Matthew Groves, M.A.
Title/s: Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Office #: Ralph Arnold Annex 207
Mr. Matthew Groves is an Assistant Professor of Fine Art in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, where he teaches all levels of undergraduate Ceramics.
Since graduating from the Royal College of Art with a Master's Degree in Ceramics and Glass, Mr. Groves has made it his vocation to be a teacher, maker of ceramics, and a professional fine art and design technician in colleges, universities, studios, workshops and museums.
Mr. Groves has 20 years teaching experience at the undergraduate level in England, Italy and the United States. Most recently, he was employed as Adjunct Faculty in the Art and Design Department at Columbia College Chicago, as part-time faculty at Ox-Bow School of Art, and as a part-time instructor and full-time Manager of the Ceramics Production Facility at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mr. Groves received the Faculty of the Year Award at the School of the Art Institute in 2005.
Concurrent with his teaching practice, Mr. Groves has worked professionally as a freelance model/mold maker for the fine and applied arts industry and as production specialist in the museum industry. From 1998 to 2000, he worked as part of the team at the Field Museum Chicago, who prepared, recorded and reconstructed the fossil remains of "Sue", for scientific research and display purposes. "Sue" is the world's largest, most complete T-Rex specimen.
Additionally, Mr. Groves is a practicing studio artist: no medium gives him more bodily and emotional joy to work with than ceramics. It is not just a physical attraction; ceramics deeply embodies ideas of dualism and metamorphosis, the major thematic concepts behind his work. Mr. Groves' ceramics were most recently on solo exhibition at the Collins Art Gallery, GRCC Grand Rapids, Michigan in the Spring of 2009.
M. A., Royal College of Art
B. A., Staffordshire University
Professional & Community Affiliations
Member of CAA and NCECA