Michael Christopher Matson



EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

BFA Printmaking/sculpture Southern Methodist University-Magna Cum Laude 2010

Dallas County Community Colleges, Dallas, Texas. August 2005-2007

Ed Waldrum’s School of Neon, Dallas, Texas, March 2001-April2004. (Teacher).

Neon Specialist, Richardson, Texas, May 1990-August 1992. (Apprentice).

AWARDS:

CRLA: Advance level tutor certification in mathematics

Full Academic Scholarship Southern Methodist University

Investigating Maya culture exploration grant (Guatemala)

Honor Roll list of distinction: Southern Methodist University

Artist Residency: Patzaquel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Central America

EXPERIENCE:

2017-                              The Spade Studio: Fine Art & Fabrication                   Albany, TX.   

                                                                     Ceramics

                                                                     Glass

                                                                     Metal                                 

2010-2016                     Freelance  (Artist and fabricator)                                  Dallas, TX.                                         

                                                                      Communilux                  

                                                                      Mecca Designs

                                                                      TW Trainworks                              

08/2007-08/2008             Dallas County Community College                                 Dallas, TX.

      Mathematics and writing tutor

      Work shops coordinator

      Specializing in algebra and pre-calculus tutoring

08/2006-07/2007             Gerald Peters Gallery                                                       Dallas, TX.

     Preparatory work for shows

     Gallery lighting

     Installation/shipping and receiving

04/2001-2007                   Dallas Center for Contemporary Art                                   Dallas, TX.

      Preparatory work for installation

      Gallery Lighting

      Visitor relations during gallery receptions

05/2004-05/2006                   North Texas Neon                                                                        Dallas, TX.

      Glassblowing

      Neon lighting for residential

      Designing neon glasswork

03/ 1998- 01/2002               Glass House                                                                        Arlington, TX.

       Glassblowing/processing neon glass

       Working one on one with clients/meeting their needs

       Owner

SKILLS:

Years of experience in art handling, installation and curation                                                 

Specializing in cold cathode lighting, drawing, intaglio, ceramics and metal sculpture

Highly proficient on PC and Mac operating systems

MIG and TIG welding aluminum

Casting metals, slip casting mold making processes

Neon glassblower with 20 years experience

Specializing in rare gas mixtures utilizing xenon gas

Vacuum forming plastics and vacuum process

 

Film:

Bomb City (2017)

Neon lighting and sculpture: Ruby Red Labyrinth. Neon

 Fuck. Neon and The American Beast. steel. Used in film.   

 

 

PROJECT LEADERSHIP:

Regina Wheat Sculpture. Saskatchewan, Canada. 21’. 2012. Teaming up with Venue Arts and StraightCircle Designs. I designed a vacuum system capable of fabricating 13’ plastic parts for monumental public sculpture.  

American Beast. 20’ 2011. I designed, served as director of project, and led a team of artists to produce this sculpture for Kirk Hopper Fine Art.

 

 

ART HISTORY SPECIALTIES:

Olmec, Epi-Olmec, highland, lowland and Northern Maya cultures

 

 

INVOLVEMENT:

Kidscapes 2011-2014

        Head art teacher

        Teaching art processes to children affected by HIV

Phi Theta Kappa 2007-(present)

Dallas Center for Contemporary Art.  2001-2007

 

Website:

mcmsculpture.com