Jonathan Seth Matteson is an award-winning interdisciplinary teaching artist working in higher education who completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors at Washington State University in Pullman. Mr. Matteson was named both Top Ten Senior and Outstanding Senior for 2016 by WSU’s Department of Fine Arts for his numerous accomplishments as a non-traditional undergraduate student interested in investigating the conceptual and technical intersections between the Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts. In fact, Jonathan was awarded the Gold Grant Scholarship and John Ringen Award from the Northwest Watercolor Foundation, a paid position as the Student Entertainment Board’s CUB Gallery Programmer, the Executive Member of the Year for 2015-16, and a scholarship to serve as the Museum of Art/WSU’s Educational Assistant Intern.
Now in graduate school, Mr. Matteson has already completed two years of the three required by the Art + Design M.F.A. program with distinction at the University of Idaho in Moscow. Jonathan was publicly recognized twice on-campus in spring 2018: once by the University's President for his art and then later by the faculty for his service in teaching Foundations and an Art History course on-campus part-time, which helped students see art as a fun and fascinating way to exercise self-awareness and empathy. In addition to redesigning his website, preparing to write and defend a thesis about key psychophysical states induced by abstract art, and planning a Thesis Show group exhibition at the Prichard Art Gallery with his peers slated for spring 2019 Mr. Matteson is surgically piecing together a few pertinent points that can pass the peer-review process for publication in the near future.
Jonathan has called the Pacific Northwest region of US his home since 2007. Prior to relocating to Eastern Washington in 2012, Mr. Matteson resided in Vancouver, Washington near Portland(ia), "Orygun" where he worked from home as a small business consultant and sacred musician (bass). As a top sales, marketing, and advertising professional in the US horticulture industry, Jonathan has given many talks and private consultations on new and traditional marketing to state associations primarily throughout the Western region of the United States. In August of 2012, Mr. Matteson resigned from the Director of Marketing position he held for eight years to work part-time as a self-employed business consultant.
2019 Victorian Radicals: From The Pre-Raphaelites to The Arts & Crafts Movement, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2018 Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Northern Exposure: Contemporary Nordic Arts Revealed, Nordic Museum, Seattle, WA
Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Walkabout: The Art of Dorothy Napangardi, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Penny Press, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Titanic: The Artifact, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA
2017 Amie Siegel: Interiors, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Constructing Identity, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Behind the Beyond: Psychedelic Posters and Fashion in San Francisco, 1966-71, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR
2015 Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
The Artist’s Palette: Through the Lens of Dean Davis, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA
Radiance: Art from the Michael Ovitz Family Collection, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
2014 Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
From Abstract Expressionism to Colored Planes, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Miró: The Experience of Seeing, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
2013 Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Edvard Munch: A 150th Anniversary Tribute, The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
2012 5 Monets / 100 Days, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
2011 The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2010 Kenya, Africa
Late Renoir, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
2009 Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from The Rijksmuseum, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.