Matt Haffner is an Atlanta based photographer, mixed-media, and installation artist. As a celebrated artist, Matt has been awarded several prestigious grants, fellowships, and residencies including a National Endowment for the Arts project grant, a Working Artist Fellowship at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, a Forward Arts Foundation award, two residencies at the Hambidge Center for the Arts, a Creative Practice Research Grant from Kennesaw State University, along with many other awards. He has had several solo exhibitions of his work in Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Memphis and has been included in countless exhibitions regionally, nationally, and internationally. His work is in a wide variety of collections including museums, universities, corporations, and private collections. Matt is Professor of Photography and Video at Kennesaw State University.
1996-98 Tyler School of Art, Temple University – Master of Fine Arts
1989-95 University of Akron – Bachelor of Fine Arts
2006 – present
Kennesaw State University, Assistant Professor (Photography)
Atlanta College of Art, Adjunct Professor (Photography)
Georgia State University, Adjunct Professor (Photography)
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center – Artist Survival Skills Series
Art Institute of Atlanta, Adjunct Professor (Digital Photographic Production)
Temple University, Adjunct Professor (Photography)
Tyler School of Art, Adjunct Professor (Photography)
Tyler Offset Workshop, Tyler School of Art, Graduate Teaching Assistant (Pre-Press)
whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA, “Harmonic Dysfunction”
whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA, “The Old Gods and Their Crumbling City”
Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, “A Slight Spectacle”
whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA, “Just Across the Tracks”
Blackridge Hall Art Gallery at Georgia College and State University, “Urban Memories”
University of West Georgia, “Riding Shotgun”
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Dreams of a Sleeping Giant, Pentimenti Gallery, (Philadelphia), “Tales From the Lonesome City”
Used Fiction, Lyons Wier • Ortt Contemporary, New York, NY
Project for a Revolution, Rialto Center for the Arts, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Selected Works, Arnall Golden Gregory, Curated by Anne Tracht
Project for a Revolution, Gallery MC Atlanta, GA
Scenes From a Hero’s Tale, Forward Arts Foundation – Swan Coach house, Atlanta, GA
Subterfuge Youngblood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Simulacra, Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, OH
Selected Photographs, Wheathervane Center for the Arts, Akron, OH
Urban Experiences, Akron Center Art Gallery, Akron, OH
Untitled Exhibition, Universalist Unitarian Church ( Kent ), OH
Crowdscapes, Katherine Folk Gallery, Akron, OH
Selected Photographs, Katherine Folk Gallery, Akron, OH
Selfie, Chastain Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
15 Year Forward Arts Foundation Anniversary Exhibition – Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Paper Moon, Clayton Gallery, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
The 15 Year Anniversary Retrospective, Youngblood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Groundstory, Tales From the Shade of the South, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
20 in 12 Vision, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Drawing Connections, City Gallery at Chastain, Atlanta, GA
Quadrennial: Greater Decatur, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
Spark, Borrow and Steal – Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
The December Show -Whitespace, Atlanta
Le Flash – Castleberry Hill Arts District – One night public art installation
MOCA GA Collects: The Photographic Image, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
What’s Happening Now: A Cell Phone Photography Project, Cherry Lion Gallery
A New Genre Landscape, Public Art Series, Atlanta, GA
Movers and Shakers, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia
From a Thousand Pages, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Ground Breaking, Lyons Wier Ortt Contemporary, New York
Innovations, Gallery at Terminus, Atlanta
Forward Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia
Refined, Lyons Weir Ortt Contemporary, NY
Transformation: Photography of the 21st Century, Space 301, Mobile Alabama
Scale: A National Drawing Invitational, Suny Brockport, NY
Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia 100, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta
Cinema Complex, Rialto Theatre, Atlanta
Reading Between the Lanes, Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta
Analog, Click – Click, Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Dekalb Ave., ArtSpot Gallery, Atlanta, GA
SK8 or Die, Youngblood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Artists: Gallery Selections, Suntrust Biennial, Atlanta GA
Youngblood Gallery in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Youngblood Gallery, Atlanta GA
Place of Memory, Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Group Photography Exhibition, Tyler Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Fourteen, Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Intimate Revelations Group show, Emily Davis Gallery, Akron, OH
Street Scenes, Wheathervane Center for the Arts, Akron, OH
Tyler Graduate Photography Exhibition, Shippley School, Philadelphia, PA
Illuminance ‘95, Fine Arts Center, Lubbock, TX
Senior Juried Exhibition, Emily Davis Gallery, Akron, OH
Juried Photography Exhibition, Cleveland Center for the Contemporary Arts, Cleveland OH
Benefit Art Auction, Spaces Art Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Photoworks ‘94, Barrett House Galleries, New York, NY
Artists of Rubber City Exhibition, Charles Mayer Gallery, Akron, OH
Seasonal Invitational, E.I.O. Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Juried Student Exhibition, Emily Davis Gallery, Akron , OH
Art at the Center Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Akron, OH
Courage Exhibition, Powerhouse Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Cleveland State University Art Gallery, “Faces of Cleveland Exhibition”
Juried Exhibition, Emily Davis Gallery, Akron, OH
University of Akron Meyer School of Art Gallery
University of Akron Meyer School of Art Gallery
Alabama Theatre, Birmingham, Al
Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pa.
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
University of Akron, Akron OH
Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia – Working Artist Project Course Release (Partial Sabbatical) from Kennesaw State University, Hambidge Center Residency
Foundation Award, Kennesaw State University
Public Artist for Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Forward Arts Foundation, Emerging Artist of the Year, Studio Artist at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Featured Artist, Spience Fiction
KarmaBomb’s “Most Artistic Web Production Award” for Everywhereman.com
Two Year Exhibitions Assistantship (Tyler School of Art)
Richard Seigal, Cleveland Free Times Award, Senior Recognition Award, for Excellence in the School of Art, Artists of Rubber City Award
Career Educational Grant for special project at Portage Path Elementary School, APS
Reviews and Press
Burnaway, “Exquisite Exhibit”: An Exercise in Collaboration at ACAC Sherri Caudell, October 2014
Arts Atl, Review: Lively “exquisite corpses” in paint, video and sculpture from the Cotemporary’s Studio artist – Jerry Cullum, September 2014
WABE, Conversation with curator Joey Orr about “Exquisite Exhibit: Parlour Games from the Studio Artist Program” – Myke Johns, Septermber 2014
Arts ATL, “Selfie” Explorers A New Take On an Old Genre – Deidra Tyree Smith, July 2014
Atlanta Journal Constitution, Selfie finds significance in group show at Atlanta gallery, Felicia Feaster, July 2014
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer-You’ve Got to go to the Columbus Museum, Sandra Okamoto, June 2012
Oxford American-The Only Stair that Doesn’t Creak: Hauntology, Reggie Michael Rodrigue, June 2o12
Arts Critic Atl – Poetic conceptualism pervades work by Atlanta artist in “Quadrennial”at Agnes Scott, Jerry Cullum, October 2010
Burnaway – Convergent Frequencies highlights urban geography this weekend, Susannah Darrow, September 2010
Burnaway – Quadrennial: Greater Decatur at Dalton Gallery strikes a balance, Kombo Chapfika, September 2010
Art Papers – Exhibition Review – Felicia Feaster, August 2009.
Kennesaw State University Press – Faculty Spotlight – Jennifer Hafer, August 2009.
Atlanta Journal Constitution- Award Lets Atlanta Artist Branch Out – Catherine Fox, May 2009.
Philadelphia City Paper – Just Do It – Tales From the Lonesome City – Lauren F. Friedman, March 2009.
Kennesaw State University – Faculty Profile – Michael Ruther, March 2009.
The Atlantan – Cover Artist for the Art Issue, December 2008.
The Atlantan – Felicia Feaster, June 2008.
Creative Loafing – ‘Hey, you’re hogging the paint!’ – Felicia Feaster, February 6, 2008.
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta Innovates – Catherine Fox, October 21, 2007.
Public Art Review, issue 36 The Multi Faceted Lens – Atlanta’s Big Picture – Cathy Byrd, June 1, 2007.
Jezebel Magazine – Atlanta’s Emerging Artists – Erin Bransford, March 1, 2007.
Creative Loafing – Top Ten Art Shows of 2006 – Felicia Feaster, January 5, 2007.
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Draw Conclusions – Catherine Fox, October 19, 2006.
Daily Candy – Where Art Thou? October 11, 2006.
Wooster Collective – Another Giant Weatpaste from Matt Haffner, October 3, 2006.
Peach Magazine – Art for the People…Maybe – Johnathan Lerner, October 2006.
Points North Magazine – Fine Art – Amy Meadows, October 2006.
Atlanta Intown Magazine – Atlanta Celebrates Photography, October 2006.
New Work from Matt Haffner, September 2006.
New American Paintings, June 6, 2006.
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Always Looking Forward – Jerry Cullum, December 2005.
Forward Arts Catalog – Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, December 2005.
Art Papers Magazine – Review of Exhibition, December, 2004.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution – “Atlantan is Drawn to be Part of His Art”, Catherine Fox, July 9, 2004.
Creative Loafing – “We Don’t Need Another Hero”, Felicia Feaster, July 7, 2004.
Art Papers Magazine – Review of Dekalb Ave., December 2003.
Access Atlanta, “HIGH ROAD ON Gritty street becomes an unlikely inspiration”, Catherine Fox, October, 30 2003.
Creative Loafing, “Back to the shed”, Andisheh Nouraee, August 14, 2003.
“Survey of local galleries offers some surprises,” Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jerry Cullum, June 8, 2003.
Illuminance 1995, Exhibition Catalog, Barret House Galleries, NY, November, 1995.
Best Kept Secret, Portage Path School, Akron Public Schools, February 2, 1994.
Akron Beacon Journal, “It’s Real, and it’s his work”, Lisa Biank – Fasig, January 14, 1994.
Kent Record-Courier, “UC hosts photo-art display,”January 7, 1994.
KUNSTWERK Museum, Berlin
Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia
Alston and Bird LLP., Atlanta, GA.
Anglo Irish Bank, Dublin / New York
King and Spalding, Atlanta, Ga
Alabama Theatre, Birmingham, Al
Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
University of Akron, Akron, OH