2000 University of Kentucky, Sculpture.
2001-2004 BFA in Sculpture. Art History and Humanities Minors. University of Louisville Hite Art Institute. Cum Laude. Louisville, KY.
2010 Louisville Visual Arts Association Water Tower Regional Juried Exhibition
(LVAA). Water Tower Art Museum. Louisville, KY.
2009 Yew Dell Gardens Sculpture Invitational. Crestwood, KY.
Matthew Weir and Ezra Kellerman: New Works and Studies. Architype Gallery. Louisville, KY.
2008 Yew Dell Gardens Sculpture Invitational. Crestwood, KY.
Plexus Contemporary. Louisville, KY.
2007 Generation Next, Lexington Art League. Lexington, KY.
Sticks and Stones, Kentucky Folk Art Center. Morehead, KY.
2006 A Southern Presence, Lexington Art League. Lexington, KY.
Heavy Metal, Friedman Images Gallery. Louisville, KY.
2005 Bernheim Arboretum. Clermont, KY. The New Center for Contemporary Art. mmm…yes please. Louisville, KY.
2004 Evansville Museum of Art, History, and Science 52nd Annual Mid-states Juried Exhibition. Evansville, IN.
A.R.T.: A Real Thing. Actors Theater of Louisville. Louisville, KY.
Arts on Main Juried Art Show, Community Theater. Shelbyville, KY.
Artists of Swanson Reed Contemporary at Actors Theater of Louisville. Louisville, KY. University of Louisville, BFA Thesis Exhibition. Louisville, KY.
2003 Arts on Main Juried Art Show, Community Theater. Shelbyville, KY.
Sellersburg Stone Co., Inc. Open House. Sellersburg, IN.
Beauty and the Beast, Kentucky Theater. Louisville, KY.
Group Exhibition, 953 Gallery. Louisville, KY.
Winter Studio Show, The End and John-Martin Rutherford. Louisville, KY.
Vitalizing Space: Exhibition and Installation. Theirman Building. Louisville, KY.
Art Under the Influence, Artswatch. Louisville, KY.
2002 Lion’s Den First Annual Open Studio Exhibition at St. James Art Fair. Louisville, KY.
Louisville Visual Arts Association Water Tower Regional Juried Exhibition
(LVAA). Water Tower Art Museum. Louisville, KY.
The Hangar Show, Bowman Field: Cardinal Wings Hangar. Louisville, KY.
2001 Group Exhibition, 953 Gallery. Louisville, KY.
The Indianapolis Murphy Arts Center Exhibition with The Artists of the Bright Foundry. Indianapolis, IN.
Autumnumbra Sculpture Invitational, The Museum. Louisville, KY.
Grand Opening Exhibition, Hidden Hill Outdoor Sculpture Gallery Whimsy. Utica, IN.
Louisville Visual Arts Association Water Tower Regional Juried Exhibition, (LVAA). Water Tower Art Museum. Louisville, KY.
2000 Group Exhibition, 953 Gallery. Louisville, KY.
2010 Wright Family gravesite bald eagle sculpture, Calvary Cemetery. Louisville, KY.
2009 Louisville Downtown Management District sculpture “Presence.” Louisville, KY.
2008 St. Xavier High School monumental bronze tiger on carved Indiana Limestone base.
2006 Jewish Hospital hallway sculpture. Juried by Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.
Bullitt Co, KY. “The Tree of Life as Described by Narcissus or The Wind.”
2005 Bernheim Arboretum. Donor Tree, designed and created with Julie Schweitzer and Mike Ratterman. Clermont, KY.
2004 Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church. Roberta Marx Bench Memorial. Louisville, KY.
2003 Louisville Downtown Management District bench sculpture. Louisville, KY.
2002 Hidden Hill Sculpture Garden, “The Beautiful Terrible.” Utica, IN.
Awards / Scholarships
2010 The Norman Kohlhepp Merit Award. Louisville Visual Arts Association Water Tower Regional Juried Exhibition. Louisville, KY.
2007 Kentucky Arts Council: Individual Artist Professional Development Grant.
2001- 2003 University of Louisville: Allen R. Hite Arts Institute, Fine Arts Scholarship.
2001 Barney Bright Memorial Award for Sculpture. Louisville Visual Arts Association Water Tower Regional Juried Exhibition. Louisville, KY.
2001 - present Bright Foundry (Fine Art Bronze casting). Sculptor / technician. Louisville, KY.
2004 - 2006 Prototype sculptor for Ideas Etc Inc. Louisville, KY
2000 - 2002 Paul Fields, Sculptor. Studio assistant / sculptor. Louisville, KY.
2000 - 2001 Kaviar Forge: Craig Kaviar Blacksmith and Ironworks Studio. Technical draftsperson and employee / assistant. Louisville, KY.
Symposiums / Workshops
2002 Participant at Sixth Annual Indiana Limestone Sculpture Symposium. Sponsored by Bloomington Area Arts Council and Bybee Stone Company. Ellettsville, IN.
2007 KY Museum of Art and Craft: Blackacre Nature Preserve. Still life drawing and mixed media arts. Louisville, KY.
Bernheim Arboretum, “Stone Carving,” instructor. Clermont, KY.
2006 Mellwood Arts Center, “Stone Carving,” instructor. Louisville, KY
2005 Bernheim Arboretum, “Sculpture in Wood,” wood carving instructor. Clermont, KY.
2004 -2003 Seneca High School Annual Renaissance Fair stone carving instructor. Louisville, KY.
1999- 2001 Drawing fundamentals and clay modeling studio classes for Future Minds: Child Enrichment Program. Louisville, KY.
“30 Something’s Doing Something in the Arts.” Bravo a Louisville Fund for the Arts quarterly publication. Summer 2009.
Heilenman, Diane. “A ferocious project.” The Courier-Journal. October 12, 2008.
Lyons, Leslie. “St. Xavier High School.” www.iliveinlouisville.com. October 27, 2008.
Frank, Aaron. “Matt Weir.” Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO). August 27, 2008.
Hill, Bob. “Tiger Project for St. X is Artist’s Dream.” The Courier-Journal. July 15, 2008.
Jones, Michael. “Being One’s Own Boss 24/7/365 Proposition.” The Courier-Journal. March 16, 2007.
Thresholds. disClosure: a journal of social theory. “ Reproduction, Stress and the Death Drive: Go With the Flow.” No. 15. 2006.
Williams, Arthur. The Sculpture Reference. “Contemporary Techniques, Terms, Tools, Materials, and Sculpture.” Gulfport: Sculpture Books Publishing, 2005.
“Churches, Banks and Bars: Louisville’s Cultural Quarterly.” Vol. 3. 2004.
Dorman, Brenda. “Rare Trees, Plants and Garden Sculpture are No Secret at Hidden Hill.” Community Editor. The Evening News. April 12, 2002.
Drozt. Amy. “What’s Next: Twenty Something Artists Shake Up the Scene with Water Tower Show.” The Courier-Journal. June 17, 2001.
Heilenman, Diane. “High Art to Whimsy.” Art Critic. The Courier-Journal. July 14, 2001.
Carla, Sue. “Hidden Hill.” Social Columnist. The Voice-Tribune. Vol. 15. 2001.
Biography : Matthew Weir
I was born in Louisville, Kentucky in February of 1980. Throughout the majority of my childhood and young adult years I could be found exploring the woods of my neighborhood and the forests and parks of Kentucky. This experience educated me not only in terms of dealing with environments but especially in understanding the systems and materials of the earth. Now, as a naturalist in thought and a sculptor at work, the systems and materials of natural selection’s evolving world are my portfolio and tools.
After years of working both professionally and academically, in 2004 I graduated Cum Laude from the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. I also received minors in Art History and the Humanities. Throughout this period, I have benefited from a great deal of experience by means of employment and apprenticeship. These creative work environments are Kaviar Forge, a sculptural blacksmithing forge and studio, the materially diverse studio of the late sculptor, Paul Fields, and the fine art sculpture foundry, The Bright Foundry. I have exhibited my sculptures and artworks in numerous exhibitions including The Evansville Museum of Art, History, and Science, the Louisville Visual Art Association Water Tower, The New Center of Contemporary Art, Actor’s theater, Bernheim Research Forest and Arboretum, The Kentucky Folk Art Museum, and many more. My work exists in the collections of the City Of Louisville, Hidden Hill Sculpture Garden and Arboretum, Jewish Hospital, as well as numerous private collections. In the field of arts education, I have taught a diversity of sculptural mediums to all age groups and annually instruct wood and stone carving at Bernheim Arboretum. Select publishing include Arthur Williams’s encyclopedic book, The Sculpture Reference, “Contemporary Techniques, Terms, Tools, Materials, and Sculpture,” and disClosure: a journal of social theory, “Thresholds,” No. 15. My studio is located in the historic Germantown region of Louisville.