Madeline Crocenzi
Summer Director

"Sean Matthews, Steel Altar in the Round, Steel and wood" from

“Sean Matthews, Steel Altar in the Round, Steel and wood” from

The Pulse recently learned professor Sean Matthews was also named a finalist by the State Museum of Pennsylvania for the “Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2016” exhibition.

Matthews is an associate professor of art, and works with the traditional techniques of sculpture.

His faculty profile says he “is a mixed media sculptor whose work examines the connections between the altar and the object while also investigating the aesthetic relationships between form and material.”

According to Messiah’s Department of Visual Arts, Matthews’ areas of expertise and interest include wood construction, steel fabrication, hand-built ceramic forms and metal casting among others.

He also teaches a variety of classes including visual literacy, carving, form space media and installation art and public sculpture.

He was featured in David Nash’s 2003 DVD documentary, Discovering Heartwood: The David Nash Residency. Additionally, he was an Art-o-Mat artist and one of his sculptures resides in The Whitney Museum’s private Art-o-Mat collection.

Additionally, three alumni of the Department of Visual Arts were also named “Art of the State” finalists. Ted Book, Brian Menkis and Timothy Giershick will also have their work featured as a part of the 49th “Art of the State” exhibition.

The exhibition begins Sunday, June 26 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Free admission will be offered on that day, with the exhibition’s awards ceremony beginning at 1 p.m.

You can read more about the “Art of the State” event here.



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