Matt West

Collaborative Co-Founder STEAM Studio
CPO 1840
828.251.6011

Lecturer of Art
Collaborative Co-Founder STEAM Studio

Matt West received his MFA from Clemson University and his BFA from UNC Asheville. He teaches various levels of sculpture and ceramics and is the technical support person for both areas.

He previously taught at Clemson University, Furman University, and the South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts and Humanities. He is a working artist and has work on permanent display in Mt. Holly, NC; Downtown Atlanta; Urban Trail, Asheville; Highlands, NC; NASCAR Hall of Fame. As an undergraduate student, he sculpted Rocky the Bulldog, UNC-Asheville's mascot, which resides in front of the Health and Wellness Center.  Students file past Rocky and pet him for good luck at convocation and graduation. 

Matt won a competition at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC,  for the creation of an artist kite that now permanently hangs in the Air and Space Museum.

Education

  • MFA, Sculpture
    Clemson University
  • BFA, Sculpture
    UNC Asheville

Courses Taught

  • ART 133: Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 246: Sculpture I
  • ART 230: Ceramics I
  • ART 346: Sculpture II
  • ART 330: Ceramics III
  • ART 347: Sculpture III
  • ART 446: Sculpture IV
  • ART 430: Ceramics IV
  • ART 140: Life Sculpture
  • ART 373: Advanced Ceramic Techniques
  • ART 473: Making and Firing Kilns

Recent Exhibitions

  • 2016, Megan Wolfe & Friends, Perkinson Art Gallery, Millikin University, Decatur, IL (Jan-Feb)
  • 2015, Art in the Park, Banner Elk, NC
  • 2015, 36th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition, Pickens, SC
  • 2014Annual Faculty Exhibition, University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • 20144 Alumni Show, University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • 2013Annual Faculty Exhibition, University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • 2013Art in the Park, Banner Elk, NC
  • 2013Switchyard, Switchyard Studios, Asheville, NC
  • 2013Iron Invitational Show, Brevard Lumber Yard, Nov 11, Brevard, NC
  • 201334rd Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition, Pickens, SC.
  • 201338th Anderson County Arts Council Exhibition and Juried Show, Anderson, SC
  • 2012Annual Faculty Exhibition, University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • 2012Art in the Park, Banner Elk, NC
  • 201233rd Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition, Pickens, SC.  Merit Award
  • 2012Automata, Piety Iron Works, New Orleans, LA
  • 201126th Annual Sculpture Celebration, Outdoor Exhibition, Lenior, NC
  • 2011Annual Faculty Exhibition,  University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • 2011, Anderson County Arts Council Exhibition and Juried Show, Anderson, SC
  • 2010Annual Faculty Exhibition, University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • 201029th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition, Pickens, SC
  • 2010Anderson County Arts Council Exhibition and Juried Show, Anderson, SC
  • 2009Annual Faculty Exhibition, University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • 2009Alumni Exhibtion, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, UNC Asheville
  • 200928th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition, Pickens, SC
  • 2009Anderson County Arts Council Exhibition and Juried Show, Anderson, SC
  • 200827th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition, Pickens, SC
  • 2008Anderson County Arts Council Exhibition and Juried Show, Anderson, SC
  • 2007Shoe Box Sculpture Show, Clemson University
  • 2007Alumni Exhibition, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, UNC Asheville

Commissions and Permanent Work

  • 2015, Selected to create 3 small hand forged signposts for the New Belgian Brewery site
  • 2014, Produced molds and final forms for the three dimensional decorations on the LaZoom comedy tour buses
  • 2014, Created 4 wall sconces for Cedrick’s Tavern on Biltmore Estate
  • 2012, Pair of Hand Crafted Entry Gates, Forged and fabricated steel, Private residence, Davidson, NC
  • 2009, Fabricated Aluminum Sculpture, Billy Rhine Enterprises, Mooresville, NC 
  • 2008, Three Forged Sculptures, Billy Rhine Enterprises, Mooresville, NC
  • 2008, Forged Sculpture, Spivey Community, Denver, NC
  • 2008, Forged Entrance Gates, Spivey Community, Denver, NC
  • 2007, Circular Bench, 10’ Diameter Forged and Fabricated Steel,  Atlanta, Georgia