Chair and Directors
Matthew Groves, M.A.
Title/s: Director of Fine Arts
Office #: Mundelein 918A; Ralph Arnold Annex 207
External Webpage: http://www.matthewgrovesceramics.com/
Matthew Groves is the Director of Fine Arts in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, where he teaches Sculpture & Ceramics.
Groves maintains an active studio practice, participating annually in national and regional competitions at institutions with a record of presenting artists of international status, including the Chicago Cultural Center (IL), the Sun Valley Center for the Arts (ID), the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (MI), and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (TX). Groves exhibition record includes regular regional solo exhibitions, such as Universal Statuary, seen at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2013, for which he has received critical acclaim.
Groves has 25 years experience teaching part-time, in England, Italy and the United States, employed by many educational institutions including; Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy; Reading College of Art and Design, U.K.; Bath School of Art and Design, Bath, Avon, U.K; Staffordshire University, U.K.; University of Wolverhampton, U.K.; University of the Arts, London, Camberwell College of Art, U.K.; Columbia College Chicago; Ox-Bow School of Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received the Faculty of the Year Award in 2005.
Concurrent with his teaching and studio practice, Groves worked professionally as a model/mold maker for the fine and applied arts industry and as production specialist in the museum industry. From 1998 to 2000, Groves worked at the Field Museum Chicago, as part of the team who prepared, recorded and reconstructed the fossil remains of "Sue", the world's largest, most complete T-Rex specimen for scientific research and display purposes.
M. A., Royal College of Art
B. A., Staffordshire University
Professional & Community Affiliations
• National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)
• Potters Council (a nonprofit subsidiary of The American Ceramic Society)
• College Art Association (CAA)