Matthew Isaacson was born in Traverse City, Michigan and grew up working on a large-scale industrial fruit-manufacturing farm, a background that continues to inform and inspire his work. His current sculptural work focuses on complex installations of high-relief-cast-ceramic-tile forms, which often reference architectural elements or ancient ziggurats that are fused with colored, geometric patterns. Matthew received his BFA in Painting alongside a Minor in Music from Western Michigan University in 2004. He then received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007; he was awarded the Graduate Thesis Dissertation Scholarship. Matthew moved to Austin, Texas in the fall of 2019 after accepting the position of Associate Professor of Art in Ceramics. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in exhibitions that include solo exhibitions at the Duane Reed Gallery and the Luminary Center for the Arts, and a group show at SPACE Gallery in Pittsburgh; he also participated in the Xin Jiang International Sculpture Exhibition in China. Matthew’s past artist’s residencies have been hosted by the Luminary Center of Arts, the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist’s Residencies, and Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts. He has attended the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Pilchuck Glass School.

Courses Taught
ARTS 2346 Ceramics I
ARTS 2347 Ceramics II