An artist, printer, and educator living in Philadelphia, Matt Neff is the Director of Undergraduate Programs in Fine Arts and the Common Press at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Art History from Indiana University. His work is concerned with historical and current negotiations of power and privilege. Neff has worked on a number of projects with institutions including the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), The Drawing Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Wharton Esherick Museum. His work is included in public and private collections including the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Selected Exhibitions  

2017    Fold: Ten Conversations, C.R. Ettinger Studio, Philadelphia, PA

            Organize Your Own, Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

            Organize Your Own, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

             Filthy Rich, The Galleries at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2016    Darkwater Revisited, Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

            They, Savory Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

            Fanmail, New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, New York, NY

            Unlisted, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

            Common Press at 10, Kamin Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA   

            Organize Your Own, Kelly Writers House, Philadelphia, PA,

            Organize Your Own, Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery, Chicago, IL

            Glyph, C.R. Ettinger Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015    Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

            OS2, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX 

            Neighborhood Time Exchange, Philadelphia, PA

            Print Center 100 Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

            RAIR Exhibition and Auction, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

2014    OS2, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

             Drawing Center Annual Auction, New York, NY

             Roth, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Curated by Sid Sachs, Philadelphia, PA

             Open Sessions, The Great Poor Farm Experiment, Manawa, WI

             House of the Future, Gizmodo, New York, NY

             Matt Neff, Second Sight, (Solo Exhibition), The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2013    Page 179, Artforum, Brennan and Griffin Gallery, New York, NY

            There is still time, Gallery MC, New York, NY

            Half-Life, curated by Andrew Prayzner, New York, NY

            Broad Spectrum, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE

            In Front of Strangers, I Sing, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

            Comic Sans, Kelly Writers House, Philadelphia, PA

            Chymia, Book launch and exhibition, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2012    Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, Silver Spring, MD

            Letterpress: Something to say, St. Bride Foundation, London, England

            Fresh Impressions, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

            Poplar Culture, curated by Wharton Esherick Museum, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA

 2011    Refugee Reading Room, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA      

2010    Editions / Artist’s Book Fair, with The Print Center, New York, NY

             Pulling from History: Letterpress, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

             Copy Jam, Center for the Book and Paper Arts, Colombia College, Chicago, IL

             Sweet Spot (Philagrafika), The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

2009   Works on paper, curated by Joao Ribas, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA 

            Design Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

            New Artists, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Philadelphia, PA

            Meet Your Printmaker, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, D.C.

            AIGA Awards Exhibition, Always by Design Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008   Sugar Craft, Kasia Kay Gallery, Chicago, IL

             Emerging to Established: 25 Years of the CFEVA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

             In Praise of Apathy, Bebe R. Benoliel Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

            Natural Selection, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

            Beyond Kiosk Ramp Project, curated by Christoph Keller, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

2007   28 Degrees, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

            Naked Paper, Tower Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

            Mixed Media, Mixed Company: Common Press, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

            Sugar Buzz, curated by Susan Hoeltzel, Lehman College, New York, NY

Bibliography

Telhan, Orkan. Language of Design, Eventual Project, pp 167-168

Tucker, Daniel ed. Organize Your Own, pp 147

Y(OURS), artist book, published by Lindsay Buchman and the Common Press

Justin Langlois and Gabriel Salomon, Intersections of Art and Community in West Philadelphia, pp 46-47

Emmons, Amze. Matt Neff: Second Sight, Printresting, August 2014

Newhall, Edith. Reflecting on reflections, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 2014

Stone, Madeline. Business Insider: Gizmodo built ‘Home of the future’ –And It looks Really Cool, May 2014

Gizmodo: This Flickering Screen Is Powered by Plant Eating Bacteria, by Adam Clark Estes, May 2014

Gizmodo: Inside the Common Press, by Mike Hession, June 2013

Emmons, Amze. Printeresting: Fresh Impressions at Projects Gallery, October 2012

Emmons, Amze. Printeresting: Fall Triple Threat 1-Pulling from History, November 2010

The Graphic Unconscious, Philagrafika 2010 exhibition monograph (cover image). ISBN: 0-9843744-1-8

Rosenbloom, Lauren. Matt Neff at the Common Press, ARGW Magazine

Print Magazine, Annual Design Issue, November 2008

Art and Craft Magazine, October 2008

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, online interview, August 2008

Print Magazine, Annual Design Issue, November 2007

Rosof, Libby. Live & Local at the PMA, Philadelphia Artblog, April 2008

Newhall, Edith. Lightness, Air, Sense of Floating, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 2007

Fallon, Roberta. Naked Paper at Tower Gallery, Philadelphia Artblog, July 2007

Residencies

2016      Mancos Common Press A.I.R., Mancos, CO 

2015      Neighborhood Time Exchange, Philadelphia, PA 

2014      Second SITE, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA 

2014      Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, New York, NY 

2014      RAIR, Philadelphia, PA 

2013      Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY

2009     Lugar a Dudas, Artist Residency, Cali, Columbia

Academic Appointments

2016-Present      Director of the Undergraduate Program in Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2005-Present      Full-time lecturer, Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2005-Present      Print Shop Manager, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2005-Present      Director of the Common Press, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2005-Present      Penn Summer Art Studios, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Lectures and Presentations

2016   Panelist, Across the Spectrum: Color in American Fine & Private Press Books, Kislack Center, Philadelphia, PA

            Panelist, Y(OURS) book launch & panel discussion, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

            Artist Talk, Prints & Publications: Intro to Independent Publishing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2015   Visiting Critic, MICA Printmaking, Baltimore, MD

            Visiting Artist, Mancos Common Press, Mancos, CO

            Artist Talk & Workshop, ICA Working Group, Philadelphia, PA

2014   Artist Lecture, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

            Artist Lecture, Print/Think, Tyler Printmaking Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

            Panelist, The Philadelphia Negro Reconsidered: A Discussion, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

            Artist Talk, Second Sight, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2010   Panelist, Philagrafika 2010, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

            Workshop, Down and Dirty: DIY Screenprinting, Southern Graphics Conference, Philadelphia, PA

2009   Artist Talk, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

             Artist Talk & Workshop, Publications and Contemporary Letterpress Techniques, Lugar a Dudas, Cali, Columbia

2008    Artist Lecture, Swipe File, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

             Artist Lecture, Process and Imagery, Arthur Ross Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

             Artist Lecture, Eidophusicon, Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2006    Artist Lecture, 7-Up on Ben, Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Collections

Yale University Library

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania

Print and Picture Collection, Philadelphia Free Library

Private Collections

Master Printing/Print Collaborations

Seine, Chapbook by Kenny Goldsmith for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Civil War Ephemera, letterpress poster for the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania

Crusade with Ken Lum, risograph prints

G.W. Carver Progressive Nature Studies Folio with Terry Adkins, digital prints

I heart melancholy, Jeremy Deller and the Institute of Contemporary Art

The Philadelphia Negro with Terry Adkins, silkscreen & letterpress

Suite of Etchings with Jenny Perlin, etching

Louis Kahn drawings with The University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives

Song of the Broad Axe with the Wharton Esherick Museum, letterpress

The Rules of Graphic Design with David Carson

Megawords and Institute of Contemporary Art: Megawords Zine workshop

Jacob Lawrence series with James Hyde

Soil Kitchen Poster with Futurefarmers design studio

Ante la imagen, Philagrafika signature print with Oscar Munoz, etching on mirror

Wharton Esherick: A Portfolio of Prints with The Wharton Esherick Museum

Swipe File with Charles Burns, letterpress