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Jonathan Seth Matteson is an interdisciplinary teaching artist who completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio Arts major, Art History minor, Museum Studies, and Music) with honors at Washington State University in Pullman. Mr. Matteson was named 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 intersections between the Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts. Other notable accomplishments include being 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, which he won Executive Member of the Year for 2015-16, and a scholarship to serve as the Museum of Art/WSU’s Educational Assistant Intern. Jonathan has been accepted into the Art & Design M.F.A. program at the University of Idaho in Moscow where he will continue to work on his art and teach foundations courses part-time as a Teaching Assistant.

Mr. Matteson has called the Pacific Northwest his home since 2007.  Prior to relocating to Eastern Washington in 2012, Jonathan and his family lived in Vancouver, Washington near Portland, Oregon where he worked as a marketing consultant and a performing artist (bassist). Mr. Matteson began investigating the Elements & Principles of Art/Design and nonverbal communication in 2000 when he started performing music live to audiences in churches, prisons, and music festivals, organizing bass workshops, and giving presentations as a top sales, marketing, and advertising professional for the past two decades in the horticultural industry. Jonathan is the founder of Garden Marketing and has given many talks, as well as numerous 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.


2018     Figuring History: Robert Coldscott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2018     José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Penny Press, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

2018     Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, 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

             #FLW150, Gordon House (Usonian), Silverton, 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.

             Rome, Italy

             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.