Columbia artist Matt Ballou to exhibit at WWU

Artist Matt Ballou’s paintings and drawings will be featured
in William Woods University’s Mildred M. Cox Gallery Nov. 16 through Dec. 16.
The opening reception will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 30.

Ballou is an artist and writer living in Columbia with his
wife and daughter. He is an assistant teaching professor at the University of
Missouri, where he has taught for the past five years. He was a finalist for
the 2011 Ruminate Visual Art Prize and he earned the Outstanding Graduate
Faculty Award from the University of Missouri Graduate Student Association in
2012.
 
He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and
drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001 and his Master of
Fine Arts degree in painting from Indiana University in 2005.
 
His artwork has been featured in two solo exhibits in Boston
and Seattle, along with a two-person show with Tim Lowly in Louisville, Ky. This
summer his work was exhibited in a prestigious show juried by famed author and
critic, Dore Aston, at First Street Gallery in New York City.
 
Over the next year Ballou’s work will be showcased in many
exhibitions, including ones at the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri and the
Evanston Art Center near Chicago. His mezzotint work can be seen in the Both
Sides of the Brain, an exhibition that will travel to many venues between 2012
and 2014.
 
 “I create paintings
and drawings in an attempt to address—through archetypal themes and symbols—the
fundamental questions, ideas, hopes, and concerns I have about being in the
world,” Ballou said.
 
“I write texts in an attempt to integrate rational
conceptions with my passionate, sometimes illogical, visual expressions. In
tandem, these avenues form a multifaceted array of investigation and inquiry
that I use every day to, hopefully, understand and make sensible the miraculous
reality of being.”
 
The Mildred M. Cox Gallery is open 9 a.m.-6.p.m. Monday
through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and open to
the public. For more information, call (573) 592-4245.

CUTLINES:

  • Self-portrait with strata of shells
  • Figment (colored pencil on paper)
  • Portrait of my Father