1978         Born in Chicago

                 Lives and works in Chicago




2009        Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine

2009        MFA, University of Chicago

2004        BFA, University of North Texas


Selected Solo Exhibitions


2013        Matthew Metzger: Waver, Kavi Gupta, Chicago

                The Other, Arratia Beer, Berlin

2012        Be-Longing, Arratia Beer, Art Statements: Art | 43 | Basel, Switzerland

                Backdrop, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago

2011         Locus, Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, New York

                Three Specific Works, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago

                Nocturne, Museum of Contemporary Art, UBS 12 x 12, Chicago

                Double Back, Arratia Beer, Berlin

2010        The Interrogative Remainder, DOVA Temp Gallery, Chicago

2009       No Sudden Moves, DOVA Temp Gallery, Chicago


Selected Group Exhibitions


2015        The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago

2011         Color: Fully Engaged, A & D Gallery, Chicago

                Mirage, Fountains, Dissociative Composition, Catherine Bastide Gallery, Brussels

                The Erasers, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN

                Nightfall, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN

2010        Ground Floor, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago

                Angels, Kunz-Vis-Gonzales, Chicago

                Stay In Your Lane, Swimmimg Pool Projects, Chicago

                Fuzzy Logic, Thompson Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago

2009       Group Show for Daniel Pink, Vega Estates, Chicago

                Our Literal Speed, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago

                Graduate Art Survey, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2008       Make Me an Offer, Gallery 350, Chicago

                On Paper, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago


Selected Bibliography


2015        A brief and provisional rumination on a Black Form, Essay

2012        SHIFTER, An ongoing topical publication by Matthew Metzger & Sreshta Rit Premnath, currently in its 18th issue, self-published as both a print version and

                online at

                Artforum, May Critics Pick for Backdrop

                New American Painting, May review of Backdrop

                Make-Space Chicago-Interview

2011         Color: Fully Engaged Catalougue College Chicago Press, A & D Gallery, September, pgs. 34-35

                Artforum: January 2011Critics Pick for Three Specific Works

                Modern Painters: Artist Profile

                Chicago Magazine: May 2011 issue, Artist Profile 

                CY Magazine, Artist Online Interview

                “Re___ing” SHIFTER issue 17 - Co-editor with Sreshta Rit Premnath, printed in the Spring 2011 issue of Rethinking Marxism, published by Routledge Press

2010        Educating Intuition-An essay in collaboration with Maggie Taft ( Printed in Jacqueline Burckhardt and Tirdad Zolghadr’s Internal Necessity: a reader tracing the

                inner logics of the contemporary art field, published by Sternberg Press, 2010) 

                Newcity Chicago: Artist Interview, April publication

                The Gap- An essay for the exhibition Abnormal Formal at KVG Gallery, Chicago




2011        Ghost, “Threshold” Series of new works commissioned by The SMART Museum of Art, Chicago, on view from October 2011 - September 2012




2009-2010    Teaching Fellowship: University of Chicago

2007-2009    Academic Fellowship: University of Chicago