Matt Weir North American b.1980
2000 University of Kentucky, Sculpture.
2001-2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. Minor degrees in Art History and Humanities. University of Louisville Hite Art Institute. Cum Laude.
2017 Kentuckiana Sculptors Guild at Hidden Hill Nursery. Utica, IN.
2015 Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, ‘Larry and Ladonna was here.’ Louisville, KY.
2014 Revelry Gallery. “The New Synthesis.” Louisville, KY.
2013 21c Museum Hotel, “Hybridity: The New Frontier.” Bentonville, AR.
Arts Council of Southern Indiana “The Barney Bright Legacy – Past, Present and Future.” New Albany, IN.
2012 University of Louisville Hite Art Institute ‘Making It: Now,’ Louisville,KY.
2011 Actor’s Theater of Louisville Solo Exhibition ‘Anthropocene’ya…ass.’ Louisville, KY.
Louisville Visual Arts Association Water Tower Regional Juried Exhibition. Water Tower Art Museum. Louisville, KY.
2010 The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. “Nature and Nurture.” Indiana University Bloomington, IN. Art 227: Louisville Contemporary Art Lounge “Local Portraits.” Louisville, KY.
2010 Louisville Visual Arts Association Water Tower Regional Juried Exhibition (LVAA). Water Tower Art Museum. Louisville, KY.
2009 Yew Dell Gardens Sculpture Invitational. Crestwood, KY.
Matthew Weir and Ezra Kellerman: New Works and Studies. Architype Gallery. Louisville, KY.
2008 Yew Dell Gardens Sculpture Invitational. Crestwood, KY.
Plexus Contemporary. Louisville, KY.
2007 Generation Next, Lexington Art League. Lexington, KY.
Sticks and Stones, Kentucky Folk Art Center. Morehead, KY.
2006 A Southern Presence, Lexington Art League. Lexington, KY.
Heavy Metal, Friedman Images Gallery. Louisville, KY.
2005 Bernheim Arboretum. Clermont, KY. The New Center for Contemporary Art. mmm…yes please. Louisville, KY.
2004 Evansville Museum of Art, History, and Science 52nd Annual Mid-states Juried Exhibition. Evansville, IN.
A.R.T.: A Real Thing. Actors Theater of Louisville. Louisville, KY.
Arts on Main Juried Art Show, Community Theater. Shelbyville, KY.
Artists of Swanson Reed Contemporary at Actors Theater of Louisville. Louisville, KY. University of Louisville, BFA Thesis Exhibition. Louisville, KY.
2003 Arts on Main Juried Art Show, Community Theater. Shelbyville, KY.
Sellersburg Stone Co., Inc. Open House. Sellersburg, IN.
Beauty and the Beast, Kentucky Theater. Louisville, KY.
Group Exhibition, 953 Gallery. Louisville, KY.
Winter Studio Show, The End and John-Martin Rutherford. Louisville, KY.
Vitalizing Space: Exhibition and Installation. Theirman Building. Louisville, KY.
Art Under the Influence, Artswatch. Louisville, KY.
2002 Lion’s Den First Annual Open Studio Exhibition at St. James Art Fair. Louisville, KY.
Louisville Visual Arts Association Water Tower Regional Juried Exhibition
(LVAA). Water Tower Art Museum. Louisville, KY.
The Hangar Show, Bowman Field: Cardinal Wings Hangar. Louisville, KY.
2001 Group Exhibition, 953 Gallery. Louisville, KY.
The Indianapolis Murphy Arts Center Exhibition with The Artists of the Bright Foundry. Indianapolis, IN.
Autumnumbra Sculpture Invitational, The Museum. Louisville, KY.
Grand Opening Exhibition, Hidden Hill Outdoor Sculpture Gallery Whimsy. Utica, IN.
Louisville Visual Arts Association Water Tower Regional Juried Exhibition, (LVAA). Water Tower Art Museum. Louisville, KY.
2000 Group Exhibition, 953 Gallery. Louisville, KY.
2019 Maker’s Mark Distillery Campus Sculpture. In. Limestone, Copper, Stainless Steel. Loretto, KY. Louisville Ballet Set Design for Choreographer Tim Harbour. Louisville, KY. 2018 Louisville Ballet Set Design for Choreographer Tim Harbour. Louisville, KY. Will Oldham Sculpture. Oldham County, Kentucky. Bronze, In. Limestone. J.D. Nichols life size bronze statue with desk. Louisville, KY.
2014 St. Xavier HS, Life size bronze statue of founder Theodore J. Ryken. Louisville, KY.
2013 “Earth Measure” Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Clermont, KY. Earthwork sculpture for Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in honor of Barry Bingham, Jr. “Earth Measure.”
St. Xavier High School, Life-size bronze statue of founder Theodore J. Ryken. Louisville, KY
2010 Vandalia, Ohio, “Chiseled” public stone carving commission of “At Play in Geologic Time.” Vandalia, Ohio.
Wright Family gravesite bald eagle sculpture, Calvary Cemetery. Louisville, KY.
2009 Louisville Downtown Management District sculpture “Presence.” Louisville, KY.
2008 St. Xavier High School monumental bronze tiger on carved Indiana Limestone base.
2006 Jewish Hospital hallway sculpture. Juried by Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Bullitt Co, KY. “The Tree of Life as Described by Narcissus or The Wind.”
Awards / Scholarships
2017 Great Meadows Foundation: Professional Development Grant .
2010/2011 The Norman Kohlhepp Merit Award. Louisville Visual Arts Association Water Tower Regional Juried Exhibition. Louisville, KY.
2007 Kentucky Arts Council: Individual Artist Professional Development Grant.
2001- 2003 University of Louisville: Allen R. Hite Arts Institute, Fine Arts Scholarship.
2001 Barney Bright Memorial Award for Sculpture. Louisville Visual Arts Association Water Tower Regional Juried Exhibition. Louisville, KY.
2019 Breaking the Bronze Ceiling Juror. Lexington, KY. 2016-2019 St. James Court Art Show Juror. Louisville, KY.
2011 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY. Curator with Bruce Linn, Mike Ratterman and Joey Yates.
2019 Falls Art Foundry co-owner. Louisville, KY. 2001 – 2012 Bright Foundry (Fine Art Bronze casting). Sculptor / technician. Louisville, KY.
2004 – 2006 Prototype sculptor for Ideas Etc Inc. Louisville, KY
2000 – 2002 Paul Fields, Sculptor. Studio assistant / sculptor. Louisville, KY.
2000 – 2001 Kaviar Forge: Craig Kaviar Blacksmith and Ironworks Studio. Technical draftsperson and employee / assistant. Louisville, KY.
Symposiums / Workshops
2010 Vandalia “Chiseled” Two week 12,000 lb stone carving symposium. Vandalia, Ohio.
2002 Participant at Sixth Annual Indiana Limestone Sculpture Symposium. Sponsored by Bloomington Area Arts Council and Bybee Stone Company. Ellettsville, IN.
2011 The Frederic Lindley Morgan Chair of Architectural Design at the University of Louisville and the Allen R. Hite Art Institute Visiting Artist Teaching Assistant with Ed Hamilton. Public Art: On the Practice and Principles. Studio/lecture course.
2007 KY Museum of Art and Craft: Blackacre Nature Preserve. Still life drawing and mixed media arts. Louisville, KY.
Bernheim Arboretum, “Stone Carving,” instructor. Clermont, KY.
2006 Mellwood Arts Center, “Stone Carving,” instructor. Louisville, KY
2005 Bernheim Arboretum, “Sculpture in Wood,” wood carving instructor. Clermont, KY.
2004 -2003 Seneca High School Annual Renaissance Fair stone carving instructor. Louisville, KY.
1999- 2001 Drawing fundamentals and clay modeling studio classes for Future Minds: Child Enrichment Program. Louisville, KY.
John Martin Rutherford, Louisville, KY
Julien Robson, Austria
Augusta Brown Holland and Gill Holland, Louisville, KY
Walter Shannon and Cathy Smith-Shannon, Louisville, KY
St. Xavier High School, Louisville, KY
City of Louisville, KY
City of Vandalia, Ohio
Shapin-Nicolas, Louisville, KY
Hill and Hidden Hill Sculpture Garden, Utica, IN
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY
Jewish Hospital, Bullitt Co, KY
Miller-Hendricks, Louisville, KY
Daimler Chrysler, Portland, OR
Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, KY
“Will Oldham Statue Erected in Oldham County, Kentucky—Kinda” By Sam Sodomsky, Pitchfork. August 16 2018.
“Why Oldham County Has A Statue That Looks Like Bonnie Prince Billy”. By Ashlie Stevens. 89.3 WFPL. August 16 2018.
Kramer, Elizabeth. “Artists Plan to Uphold Bright Foundry Legacy.” Courier Journal, January 12 2016.
Weaver, Bridgett. “Local Artists Have Big Plans for New Foundry.” Business First Louisville. December, 30 2016.
Louisville Visual Art: Public. “Matt Weir.” 97.1 WXOX-Fm / Artxfm.com. October 13, 2016.
“Louisville Life, episode #804”. Kentucky Education Television (KET). Louisville, KY. October 26 2013. Television.
Kramer, Elizabeth. “New Sculpture at Bernheim — ‘Earth Measure’ — Honors Journalist Barry Bingham Jr.” www.blogs.Courier-journal.com. October 21, 2013.
“Barry Bingham Jr. Honored today by Family, Friends.” www.whas11.com Louisville, KY. October, 17 2013. Television.
Chipman, Melissa. “Legendary media mogul Barry Bingham, Jr. to be honored with statue at Bernheim Arboretum.” www.Insiderlouisville.com. Oct. 15 2013.
Bruggers, James. “Bernheim Forest sculpture honors Barry Bingham, Jr.” www.blogs.Courier-journal.com. October 11, 2013. Kramer, Elizabeth. Passions In Stone: Massive sculpture at Bernheim will honor late newspaperman Barry Bingham Jr. The Courier Journal. May 19, 2013.
Artist Class, The Artists: 13 You Need to Know Now. Louisville Magazine. October, 2013.
Kramer, Elizabeth. “Passions In Stone: Massive sculpture at Bernheim will honor late newspaperman Barry Bingham Jr.” The Courier-Journal. May 19, 2013
Hettich, Lane. ‘Meet Your Maker: Matt Weir.’ The Paper. November 12. Volume 2, Issue 4.
Gifford, Chelsea. ‘Art: AstroTurf monkeys and evolutionary allegories. Matt Weir’s interpretations at Actors Theatre.’ LEO weekly. January 18, 2012.
Gross, Julie. ‘Artist Spotlight: Matt Weir (The Evolution of a Sculptor).’ Louisville.com January 5, 2012.
Puckett, Jeffrey Lee. ‘Domains: Matt Weir Sculptor.’ “The Courier Journal.” October 23, 2011
“Here There Be Tygers (sic)” The Highlander Neighborhood Monthly. Eve Bohakel Lee. February, 2010.
“30 Something’s Doing Something in the Arts.” Bravo a Louisville Fund for the Arts quarterly publication. Summer 2009.
Heilenman, Diane. “A ferocious project.” The Courier-Journal. October 12, 2008.
Lyons, Leslie. “St. Xavier High School.” www.iliveinlouisville.com. October 27, 2008.
Frank, Aaron. “Matt Weir.” Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO). August 27, 2008.
Hill, Bob. “Tiger Project for St. X is Artist’s Dream.” The Courier-Journal. July 15, 2008.
Jones, Michael. “Being One’s Own Boss 24/7/365 Proposition.” The Courier-Journal. March 16, 2007.
Thresholds. disClosure: a journal of social theory. “ Reproduction, Stress and the Death Drive: Go With the Flow.” No. 15. 2006.
Williams, Arthur. The Sculpture Reference. “Contemporary Techniques, Terms, Tools, Materials, and Sculpture.” Gulfport: Sculpture Books Publishing, 2005.
“Churches, Banks and Bars: Louisville’s Cultural Quarterly.” Vol. 3. 2004.
Dorman, Brenda. “Rare Trees, Plants and Garden Sculpture are No Secret at Hidden Hill.” Community Editor. The Evening News. April 12, 2002.
Drozt. Amy. “What’s Next: Twenty Something Artists Shake Up the Scene with Water Tower Show.” The Courier-Journal. June 17, 2001.
Heilenman, Diane. “High Art to Whimsy.” Art Critic. The Courier-Journal. July 14, 2001.
Carla, Sue. “Hidden Hill.” Social Columnist. The Voice-Tribune. Vol. 15. 2001.