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, and 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 important projects with institutions including Philagrafika, the Wharton Esherick Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. His work is included in many public and private collections including the Rare Books Library at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Selected Exhibitions  

2017    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, Long Island City, NYC

            Untitled, , Icebox Gallery, 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, NYC

            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, NYC

             Drawing Center Annual Auction, New York, NYC

             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, NYC

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

2013    Page 179, Artforum, September 2013. Brennan and Griffin Gallery, New York, NYC

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

            Half-Life, Brooklyn NYC, curated by Andrew Prayzner

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

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

            Comic Sans, Writers House UPenn, 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, Chester Springs Studio, curated by the Wharton Esherick Museum

 2011    Refugee Reading Room, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA      

2010    Editions Artist’s book fair, with The Print Center, 548 west 28th Street, Chelsea NY

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

             Copy Jam: Colombia College Center for the book, Chicago, IL

             Sweet Spot, (Philagrafika 2010) Center for Emerging Artists gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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

            Design Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

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

            Meet Your Printmaker, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, DC

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

2008   Sugar Craft, Kasia Kay Gallery, Chicago, IL

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

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

            Natural Selection, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore Maryland

            Beyond Kiosk Ramp Project, Curated by Christoph Keller, ICA, Philadelphia, PA

2007   28 Degrees, Icebox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

            Naked Paper, Tower Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

            Mixed Media, Mixed Company:  Common Press, Rare Books Library, UPenn

            Sugar Buzz, Curated by Susan Hoeltzel, Lehman College, Bronx, NY


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” August 3, 2014

Newhall, Edith “Reflecting on reflections” Philadelphia Inquirer May 4, 2014

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

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

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

Printeresting: Fresh Impressions at Projects Gallery, Amze Emmons, October 22, 2012

Printeresting: Fall Triple Threat 1-Pulling From History: Letterpress, Amze Emmons, Nov 14, 2010

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

ARGW Magazine- “Matt Neff at the Common Press” By Lauren Rosenbloom

Print Magazine Annual Design Issue: November 2008

Art and Craft Magazine, September/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 23, 2008

Newhall, Edith "Lightness, Air, Sense of Floating." Philadelphia Inquirer. August 3, 2007

Fallon, Roberta "Naked Paper at Tower Gallery." Philadelphia Artblog. July 25, 2007


2016      Mancos Common Press A.I.R., Mancos, CO (6/1-6/28 2016)

2015      Neighborhood Time Exchange, Philadelphia, PA(4/2015-6/2015)

2014      Second SITE, Print Center, Philadelphia, PA (4/2014-6/2014)

2014      Open Sessions, Drawing Center, New York, NYC (3/2014-3/2016)

2014      RAIR Philadelphia, PA (8/2014- 2/2015)

2013      Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York (7/10 – 8/27)

2009     Lugar a Dudas, Artist Residency, Cali, Columbia (8/16 – 8/30)

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, Color in American Fine and Private Press Books, 1890-2015

            Panelist, Y(ours) book launch and panel discussion, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

            Artist Talk, Prints and Publications, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2015    Visiting Critic, MICA Printmaking, Baltimore, MD

            Celebrating histories and innovation through preservation and education, Mancos, CO

            ICA  Working Group- Artist talk and workshop, Philadelphia, PA

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

             Print/Think: Tyler Printmaking Conference on new print technologies artist lecture.

            “The Philadelphia Negro Reconsidered- A Discussion”, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

            Gallery Talk "Second Sight", The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2010    Panelist, Philagrafika Print Festival, Philadelphia Museum of Art

            “Down and Dirty: DIY Screenprinting” Southern Graphics Conference 2010 Demonstration

2009   Gallery Talk, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

             "Publications and Contemporary Letterpress Techniques” Lugar a Dudas, Cali, Columbia

2008    “Swipe File” Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

             “Process and Imagery” Arthur Ross Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

             “Eidophusicon” Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania

2006    “7-Up on Ben” Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvani


Yale Library

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rare Books Library, University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Free Library Print and Picture collection

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 Books Library UPenn

Crusade, with Ken Lum, risograph prints

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

I heart melancholy, Jeremy Deller and ICA Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Negro ,with Terry Adkins, silkscreen, letterpress

New York Times series, with Julie Schneider

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 ICA Philadelphia: Megawords Zine workshop

Jacob Lawrence series, with James Hyde

Soil Kitchen Poster, with Future Farmers design collective

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

Binding, Bound, Restricted, with Carolee Campbell

Swoon, ICA Philadelphia