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


2019                       Invited Artist, Ceramic Sculpture Collective, Watershed Center for the         

                                Ceramic Arts, Newcastle ME

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




  • HAAS Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Bloomsburg PA Fall 2020
  • Alternate Endings 3:Contemporary Ceramic Bookends, NCECA Richmond VA March 2020


  • Clay National XIV Nature Reconsidered, Carbondale Clay Center, CO
  • Shifting Parameters, Five Points Gallery, Torrington CT
  • Small Favors 2019, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA
  • Butter, The International Museum of Dinnerware Design, Ann Arbor, MI
  • What We Eat and Wear, CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea
  • You, Extra,  CO Exhibitions Space, in conjunction with NCECA 2019, Minneapolis MN
  • Lies, District Clay Gallery, Washington DC


  • 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
  • Further On, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester CT
  • Of the Earth, Arrowmont Schol of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN
  • Red Lodge Clay Center Juried National 4, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge MT
  • Salon 2017, Artist Publication Fellowship, Peripheral Vision Volume 7
  • 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, Abel Contemporary (formerly 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. 2013
  • 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


2019         - Panel Discussion, Five Points Gallery, Torrington CT, June 2019

2018         -Presentation as part of Artist Talks Series, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie NY

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

                  - SGA Academic Research 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   



  • Georgia Erger, Salon 2017,, Jan 2018
  • 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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