist Lecture, Boston University, Boston, MA
Artist Lecture, Beaver Country Day, Chestnut Hill, MA

Participant, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
Artist Fellowship, Painting Category, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston, MA

Finalist Fellowship, Sculpture/Installation Category, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston, MA
Winner, Meserve Mural Competition, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Summer Residency,Nes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland

Summer Residency and Fellowship, Terra Foundation for the Arts, Giverny, France


Exhibition Catalog, Matt Rich: Ghost Muscle, samsøn projects, Boston, MA, essay by William Pym
Exhibition Catalog, Matt Rich: Patriot & Hatchet, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY, interveiw with Evan J. Garza

Exhibition Catalog, Sculpture Garden/Painting Show, Iceberg Projects, Chicago, IL

Essay, Becoming A Guerrilla Curator, The Northeastern Voice, March 12
Featured Artist, The Open Daybook, edited by David P. Earle, published by Mark Batty, Distributed by Random House, Inc.
Featured Artist, Can I Come Over to Your House?: The First Ten Years of The Suburban
Featured Artist, Sixth Finch, Spring Issue

Catalog Essay, Joseph Hart: Stagecraft, David Krut Projects, New York, NY
Featured Artist, Lines & Shapes, Volume 10
Featured Artist/Essay, Slush Pile, Issue 4

Featured Artist/Interview, Freight and Volume Magazine, Issue 2, Winter 07/08

Design/Catalog Essay, Slow Down, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

Featured Artist, Infra-thin, a multi-media book project funded by a grant from the Center for Interdisciplinary Reasearch in the Arts at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Catalog Essay, Sebastian Blanck: Bathroom Weather, Galleria In Arco, Turin, Italy

Featured Artist, Double Aught: Book of Arts, Literature and Sound, Chronoplastics, Providence, RI


Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Student Loan Program, List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Dana Farber Cancer Institute Art Collection, Boston, MA
Longview Museum of Art, Longview, TX


Recent Exhibits

Matt Rich participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2013 Solo Exhibition
Holly Johnson Gallery
Aug, 2013 Lookout Parade
Emerson Dorsch
Apr, 2013 Razors & Vapors
Devening Projects + Editions
Apr, 2013 Pages, Pages
Devening Projects + Editions
Apr, 2013 Fiction Alters Form
TFR Gallery
Nov, 2012 Temperature
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