2001 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA.
2005 Indiana University, MFA.
A Native of Upstate New York, transplanted to the Midwest. Husband, dad, artist, dreamer, doubter; trying to learn how to see and dream well.
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 a Full Teaching Professor of Painting and Drawing at The University of Missouri where he has taught since 2007.
Ballou increased his curatorial efforts in 2014 and 2015, spearheading a traveling exhibition at Anne Arundel College in Maryland and Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. This show featured the work of Anne Harris, Catherine Kehoe, and nearly a dozen others. The artist is currently traveling an exhibition featuring the work of Sharon Butler, Anna Buckner, and Gianna Commito. The show most recently appeared at Nebraska Wesleyan University and moves to Riverside Art Center near Chicago in 2021.
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 was a contributor to Neoteric Art since from 2009 to 2019, and they released a collection of his essays, titled Nine Texts, in October 2011. In 2016 and 2017 he completed texts for The MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, SEEN Journal, Oxford University Press (Grove Art) and The Finch. Most recently, Ballou had essay on the paintings of Joey Borovicka published in The New Territory.
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Drawing 1 – Foundations, Level 1 (Traditional Face-to-Face, Digital, Online/Remote)
Drawing 2 – Foundations, Level 2
Drawing 3 – Life Drawing, Figure and Concept
Drawing 4 – Advanced Group and Solo Projects, Group Readings and Discussion
Beginning Painting – Foundations of Direct Painting Techniques
Intermediate Painting – Developing Light, Space, Form, and Concept
Advanced Painting – Individual Projects, Group Readings and Discussion
Beginning Color Drawing – Oil and Chalk Pastel, Colored Pencil (Traditional Face-to-Face, Digital, Online/Remote)
Intermediate Color Drawing – Material Explorations, Prompt-based (Traditional Face-to-Face, Digital, Online/Remote)
Advanced Color Drawing – Figure-based Individual Projects, Mixed Media
Senior Seminar Writing Intensive Capstone Course
Graduate Drawing 1 – Individual Projects, Reading and Discussion
Graduate Drawing 2 – Individual Projects, Reading and Discussion
Graduate Painting 1 – Individual Projects, Reading and Discussion
Graduate Painting 2 – Individual Projects, Reading and Discussion
Graduate Seminar 1 – From Shlain, Coomaraswamy, and Eliade to Dillard, Eco, and Bachelard
Graduate Seminar 2 – Apprehending and Acknowledging; Building Meaning via Art and Experience
Graduate Theory – Eco, Playing Shakespeare, and You
Graduate Studio Practice and Critique