College of Arts and Science
2001 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA.
2005 Indiana University, MFA.
Matthew Ballou is an artist and writer living in Columbia, Missouri with his wife and four children. Educated at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA ’01) and Indiana University (MFA ’05), he is an Associate Teaching Professor of Painting and Drawing at The University of Missouri where he has taught since 2007.
Over the last several years Ballou has shown his artwork in solo exhibitions in Kansas, Massachusetts, and Washington, as well as in a two-person shows from Brooklyn, NY to Louisville, KY. Recently, Ballou has increased his curatorial efforts, spearheading a traveling exhibition at Anne Arundel College in Maryland and Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois featuring the work of Anne Harris, Catherine Kehoe, and nearly a dozen others. The artist’s most recent project featuring the work of Sharon Butler, Anna Buckner, and Gianna Commito was shown at Mizzou in September and October of 2017 and at Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2018. The show will head to the Riverside Art Center near Chicago in 2020.
Writing has been an important aspect of Ballou’s output since 2001. Highlights of his publications include a cover feature on the work of Odd Nerdrum in Image Journal and an extensive review of Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Retrospective for the Chicago-based publication Neoteric Art. Ballou has been a contributor to Neoteric Art since 2009, and they released a collection of his essays, titled Nine Texts, in October 2011. A Finalist for The Ruminate Visual Art Prize in 2011, Ballou had several of his artworks and a short piece of writing published in Ruminate Magazine in 2012. He recently (2016 and 2017) completed texts for The MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, SEEN Journal, Oxford University Press (Grove Art) and The Finch.