Matthew Dercole



2009        M.F.A  Art Studio – Ceramics    Minor in Drawing  University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

2008        M.A. Art Studio-Ceramics    Minor in Metal smithing  University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

2003        B.A. Art Studio-Ceramics    Minor in Art History   Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA


2015-present          Ceramics Instructor and Technician, University of Hartford, West Hartford CT

2015                        Studio Staff, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle ME

2014 – 2015            Instructor and Resident Artist at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts,

                                    Gatlinburg  TN

2013 – 2014           Ceramics Instructor, Chicago State University, Chicago IL

2012 – 2014           Resident Artist and Crew member for Rebuild Foundation and Theaster Gates


2011 – 2012           Instructor and Artist in Residence at Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago IL

2010 – 2011           Instructor and Artist in Residence  at the Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln NE

2010 – 2011           Ceramics Instructor, Doane College, Lincoln, NE

2006 – 2009           Instructor of Record, Ceramics Department, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


20142015           Artist in Residence, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN,

2012 – 2014           Artist in Residence in Ceramics, Rebuild Foundation/Theaster Gates, Chicago

2011 – 2012           Artist in Residence in Ceramics, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago IL

2010 – 2011           Artist in Residence in Ceramics, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE






  • The Figure in Clay, Clay Center of New Orleans, New Orleans LA
  • Fun House, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie NY
  • 2018 NCECA Annual Exhibition, Visual Voices: Truth Narratives, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburg PA
  • Surreal Salon, Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, Baton Rouge LA
  • Beyond the Brickyard, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena MT


  • 3D, Gallery Victor Armendariz, Chicago IL
  • SOFA Expo, Gallery Victor Armendariz, Chicago IL
  • What Goes Bump in the Night, Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV     *Best in Show
  • Further On, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester CT
  • Of the Earth, Arrowmont Schol of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN
  • Salon 2017, Artist Publication Fellowship, Peripheral Vision Volume 7
  • Red Lodge Clay Center Juried National 4, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge MT
  • Small Favors:Think Inside the Box, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA
  • Matt Towers, Nathan Carris Carnes, Matthew Dercole, Wesleyan Potters, Middletown CT
  • 40 for 40, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln NE


  • Points of Departure: An Exhibition Without Borders, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI
  • Prime Ceramics, Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Phoenix AZ
  • Northeast Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition, Art Centro, Poughkeepsie NY
  • 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Lillstreet Art Gallery, Chicago IL
  • Ceramic Selections from 25 Years of the Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence Program, Co-Curated by Chandra DeBuse, and Bill Griffith, in conjunction with NCECA 2016 Conference,Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, MO



  • A Naturally Picked Stacked Attraction of Glitz, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN
  • III International Triennial of Ceramics Unicum 2015, Ljubljana, Slovenia


  • 11th Annual Ceramics Invitational, Artisan Gallery, Paoli WI, Sept 2014
  • Emerged: After the Residency, Group show to coincide with NCECA, Lillstreet Art Gallery, Mar 2014
  • Midwestern Educators and Students, Lillstreet Booth NCECA 2014, Milwaukee WI


  • Works included in collaboration for John Preuss and Dilettante Studios installation for HOME,  EXPO  Chicago. Sep. 2013ARTONE, the Observatory, Chicago IL
  • Workhouse Clay National, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton VA
  • Americas ClayFest, Blue Line Arts Gallery, Roseville CA
  • Two x Two: small-scale sculptural ceramic biennial, EWU Gallery of Art, Cheney WA,
  • We met in Iowa, Earlham College in Richmond, IN


  • We met in Iowa, Pittsburg State Univ, Pittsburg KS
  • Ceramica Multiplex 2012 at The Fourth International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics 2012, at the City Museum Varazdin, Croatia
  • Configured Spaces, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago IL
  • Masur Museum of Art 49th Annual Juried Competition, Masur Museum, Monroe LA * Best in Show*
  • Small Favors VII, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA, March 2012
  • Human, Gallery 180 of the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago IL
  • Silicalicious, Backspace Gallery. Peoria IL


  • Visions in Clay 2011, LH Horton Jr Gallery, Stockton CA
  • Bibliophoria II, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol CA
  • 31 Concurs Internacional de Ceràmica CICA, 2011, Museu de Ceràmica de l’Alcora, L’Alcora Spain
  • Small Favors VI, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA,
  • as you were, solo exhibition, Folsom Gallery, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln NE


  • Gifts from the Heart, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
  • ·Small Format Art Show, Sherman Theatre, Stroudsburg, PA


  • 2009 Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition and Exhibition
  • 8th Annual Summer All Media Juried Online Art Exhibit, Upstream People Gallery, Omaha NE
  • The carpenter and the seamstress, solo exhibition, Studio Arts Gallery, Iowa City, IA
  • Graduate Ceramics Exhibition, Studio Arts Gallery, Iowa City , IA


  • 2008-09 Big Ten Graduate Student Fine Art Exhibit, Big Ten Conference Office and Meeting Center, Park Ridge, IL
  • Unbound, Cannon Gallery of Art, Monmouth OR
  • Graduate Ceramics Exhibition, Art Gallery West, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


  • Vagina Envy, solo exhibition, Art Gallery West, University of Iowa, IA
  • Featured Artists, Akar Design Gallery, Iowa City IA
  • Graduate Ceramics Exhibition, Art Gallery West University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA



2017-         - Artist Lecture, Hangzhou International School, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

                  - SGA Academic Research Grant Recipient

2016-         - Renee Samuels Grant Recipient

2014 -        -Visiting Artist, Kansas University, Feb 26-27

2013 -       -Soul Manufacturing Corporation, The Spirit of Utopia, Whitechapel Gallery, London UK

                 -Soul Manufacturing Corporation, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia PA,

                 - Lecture and Presentation, Pittsburg State University

2012         -Soul Manufacturing Corporation, Locust Projects, Miami FL

                       -Worked as “Skilled Worker" for Theaster Gates’ Exhibition

                -Studio Visit and Lecture, Loyola University ceramics students

                -Worked for Theaster Gates on Feast project,  Smart Museum, Chicago IL

                -Lecture, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL 

                -Lecture and demo,  Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago IL

2011        -Panel Discussion, “Making Contemporary Ceramics: Multimedia + Clay” At NCECA,

                 Tampa FL

2010        -Work Study, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA

2009        - The University of Iowa Research Fellowship, awarded by The Graduate College of The    

                   University of Iowa.

2008       - Iowa Arts Fellowship, Iowa Arts Council for graduate fellowship at The University of Iowa

                -Demonstrations and Lecture , Luther College,  Decorah, IA   



  • Contemporary Craft, Meet a Maker:Matt Dercole,, August 17, 2016
  • Julie K. Hanus and Jessica Shaykett, NCECA 2014: Our Top 10 List,,  April 08, 2014
  • The Gap-Toothed Madness, Issue 1, Vol 2, April 2014
  • 500 Figures in Clay Vol 2, Lark Publishing, 2014
  • Carrie Scozzaro, Small-scale ceramics at EWU highlight earthy art form,, Jan 23 2013
  • Kerameikon Collection of Contemporary World Ceramics, Varazdin, Croatia
  • Direct Art Magazine Vol 19, Oct 2012
  • Museu de Ceràmica de l’Alcora, L’Alcora, Spain
  • University of Iowa Library, Special Collections Department, Iowa City IA, “A Conversation with Contemporary Clay”
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