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Mathew McConnell, 2010–2011 Lillian Fellow
resident 2010–2011, summer 2007

Mathew McConnell holds an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a BFA in Studio Art from Valdosta State University. He has exhibited widely, including recent solo exhibitions at Unitec's Snowhite Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand and Vertigo Artspace in Denver, Colorado. In 2007, McConnell was a summer artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation and the recipient of the Sage Scholarship. In January of 2011, he returned to the Bray as the 2010–2011 Lillian Fellow.

“My recent works have been an attempt to understand art-making through the conscious re-making or other artists' work. Often using a singular form or image of another artist’s creation as a starting point, I recreate the work with alterations to suit my own aesthetic and conceptual preferences. The resultant forms vary between what could be mistaken as a facsimile of another artist’s work and original artworks with a source seemingly outside any individual referent. For me, to recreate is to create. When variations are possible, so too are revelations.”

To view more of Mathew's artwork go to

More Like a Dream than a Scheme, 2009
ceramic with airbrushed acrylic, leather, steel and rubber feet, MDF, found console table
64" w

The Story that Isn't as Good, 2009
ceramic (slip-cast and hand built),
air-dry clay, acrylic paint,
acrylic box with fluorescent lights,
wood,bowling ball, bar stools
68" h

Brighter Than Real (detail), 2009
 slipcast ceramic with enamel paint, detail
figure 20" h

Brighter Than Real, 2009
ceramic and cardboard, leather, nail, wood, ceramic with acrylic paint,
glass, latex paint
66" h