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2014 The Painter’s Other Library, Chicago Cultural Center. (Upcoming)
2011 Matthew Girson, INOVA, Milwaukee, WI
2008 Deep, Dark, Rowland Contemporary, NEXT ART FAIR, Chicago
2007 The Pillow and the Painting , Rowland Contemporary, Chicago, IL
2006 Even in a Room Full of Darkness, Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern
University, Evanston, IL
  Satellites & Scotomas, After and Above, Sonnenschein Gallery, Lake Forest College
  (blanc), The Suburban, Oak Park, IL
2002 Gunpowder and Oil Paint , Allen/Thomas Gallery, Neenah, WI
2001 I Know I've Forgotten Something , The Suburban, Oak Park, IL
2000 New Drawings. Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997 More Squares: 2 Grids, 4 Abstract Paintings, 16 Landscapes. Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996 If / Then: four Paintings, a Lectern and a Book. Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
  Not a Forest. Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1994 New Paintings: Landscapes and Objects , Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL




StreamLines: Ephemeral Presence in Contemporary Art,
Sakyadhita International Conference, Vaishali, India

Structures for Reading: Text, (Infra)Structure & the reading Body in Contemporary Art, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago, IL.

2012 The Gallery as Host, University of Texas at Dallas.
Dallas Biennial, 2012,
2010 Faculty Exhibit. DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL
2009 The Sleep (of Reason Produces Monsters, I Think) , The Poor Farm, Waupaca County, WI
  Because the Night, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA
2007-2008 The New Authentics:  Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation , Spertus Museum of Judaica, Chicago, IL (Traveling to  Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA)
2005 Situational Painting: Matthew Girson, Scott Short, Scott Stack ,Gahlberg Gallery College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
  Faculty Exhibit. DePaul University Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
  The Limits of Representation , Janette Kennedy Gallery, University of Texas, Dallas
2002 Tasty Dog , LAC Exhibition Space, Krems, Austria
  Digitalis, Sonnenshein Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
  Faculty Exhibit. DePaul University Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001 Gallery Artists Exhibition. Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago
200 A Broad View: Landscape Painting and Photography. University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
  (Re)Position. Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL
  Under the Influence. Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 SmallWorks. Fassbender Gallery, Chicago, IL
  Gallery Artists Exhibition. Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  Butter. Margin, Chicago, IL
1998 Ceaseless. Crown Center Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
  Chicago Hip. Rocket Gallery, London, England
1997 Gallery Artists Exhibition .Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  An Installation Demanding Active Viewer Participation, Art 1997 Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
1996 Gallery Artists Exhibition. Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  15th Benefit Exhibition. N.A.M.E. Inc., Chicago, IL
1995 Social Function. Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  Small Paintings, Broad Shoulders. Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI (traveled)
  Gallery Artists Exhibition. Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  Burning Down the House. Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario
1994 A Passionate Perspective: Francis and June Speizer Collection of Art, Rockford
Art Museum, Rockford, IL
  The Bridge Show. Lannon Gallery, New York, NY
  Amenities. Frederick Leyton Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
1993 Group Exhibition. N.A.M.E. Inc., Chicago, IL
  Chicago Curators Choose Chicago Artists. Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992 Housewares on Level 6. Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  Not Working in LA. Nomadic Site, Los Angeles, CA
  Monody.Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
  C.A.A. Exhibition , Gallery 2, Chicago, IL
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Publications written about the work of Matthew Girson

2013 McKean, Lise, StreamLines: Ephemeral Presence in Contemporary Art (Exhibition Catalog), Sakyadhita International Conference, Vaishali,  India.
2009 Grabner, Michelle, et al. Can I Come Over to Your House: The First Ten Years of the Suburban 1999-2009, Manawa:  The Poor Farm Press, 2009.
2007 Gunn, Dan. “Tip of the Week”, New City , Chicago, Thursday, December 27, 2007
  Snodgrass, Susan, “Matthew Girson at Sonnenschein Gallery, Lake Forest College,” Art in America
No. 1, January 2007
  Boris, Staci, et al. The New Authentics:  Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation (Exhibition Catalogue), Spertus Museum of Judaica, Chicago, IL
2006 Loerzel, Robert. “Oak Park Artist Turns Space Into Camera,” The Oak Leaves, Wednesday, November 8, 2006
  Steeves, H. Peter. “Matthew Girson’s Gone Missing,” Matthew Girson: Recent Paintings: Satellites, Scotomas, After and Above, Self-Published (Exhibition Catalogue Essay)
2005  Molon, Dominic, Situational Painting,” Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage (Exhibition Catalogue Essay)
2003 Holub, Barbara. Musterbuch für ein Gewinnendes Leben (Ideal Living for a Winning Life)Triton Verlag, Vienna, 2003
2002 Apel, Dora.  Memory Effects: The Holocaust and the Art of Secondary Witnessing , Rutgers, 2002
2000 Brunetti, John. “Matthew Girson at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery ,” New Art Examiner , July/August 2000, pp. 38-39
  Camper, Fred. “Drawing by Matthew Girson,” Chicago Reader , April 7, 2000, Vol. 29 #27
1999 Snodgrass, Susan (7562LR). “Report from Chicago: Staying Alive,”  Art in America , April 1999, p. 85
  Purcell, Greg (7562LR). “Ceaseless,” New Art Examiner , February 1999, pp. 52-53
1998 Herbert, Martin (7562LR). “Chicago Hip,” Time Out London , Issue #1478, December 16, 1998, p. 69
  Bulka, Michael (7562LR). “Matthew Girson, et al., C-Magazine , May-August 1998, p. 47
  Hixson, Kathryn (7562LR). “Art 1998 Chicago ,” New Art Examiner , July/August 1998, p. 72
  Holub, Barbara (7562LR). “Ein Maler Als Galerist Im Pick Up Truck ,” O.K.: Orstbezug: Konstruktion Ooder Prozess? (pub. Centrum fur Gegenwartskunst ), pp. 108-10
  Murphy, Mary (7562LR). “Alternative Art Spaces in Chicago,” Dialogue , May/June 1998, pp. 29-31
  Wiens, Ann (7562LR). “Off the Walls ,” New City , May 4, 1998, pp. 11-12
  Wiens, Ann (7562LR). “On View:  Chicago; Alternative Exhibition Sites/Non-Sites ,” New Art Examiner,
May 1998, pp. 42-4
1997 Frank, Nicholas (7562LR). “CAR, Jenny Perlin,” Arrtlies , Fall 1997, pp. 51-52
  Hughes, Gordon. “In Graven Images,” New Art Examiner , April 1997, pp. 26-29
1996 Artner, Alan. “Girson’s Directness Draws Viewers In ,” The Chicago Tribune , Thursday, July 18, 1996, Sec. 5, p. 2
  Artner, Alan. “Superimposed Form Transcends Time, Associations,” The Chicago Tribune , Thursday January 25,1996, p. 9C
  Hawkins, Margaret. “Evil is the Watchword in Separate Exhibitions,” Chicago Sun-Times, Friday, January 19,
1996, p. 42
1995 Hixson, Kathryn. “Matthew Girson at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery,”  FlashArt , January 1995, p. 85
  Holg, Garrett. “Matthew Girson at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery,” ARTnews , January 1995, Volume 94,
Number 1, pp. 167-169
  Killam, Brad. “Chicago Roundup,” Art Muscle , December/January, 1995, Volume 9, Edition 2, p. 35
  Yood, James. “Matthew Girson at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, ARTFORUM , January 1995, pp. 90-91
1994 Staff. New Yorker , September 19, 1994, p. 28
1993 Bulka, Michael. “Chicago Curators Choose Chicago Artists, Dialogue , November/December 1993, p. 71
  Grisham, Esther. “Chicago Curators Choose Chicago Artists,” New Art Examiner , October 1993, pp. 44-45
  Lautman, Victoria. “Artistic License,” WBEZ 91.5fm, Chicago, July 16, 1995
  McCracken, David. “Local Artists Shine in Summer Experiment,” The Chicago Tribune , July 23, 1993
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Works written by Matthew Girson


“Reflections, Traditions, and Representations from a Painting Studio”, Lessons and Legacies XII, Ed. Sarah Horowitz, Holocaust Education Foundation and Northwestern University, Evanston, pp. 213 – 227.

2011 “Bill Conger”, Entry in Exhibition Catalogue for Chicago
, DePaul Art Museum, ed. Louise Lincoln.
2004 “I Collude Therefore I Am,” Catalogue Essay for “The New Collusion,” Chicago Cultural Center
  “Mysterious Clarity and Vague Elegance”, Catalogue Essay for “Dan Devening and Richard Rezac,”
Kunstverein Recklinghausen, Germany.  (Translated into German)
  “Special Report 2079C” Catalogue Essay for “Operation Human Intelligence,” Contemporary Arts Council, 2003
2001 “Alan Cohen at the Block Museum, Northwestern University," New Art Examiner, November/December, 2001
  “Karen Lebergott at the Chicago Cultural Center,"  New Art Examiner, April, 2001
2000 “Capricious at Best:  An Essay about the Relationship between Art and Life in Two Parts,” New Art Examiner, November 2000, pp. 30-35
  “An Argument for Abstract Painting:  Paintings of Rebecca Shore and Anoka Faruqee,”Exhibition Catalogue Essay, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
1999 “ Kaddish by Christian Boltanski,” New Art Examiner , March 1999, p. 64
  “Brennan McGaffey at TBA Exhibition Space,” New Art Examiner , September 1999, p. 51
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2004 Curator, “fitter happier: an exhibition concerning technology,” DePaul University Gallery, Chicago
2003 Curator, “Operation Human Intelligence” curated by the CIA,  Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago.This exhibit traveled to the Art Museum at the University of Memphis
2000 Curator, “Bad Directions,” Gallery 312, Chicago
  Curator, “Telesthesia and Amnescopia,” Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1998 Co-Curator. “Concerning Truth,” Gallery 400, Chicago, IL; TBA Exhibition Space, Chicago, IL;
Gallery 1926, Chicago, IL
1997-1998 Founder, Curator, Director, Driver.  7562LR , Chicago, IL
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1992 MFA.  University of Illinois at Chicago.  Chicago, IL
1988 BFA.  University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  Pennsylvania Certificate of Art Education. University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA