Gallery Joe

Philadelphia, PA

Rob Matthews

15-Year Portrait #2
graphite on paper
13 x 11 inches


b. 1974 Wilson, NC
Lives and works in Nashville, TN


Virginia Commonwealth University, MFA - Painting and Printmaking
University of Tennessee-Knoxville, BFA - Painting

Solo Exhibitions

Janus, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
Life and Casualty, Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA
Drawings, O’More College of Design, Franklin, TN
The Middle Ground Vanished, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY
It Fills Us. We Arrange It, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA (catalogue)
Kindred, Daniel Cooney Fine Arts, New York, NY
Knoxville Girl, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
18 Days, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ
The Assumption, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
The Dumbest Man, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Holy Smokes, Gallery 817, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Sleepwalking, The Barn Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
Recent Work (thesis show), Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
My Bucket's Got a Hole in It, M Goodman Gallery, Richmond, VA

Selected Group Exhibitions
Highlights, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
Passages, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY
Collection, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
The Search for Dispravosláviye, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA
small scale : expanisive visions, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Golden Beams of a Laughing Sun, Twist Art Gallery, Nashville, TN, with Matthew Fisher
On/Sincerity in Art, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA
Southern Cross, Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia, PA
Selected Drawings from the Allen G. Thomas Jr. Collection, Virginia Thompson Graves Gallery, Barton College, Wilson, NC
Northern Liberties: A Transformation, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
The Pencil of Nature, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY
Still Life, Margarete Roeder Gallery, New York, NY
Prints by Gallery Artists, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Story (curated by Sarah Roche), Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Casual Male, Sherman Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA
Beautiful Human, Haverford College, curated by Shelley Spector
Contemporary Drawing Show, Elder Gallery, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
Consequential, Addams Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
The Philadelphia Story, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ
My Certain Fate, Pharmaka, Los Angeles, curated by Timothy Buckwalter
50 Very Small Drawings, Gallery Joe, Philadephia, PA
La Main qui dessinait toute seule, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France
sense of place, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
¡Fake!, Frieze Art Fair courtesy of Museu de Arte Contemporaneo de Castille Y Leon
Vocabularies Of Metaphor: More Stories, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Strange Place, Alogon Gallery, Chicago, IL (curated by Dayton Castleman)
Spot Check: Academy Contemporary, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
The Drawing Narrative, Tower Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (curated by Rob Matthews and Matthew Fisher)
This Place is Ours! Recent Acquisitions at the Academy, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
The Blogger Show, Agni Gallery, New York, NY
On the Mark!, Turchin Center for the Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
About Face, Gallery 817, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Picture Journal Project, Woodmere Art Museum, PA
Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
Everyday, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA
Fine Line, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC, NY
Reconciliation, IAM Conference, The Cooper Union, New York, NY
Posture and Expression, Gallery 817, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Baltimore Fair for Contemporary Prints & New Editions, courtesy of Gallery Joe, Baltimore, MD
Recent Acquisitions: Prints and Drawings from Dürer to Doig, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
181st Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy, New York, NY
drawn, Art Murmur Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Round the Gallery, The Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts (SICA), Long Branch, NJ
Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
Torrid, Shardin Art Gallery, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
SFIAE7, Gallery Joe, San Francisco, CA
The Great Master, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday Afternoon, Match-Art, Brooklyn, NY
Summer Show, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
Small Works, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
Figure Out, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
MANNA:A Show of Hands, benefit auction, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia PA
Wagons East, King Fisher Projects, Ridgewood, NY and
Works on Paper 2004, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA (Curator: Jordan Kantor)
Baltimore Fair for Contemporary Prints &New Editions, Courtesy of Gallery Joe, Baltimore, MD
First Person, Gallery Schlesinger, New York, NY
SFIAE6, Gallery Joe, San Francisco, CA
I Saw the Light, Project Room, Philadelphia, PA curated by John Caperton
ACRIA's Unframed First Look, Lehmann Maupin, NYC, NY curated by Peter Halley, Sue Williams, Ross Bleckner
Douglas Dibble Memorial Auction, Hunter College NYC, NY
Drawing For It, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Bling Bling, Project Room, Philadelphia, PA
Raritan Valley Community College Faculty Show, University of Arts, Hamilton Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Red Dot, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Philly: People, Places, Things, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA Faculty Art Exhibition, Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, NJ
Red Dot Show, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Greater Philadelphia, Paley and Levy Galleries at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
The Photographic Process, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Summer Mish Mosh, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Hopscotch: Associative Leaps in the Construction of Narrative, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA curated by Ellen Rosenholtz
All Drawing, Gallery 817, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA curated by Sharon Horvath
In Pink, Rosenberg Gallery, New York University, New York City, NY
Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore MD
Arcadia University, Philadelphia, PA
Multiples, curated by Susan Rosenberg; Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Exquisite Corpse, 2nd Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
Around the Coyote, Noiz Art Space, Chicago, IL
New Painters, Ne Cracher Pas Gallery, Richmond, VA
New Painters I, Front Window Gallery, Richmond, VA
Unsound, 609 S. Laurel St., Richmond, VA
New Painters, Art Windows International, Washington, DC
Movable Feast, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Louis S. Harris purchase award group exhibition; Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Faith, Truth, Mystery, A-1 Art Space, Knoxville, TN
Armageddon, Gallery 1010, Knoxville, TN
Big Male Art: 3 Man Show, Gallery 1010, Knoxville, TN
New Perspectives, A-1 Art Space, Knoxville, TN


PEW Fellowship in the Arts
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship
Finalist – PEW Fellowship
Philadelphia Museum of Art purchase award – Works on Paper, Arcadia University
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship
Philadelphia Museum of Art purchase award-Works on Paper, Arcadia University

Slide Files

The Drawing Center, New York City
White Columns, New York City

Public Collections

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia Museum of Art
de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA (promised gift)


Ibarra, Ana and Valli, Marc, Walk the Line: The Art of Drawing, Laurence King Publishing Ltd., October 22
Post, Ari, "'Portraiture Now' at the National Portrait Gallery", The Georgetowner, January 16
McCartney, Ryan, "Cult Logic- Remote Viewing Sister Pauline Turpin," Title Magazine, January 21
McMenamin, Alison, "The Search for Dispravosláviye – Rob Matthews and Shanna Waddell tackle the idea of the cult at Tiger," The Art Blog, January 19
Busang, Brett, "Drawing on the Edge: Six Voices at the National Portrait Gallery,", January 7
O Sullivan, Michael, "Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge," Washington Post, December 7
Newhall, Edith, "Galleries: In Delaware, Themes That Captivate Young Artists," Philadelphia Inquirer, December 9
Fallon, Robert and Rosof, Libby, “Interview with Rob Matthews”, The Art Blog Radio
Frank, Priscilla. “Journey Into Rob Matthews’ Mythical Back Yard”, The Huffington Post, February 18
Fallon, Cate, "Two Quiet Guys in New York- Rob Matthews and the Late Bill Walton," The Art Blog, April 8
Roberta Fallon,. “Wrestling with chaos – Rob Matthews’ new work at Gallery Joe.” Artblog, June 13, 2010.
Edith Newhall, “Galleries: Shoving demons away to show a playful side.” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 23, 2010.
Rosof, Libby, "Small Is Big at Gallery Joe," The Art Blog, September 4, 2009
Rosof, Libby, "Beautiful inside, outside, anytime, anywhere–Beautiful Human at Haverford," The Art Blog, October 1, 2009
Newhall, Edith, "Galleries: Six Artists Shine a Positive Light on the Human Image," Philadelphia Inquirer, September 27, 2009
Berendt, Chris, “A Portrait of Family,” Sampson Independent, June 16, 2009
Hill, Lori, “Just Desserts: Choice Awards ’08, “ City Paper, September 25- October 2, 2008
Hoggard, Barry, “Graphite Is Hot,”, Oct. 19, 2008
Stockton-Moore, Cindy, “Faithfully Observed,”, Dec. 2008
Newhall, Edith, “Ballad of murder unfolds in drawings,” Philadelphia Inquirer, November 23, 2007
Roberta Fallon. “Gray’s Anatomy: Two shows explore moral ambiguity.” Philadelphia Weekly, December 5-11, 2007.
Libby Rosof, “Murder and excess—Matthews and Holsing at Gallery Joe.” Artblog. November 5, 2007.
Lori Hill, “Lori Hill’s First Friday Hit List,” ARTS, First Friday Focus. Philadelphia City Paper, October 30, 2007
Trippi, Peter, “Artists Making Their Mark: Three to Watch", Fine Art Connoisseur, November/December, pg. 69.
Fallon, Roberta, “Art Pilgrimage: Philadelphia", Art Review Magazine, September 2006
Pressler, Jessica, “The Philly School" Philadelphia Magazine, May 2006
Fallon, Roberta, "Two artists at gallery Joe take an irreverent look at the notion of belief," April 13 - 19, 2005
Sozanaki, Edward, “Literal devotions," Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8, 2005
Hagan, Susan, “Pencil Him In," Philadelphia City Paper, April 21, 2005
Fallon, Roberta, "A Pose by Any Other Name," Philadelphia Weekly, May 19-25, pg. 43.
Fallon, Roberta, " Flown of Arcadia", Philadelphia Weekly, January 28, 2004
Sozanski, Edward J., "Imagination Abounds in Arcadia Show" Philadelphia Inquirer, February 6, 2004
Rosenthal, James, "I Saw the Light," April, 2003
Hagan, Susan, "Simply Illuminating," Philadelphia City Paper, April, 2003
Fallon, Roberta, "In the (Edward) Hopper", Philadelphia Weekly, April 2, 2003
Brown, Tiffany, "Culture Reflected In Art", Sidelines, September 10, 2003
Bostick, Alan "You're Getting Sleepy, Very Sleepy", The Tennessean, August 24, 2003
Fallon, Roberta, "Sketches-See Spots Run", Philadelphia Weekly, March 22-29, 2003
Auspitz, Debra & David Warner, "Paint the Town", Philadelphia City Paper, Nov. 14-21
Porter, John, Radio interview on Gallery program, 88.9 FM, Richmond Virginia's National Public Radio affiliate; November 1, 1998
Kurzman, Sues, "New Painters at the Front Window Gallery Are a Safe Bet", Punchline. September 17, 1998