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Matthew Ballou
Columbia, Missouri

University of Missouri
Associate Professor

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I create paintings, drawings, and prints in an attempt to address – through archetypal themes and symbols ñ the fundamental questions, ideas, hopes, and concerns I have about being in the world. I write texts in an attempt to integrate rational conceptions with my passionate, sometimes illogical, visual expressions. In tandem, these avenues form a multifaceted array of investigation and inquiry that I use every day to, hopefully, understand and make sensible the miraculous reality of being.





born: 1976, Utica, NY



School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA, 2001
Indiana University - Bloomington, MFA, 2005


selected awards/honors

Wakonse Fellowship, University of Missouri, 2014-2015
Named to Faculty Scholars Program, University of Missouri, 2014-2015
Nominated for Provost's Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award, University of Missouri, 2013
University of Missouri GSA Outstanding Graduate Faculty Awardm University of Missouri, 2012

selected publication

Certain Densities, Uncertain Visions: Two Asides Regarding Perceptual Painting.î Certain Densities. Columbia, Missouri: George Caleb Bingham Gallery, p. 46-48. 2013
Diebenkornís Ocean Park Series: Provisional Action, Provisional Vision.î Neoteric Art. February 13, 2012
Nine Texts: Collected Writings for Neoteric Art, 2009-2011. Chicago: Neoteric Art, 2011
Second Horizon: The Changing Vision of Odd Nerdrum.î Image Journal, p 25-36. June 2006

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Moss-Thorns Gallery: ASEVENANDAWONADOE* - Paintings and Prints by Matthew Ballou, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS. 2013
Mildred M. Cox Gallery: Matt Ballou - Range, William Woods University, Fulton, MO. 2012
930 Art Center: The Bell, Struck: Tondos by Tim Lowly and Matt Ballou, Louisville, KY. 2011
Barrington Center for the Arts Gallery: Matthew Ballou - Redeeming Tensions, Gordon College, Wenham, MA. 2011



selected group shows

University Art Gallery: Perceptual Painting - Subject and Subjectivity, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL. 2016
Art and Design Gallery: Finding Balance (National Group Invitational), The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. 2015
Jack and Doris Ledbetter Gallery: 2014 Texas National Exhibition, Stephen F Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX. 2014
Evanston Art Center: In Three Moving Parts - Matthew Ballou, Norbert Marszalek, Tim Vermeulen, Evanston, IL. 2013



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