Matthew Friday is an educator and transdisciplinary artist who works across a variety of media, contexts and institutions. His research focuses on the development of apparatuses and systems that examine and provoke new political ecologies. Working both collectively and individually, Matthew Friday's projects have taken up issues of organized labor, community agriculture and watershed remediation. He is an active member of the ecosystem research and design collective SPURSE.
Matthew Friday studied at the Slade School or Art, the University of New Mexico and the Whitney Independent Study Program and has a MFA from Indiana State University. A committed educator, Friday has taught in a number of different institutions and settings including the State University of New York at Oswego, Empire College (NYC) and Ohio University and now serves as the graduate coordinator and associate professor of critical studies for the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He has participated in presentations and studio critiques at Mildred's Lane, the Art Institute of Chicago and Buffalo University and has published essays in October, the Journal of Modern Craft, the Journal Aesthetics and Protest and Art Journal.
Matthew Friday has exhibited in a number of venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art Open Studios, Exit Art Gallery, the University of Buffalo Art Department Gallery, the Cambridge Art Association, 1708 Gallery (Richmond), the University of Rochester Art Gallery, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Center for Contemporary Arts in St. Louis, Ohio State University Urban Art Center, Spaces (Cleveland) and the Indianapolis Art Center. As part of SPURSE, Friday has exhibited at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, ArtSpace in New Haven Connecticut, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Grand Arts, White Columns, the Kitchen, Bemis Art Center and the BMW Guggenheim LAB. His work has been reviewed in October, the New Art Examiner, Dwell and Art Papers and has been included in several catalogs including The Interventionists (MassMOCA) and Experimental Geography (Independent Curators International/Creative Time).
Friday's work has been supported with a number of grants including a New York Federation for the Arts Strategic Opportunity Stipend, an Ohio Arts Initiative grant and an Andrew Mellon funded Art and Environment project award through Pitzer College.