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Matthew McCormack and Jenn Figg

Bio and Artist Team Description

Our paths crossed at an artist residency in 2009, and since then we have been collaborating and sharing our art practice. Five years later we welcomed our first son, Xavier Enzo; and early August 2018 our second son, Thelonious Rex, was born. Our collaborative practice revolves around our children, who influence our artwork in innumerable small ways every day, from our drawing together in sketchbooks to 3D printing to model making to glassblowing. Having a family and children has brought our long term goal - the persistence of vision - into sharp focus.

 

We have exhibited widely in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC); the Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD); the Light City Festival of Art and Innovation (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Baltimore, MD); Artscape; the Baltimore Public Works Museum Building; the Towson Arts Collective; Gallery Q (Johns Hopkins Eisenhower Library); Project4 Gallery (Washington, DC); a collaboration with the internationally renowned dance troupe Step Afrika! at the Hartke Theater and the Atlas Theater (Washington, DC); the Arlington Art Center (Arlington, VA), the Open Gallery (Silver Spring, MD); and the Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery (Frostburg, MD). Other selected venues include the Dlectricity Festival (Detroit, MI); the Ingenuity Festival (Cleveland, OH); the Gund Gallery (Gambier, OH); the Dublin Arts Council (Dublin, OH); The Print Center (Philadelphia, PA); the Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH); the Phipps Conservatory (Pittsburgh, PA); the National Museum of Glass (Eskisehir, Turkey); the Berengo Studio (Murano, Italy); the Museum of Contemporary Art (Virginia Beach, VA); the Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland, OH); and the Art House at the Jones Center (Austin, TX).

 

Selected residencies and awards include the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Public Art Prize; 2016 Centennial Acadia National Park Artist in Residence at the Schoodic Institute, (Acadia, Maine); the Toolmaker Residency at Signal Culture (Owego, NY); the Mesaros Visiting Artist at Kenyon College (Gambier, OH); Accessibility 2009 (Cleveland, TN); the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Artist Residency (New York, NY); the MacDowell Colony Artist Residency (Peterborough, NH); the School of Emerging Technology Seed Funding Grant (Towson University, MD); the Great Lakes College Association New Directions Initiative (Kenyon College, OH); and two Light City Grants (Baltimore, MD).

 

We have several works as permanent acquisitions and site-specific installations nationally. These include the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI; Utah Valley University, Orem, UT; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; the Uber Advanced Technology Center, Pittsburgh, PA; the Baltimore Visitor Center, Baltimore, MD; Phipps Conservatory and Sculpture Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA; Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; and the National Museum of Glass in Eskisehir, Turkey.

 

Figg holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, an MFA from the University of California, and a Ph.D. in Media, Art and Text from the Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Towson University. McCormack holds a BFA in Glass from the Ohio State University and an MFA from Towson University. We live in Baltimore City.
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