About Matt Nolen
As a painter, storyteller and architect, ceramics provides the means by which I can marry my loves: the painted surface, the three dimensional form and narrative content. Ceramics gives me the language to communicate my stories to a world audience.
In 1998 I was commissioned to hand render a functioning men’s restroom at the Kohler plumbing factory. The result is a narrative environment that uses the charged nature of private rituals occurring in public spaces to chart a social history of man and architecture. I am currently pursuing projects that allow me to create architectural installations and sculptures that explore the role of ceramics in the public realm.
- Schwartz, Judith, Confrontational Clay, A&C Black, London, 2007.
- Ostermann, Mattias, The Ceramic Narrative, A&C Black, London, 2006.
- Mattieu, Paul. Sexpots, Rutgers University, 2003.
- “Architectural Ornamentation”, Ceramics Monthly, pp. 48-49, February 2003.
- Scott, Paul. Painted Clay, Thames and Hudson, 2002.
- Del Vecchio, Mark. Postmodern Ceramics, Thames and Hudson, 2002.
- Ferrin, Leslie. Teapots Transformed, Guild Publishing, 2001.
- Nolen, Matt. “Artist as Citizen” The Studio Potter, Vol. 27, No. 2, June 1999.
- Lovelace, Joyce. ”Rest Rooms” American Craft, August/September 1999.
- Folk, Dr. Thomas. "Matt Nolen's Crusade for Healing" Ceramics: Art and Perception, No. 21. 1995.
- Dormer, Peter. The New Ceramics. 2nd edition. London: Thames & Hudson, 1994.
- “Matt Nolen” American Ceramics. 10, No. 1(Spring 1992), p.50
- 2007 Spence Gallery, New York, NY.
- 2006 James Patrick Gallery, Wiscasset, ME.
- 2001 Hopkins Hall Gallery, The Ohio State University, OH.
- 1998 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY.
- 1996 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY.
- 1994 Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
- 1994 Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY.
- 1985 The Gadsden Museum of Art, AL.
- New York Foundation for the Arts, Artists’ Fellowship. (1995)
- Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation/NEA Regional Fellowship (1995)
- NCECA Emerging Talent (1992)
- Cintas Corp./Good Morning America “Best Restroom In America” design award (2004)
- The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX.
- The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ.
- The Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI.
- The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY.
- The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York, NY.
- The Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL.
- John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI.
- The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
- France Telcom, New York, NY.
Full curriculum vitae available upon request. Email Matt Nolen.