Holy Family University is pleased to announce the newest Art Gallery exhibit: Procession by Matthew Stemler. The exhibit will run from December 2, 2014 until January 6, 2015. An artist reception will be held on December 9, 2014 from 6-8 pm.
Matthew Stemler resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has a BFA from Temple University, Tyler School of Art, with a Sculpture Major, and an Associate's Degree in Commercial Art, from Antonelli Institute of Art. Matthew is currently the Fine Arts Department Coordinator and high school art teacher at Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy. He is also on the ACSI Fine Arts Festival Visual Arts Team where he oversees the adjudication process and category revision.
Matt's art often joins kinetic maneuverability with an interest in forms derived from nature's processes like shifting, sorting, and balancing. It stems from earlier experiences with a family run machine shop and farm life. Installations designed by Matt use engineered structures and delicate effects to create contemplative spaces. Many sculptural objects are accented with mechanical components evocative of a farmer's inclination to tinker, adjust, and invent. His drawings investigate non-representational mark-making through dense layers of diverse textures and forms. They are often made in charcoal or colorful combinations of watercolor with chalk pastel. Narrative elements in the drawings link to notions of labor and endurance.
Exhibitions of his work include the James A. Michener Art Museum, The Myrtle Gallery, and Art in City Hall. Matthew's installations have been exhibited at the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum and the LGTripp Gallery. His work can also be viewed at matthewstemler.com.