Matthew Grimes

Matthew Grimes (b. 1976, Virginia, USA) earned a BFA from James Madison University. While an undergraduate, he earned multiple awards and received annually the Marion Park Lewis Foundation Grant. Upon graduation, Matthew apprenticed with Kevin Crowe, of Tye River Pottery, in Amherst County, Va.  After moving to Washington, DC, he began teaching as adjunct faculty with the Corcoran College of Art + Design, while also working as the ceramics studio technician. During this time, he also taught ceramics for three years with The Art League (The Torpedo Factory), in Alexandria, Va.

In 2010-11, he lived and worked in Bizen, Japan, with current Japanese National Treasure Isezaki Jun, as a short term apprentice investigating the centuries old methods and techniques of Bizen studio ceramics. After returning to Washington, DC, he later moved to Santiago, Chile, where he began an additional studio and the seed development to his current mixed media collage. 

Matthew's work, both ceramics and mixed media collage, has been shown in numerous national group exhibitions while also exhibiting solo both nationally and internationally; including most recently Northern Reflections, with Galeria VALA, in Santiago, Chile. His work is held in private collections in both the USA and Chile. 

Matthew currently maintains a studio in Arlington, Va.

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