Matthew Bourbon is a painter, art critic, and a Professor of Art at the College of Visual Arts and Design. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Bourbon earned separate undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Art History from the University of California, Davis, Davis, Calif.
Relocating to New York City, he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts. Since then, his art has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent shows include: Wider West at the Oil Tank Culture Park in Seoul, South Korea, C’est de la Peinture! at Bankley Studios and Gallery, Manchester, England, Time, Space, and Process at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minn., and Waiting For Now at the Old Jail Art Center Museum in Albany, Texas.
His work also was shown in conjunction with The Artist's Eye lecture series at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Bourbon has won numerous awards for his work, including the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant by the Dallas Museum of Art to conduct research in Japan. He also has been selected twice to be included in the Texas Biennial and on numerous occasions been selected for the publication New American Paintings.
Bourbon was named an Institute for the Advancement of the Arts Faculty Fellow 2015/16, and he received the Creative Impact Award from UNT, Fall 2017. Bourbon is an active art critic, contributing to ArtForum, Flash Art, ArtNews, New York Arts Magazine, and Glasstire Online Arts Journal. He also served for several years as the regional editor for the much-loved journal Art Lies. Recent reviews penned for ArtForum include The Nature of Arp at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Jay DeFeo at Galerie Frank Elbaz Dallas, and Stanley Whitney at The Modern Art Museum Fort Worth.