Matt Sesow is an independent American artist residing in Washington, DC.
Individuals, galleries, and curators are invited to contact, and ask questions (email: sesow@sesow.com).


BIOGRAPHY:
Matt Sesow now works and lives in Washington, DC as an independent full-time artist.

2007-2008:

APRIL 18/19: SAN FRANCISCO:
BUKOWSKI UNDIGESTED BOOK Signing with Linda King at the Beat Museum in San Francisco,april 19th 7:30pm opening... matt will be there CLICK HERE for info
APRIL 11, ATLANTA:
ALCOVE GALLERY group show at alcove gallery in decatur... opening night april 11th, 7-12PM CLICK HERE for info
MAY 10TH: "OPEN STUDIO" 2008, WASHINGTON, DC:
OPEN STUDIO AT MATT'S PLACE SATURDAY MAY 10TH... NOON UNTIL 7PM... no rsvp needed... email Matt to schedule your own day/time.... MORE info by CLICKING HERE
SESOW/BUNNY HOODIE
you can get a matt sesow/exit clov bunny hoodie by CLICKING HERE
(COMING UP) SAN FRAN, DC, CHINA:
coming in 2008: Matt Sesow will show at the 'beat museum' in san francisco for the 'bukowski undigested' book (april), artomatic in dc (may), atlanta (april), new york (june), china (july), as well as plenty of other things... email matt directly... new work goes up on sesow.com 4 to 5 times a week, every week!
(FEBRUARY-APRIL 2008) WASHINGTON, DC:
"Peace Now!" group show at Warehouse gallery in DC. Warehouse is at: 1017-21 7th street NW... FREE OPENING RECEPTION, Friday Feb 22nd (6-9PM). The show will stay up for the observance of the 5th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the March 19, 2008 "March for Peace" in Washington and other cities around the country. Sesow will have large paintings on display ('hero' and 'battle in the briar patch') CLICK HERE for more info from Warehouse
(JANUARY 2008) WASHINGTON, DC:
at "Baked and Wired" in washington, DC solo presentation. Located in Georgetown, 1052 thomas jefferson st, nw ... MORE info by CLICKING HERE
(DECEMBER 2007) WASHINGTON, DC:
at "AARON GALLERY" in washington, DC group show. First friday, December 7th opening 6:30-8:30PM (Dupont Circle) ... MORE info by CLICKING HERE
(DECEMBER 2007) WASHINGTON, DC:
group show at plan B in washington, dc , dec 1st opening ... ... MORE info by CLICKING HERE
(DECEMBER 2007) WASHINGTON, DC:
at "Aroma" in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of DC. Matt will be there for the opening THURSDAY December 6th (7PM-11PM opening reception).... 3417 Connecticut Ave, NW (Cleveland Park) open daily at 6pm until 3am
(NOVEMBER 2007) ATLANTA, GA:
at "Alcove" gallery in Decatur group show. matt created 5 big pandas on the gallery wall... GRAND OPENING friday November 2nd ... MORE info and pics by CLICKING HERE
(NOVEMBER 2007) WASHINGTON, DC:
benefit auction for transformer gallery in DC, november 17th.
(AUGUST - SEPTEMBER) DENVER, CO:
"Animal Farm" SOLO show of Matt Sesow's work at Access Gallery in Denver (part of VSA arts Colorado). August through September 15th 2007 Visit gallery page here.
(AUGUST - SEPTEMBER) WESTHAMPTON, NY:
2nd Annual "Ousider Art in the Hamptons" group show at Gallerie BelAge ... August 3rd through September 14th Visit press release here.
(JULY-AUGUST) NORFOLK, VA:
"PAX ATTAX" two-person show ith Tucson artist Chris Dacre at Old Dominin University. curated by Katherine Huntoon. reception july7th. A show about war. Visit the Show Website here...
(JUNE-JULY) WASHINGTON, DC:
"Art in Heat" group show at Warehouse gallery in Washington, DC. OPENING reception June 30, 7-11PM, Visit the Show Website here...
(JUNE) SOLO SHOW: "Appearances", Rockland MAINE
SOLO of Sesow's work at the "Rougette Gallery": OPENING RECEPTION: Friday May 25th .. thru June 30 (340 Main stret Rockland, ME) Visit the Gallery Website here...
(JUNE) SACRAMENTO
Sesow at the Pamela Skinner Gallery, opens June 5th, reception on June 9th Visit the Gallery Website here...
(JUNE) NEW YORK: "Outside In", at the GAGA Arts Center
OPENING RECEPTIONS: June 9th and 10th Visit the Gallery Website here...
(thru MAY) TWO-PERSON SHOW "DOUBLE-HEADED MONSTER": APRIL 2007, Atlanta, GA
Nozoku Gallery, reception April 27 ... 200 Walker Street (matt will be at the opening reception, showing with fellow dc artist james coleman) gallery website here
MATT SESOW PAINTINGS ON VH1 VIDEO COUNTDOWN:
Matt Sesow's "Misinterpretation" was used on the february 24th edition of the VH1 top 20 video countdown show... ...click here to see the video.
SOLO SHOW: MARCH 2007, San Diego, CA
D Gallery, opening reception March 3rd. 222 Wisconsin Ave. Oceanside Ca (matt will be at the opening reception) gallery website here
NEW YORK CITY: JANUARY 12 - Feb 28 2007
Group show at van der Plas Gallery, "Take Another Look Outside", 89 South Street OPENING RECEPTION friday January 12 6-8PM, OAF weekend party Saturday January 27 8PM gallery website here
JANUARY 2007: ARTROMP #19 (DC):
19TH Annual ArtRomp show at Warehouse in DC. Shock & Awe: "ArtRomp19 at Warehouse"
Dec 31- Jan 27 Opening Reception December 31st 7pm-2am
1021 7th Street NW 202 783 3933 www.warehousetheater.com
JANUARY-FEB 2007 ARTOMATIC (BETHESDA):
Creative Partners Gallery in Bethesda, MD. Matt Sesow was selected with five other area artists to display their work as part of Artomatic at the Creative Partners Gallery. Opening reception Friday night January 12th from 6-9 pm CLICK HERE for gallery website
JANUARY 19TH @ LEFTBANK (ADAMS MORGAN, DC):
Sesow and three other artists will be painting live at Left Bank in Adams Morgan to benefit "Cure Autism Now". Live painting will be auctioned and other Matt Sesow paintings on display available. January 19th 8pm-close
NOW THRU DECEMBER: 1995-2006 VISUAL BIO:
SESOW.COM is being updated with all press and articles from the last 12 years CLICK HERE
OCTOBER: SESOW PAINTS ON STAGE WHILE OPERA COMPANY PERFORMS "DON GIOVANNI":
Matt Sesow painted on stage during the Opera Company of North Carolina's rendition of "Don Giovanni". October 5 and 6. CLICK HERE to read MORE and see the paintings
SOLO SHOW: AUGUST 2007, Denver, Colorado
More Details coming
SEPTEMBER 2006: "SOUL MINING", ALSO REVIEWED IN THE EXAMINER:
A two-man show with apprentice James Coleman. CLOSING RECEPTION, free, September 9th at Studio One Eight in Adams Morgan. CLICK HERE to read more
SEPTEMBER 1 2006: ATLANTA, ALCOVE GALLERY
Sesow and New York City artist Justin Kauffmann will have a show at alcove gallery. opening night september 1st. sesow will be there. CLICK HERE FOR FLiER
OUTSIDER ART IN THE HAMPTONS, AUGUST 2006:
Matt Sesow will be participating with 5 other artists in this show at Tricia's Gallery, 96 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, New York (thru sept. 4th) CLICK HERE FOR THE PRESS RELEASE
31 DAYS IN JULY:
Sesow completed his 20006 '31 days in july' project CLICK HERE to see the results
DC MURAL July 2006:
As part of the first Capital Fringe Festival, Sesow painted a mural at the Warehouse arts complex downtown. (July 21-22) CLICK HERE to see the mural
BANNERS FROM THE FRINGE July 2006:
As part of the first Capital Fringe Festival, Sesow and Dana Ellyn were asked to gather up fellow artists to do a show of paintings done on recycled DC street banners (opening july 18th) CLICK HERE to read more
ARTIST GRANT AWARD:
Matt Sesow has received the Cummings MFA Award for a second time. MORE INFO HERE
JUNE: SOLO ... WASHINGTON DC:
SOLO of Sesow's work at "Asylum" in Adams Morgan. ... Upstairs at Asylum; 2471 18th Street, NW (Now until June/July) CLICK HERE for Asylum's webpage
NEW ARTICLE/INTERVIEW:
"Local artist adds colorful emotion to the District" .... by Christina Martinez CLICK HERE TO READ IT
SHORT FILMS:
... the SHORT FILMS section of sesow.com has been updated with full versions of each Matt Sesow film. CLICK HERE TO SEE IT
REVIEW of Sesow at Hurn Museum:
... from the "Faces of Folk" exhibit in "Connect Savannah" . published Feb 2006 by Bertha Husband. CLICK HERE TO SEE IT
APRIL 8th, WASHINGTON DC:
"The Art of War" at Studio One Eight gallery (adams morgan)...SEE OPENING NIGHT PICTURES HERE ..... MORE INFO BY CLICKING HERE
MARCH 11th, VENTURA, CALIFORNIA:
Days of Action, Calls for Peace .. Nine days of peace actions on the 3rd anniversary of "Shock & Awe." exhibit of Sesow war posters. (sponsered by Peace Coalition of Greater Ventura) MORE INFO BY CLICKING HERE
VISIONARY MUSEUM 'SIDE SHOW' (BALTIMORE):
... Over 100 small paintings by Matt Sesow now available at "SideShow", at the American Visionary Museum in Baltimore
DC STYLE MAGAZINE INTERVIEW:
... DC Style Magazine has an interview with Matt Sesow. January 2006. CLICK HERE TO SEE IT
PHOTOS FROM A SESOW SHOW:
shots from his studio 18 solo show. CLICK HERE
INTERVIEW WITH MATT SESOW:
"Painting from Pain" interview/article on Matt Sesow and his opinion of 'Art Brut' and 'Outsider Art'. Published in October 13th edition of Hartford Courant (Connecticut) newspaper, by Adrian Brune. READ THE INTERVIEW HERE
RECENT INTERVIEW, AUG 2005:
Interview with James Bailey about the state of art in DC, background on Matt Sesow... BY CLICKING HERE
COLLATERAL DAMAGE, PHOENIX
WON BEST EXPERIMENTAL THEATER (June 2005)... READ the press release and article about the show (TEN plays written about Sesow's painting 'collateral damage') BY CLICKING HERE
WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE
Review of Sesow's work included in Museum of Contemporary Art show "What's so Terrible about Being Beautiful?" CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE
COLLATERAL DAMAGE DVD:
You can now purchase a DVD online of all 10 plays from the "Collateral Damage" show in Phoenix... original plays written in response/inspired by Matt Sesow's 8'x9' canvas Iraq-war influenced painting (April 2005). ORDERING INFORMATION BY CLICKING HERE
ARTICLE, VA BEACH:
Read all about the Virgina Beach SOLO exhibition by Sesow BY CLICKING HERE (APRIL 2005)
SESOW AT HURN MUSEUM:
Review of Matt Sesow's painting "Father of the Groom" part of the "Face Dances" exhibition at Hurn Museum (Savannah, GA) CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE (free registration reqd)
"Matt Sesow's "Father of the Bride" threatens to steal the show with its irrepressible expressionistic angst. This 2001 acrylic painting on cardboard is defined by the remarkable violence of its brush strokes, which recall the kinetic force of Jack the Ripper with their razor-sharp slashes and blade-like shredding effect. These kinetic linear forms combine to create a grotesque portrait of an imposing man in a blue blazer and orange tie, dried white mounds of paint forming his monstrous teeth. Sesow's composition is even more impressive with the knowledge that he had one hand amputated in a freak childhood accident. At the age of eight, this self-taught artist was struck by a landing airplane whose propeller severed his arm and resulted in the loss of his dominant hand."
MUSEUM PERMANENT COLLECTION:
painting by sesow, "Volunteer" In the permanent collection of the Folk Artist's Museum in Flat Rock, N.C. (the folk art foundation of NC)
Read the Washington Post Article
on Matt Sesow by CLICKING HERE.


  • Call or write/email in advance to setup a studio visit if interested (Washington, DC).


  • Selected Exhibitions/Awards 2001-2006


    2006:

    Š      SOLO: OCTOBER 2006, REBUS Works Gallery in Raleigh, NC: Featuring the large canvas created as part of his involvment with the Opera Company of North Carolina's rendidtion of "Don Giovanni".

    Š      SOLO: MARCH 2006, SARASOTA FLA: March 1-26th 2006 at “Metamorphosis” gallery.

    Š      SOLO: OCTOBER, Painting onstage during “Don Giovanni” perf. By Opera Company of NC (Raleigh)

    Š      SOLO: MAY-JULY 2006: SOLO of Sesow’s work at “Asylum” in Adams Morgan.

    Š      HURN MUSEUM: “Faces of Folk” group show including Sesow’s perm. Collection piece “Father of the Groom/Bride”. February

    Š      SOLO: at Rebus Works.  Of Sesow’s large paintings from “Don Giovanni”.  November, Raleigh, NC.

    Š      TWO person: with J. Coleman at Studio One Eight in Washington, DC (September)

    Š      TWO person: with Justin Kauffmann at Alcove Gallery Atlanta  (august)

    Š      Group Show: DAVIDSON, NC   “RAW VISION”, at the Merrill - Jennings Galleries

    Š      Group Show: JUNE 2006,  “DEINSTITUTIONALIZED” ERA GALLERY (Wilmington, NC).

    Š      Group Show: JUNE 2006,  DC, REMASTERED GROUP EXHIBITION: @ STUDIO18 DC Morgan.

    Š      TWO Person: JUNE 2006, “DRIVEN” at NEPTUNE GALLERY, BETHESDA  with Dana Ellyn

    Š      Group Show: August, “Outsider Art in the Hamptons”, Tricia’s Gallery, New York

    Š      Mural: Painted 25’ mural as part of DC Fringe Festival (July), Warehouse Arts Complex NW DC.



    2005:

    Š      SOLO: MINNEAPOLIS, MN: July 2005 “look back, sprint forward”: Minneapolis at “Gallery Co.”

    Š      SOLO: WASHINGTON, DC:   OCT. 2005.  “Eye of the Storm” at Studio One Eight in Adams Morgan .

    Š      SOLO SHOW: PHOENIX ARIZONA: APRIL 2005. Sesow’s painting “Collateral Damage (Living Hell)” the inspiration and set design/backdrop of 10 plays written and performed at “Cheap Theatrix”, includes SOLO gallery show of works.

    Š      SOLO SHOW: Atlanta, ‘Guillotine’ Gallery.  30 recent works, May 2005

    Š      SOLO SHOW: Minneapolis, MN, ‘Gallery Co’, August 2005

    Š      SOLO SHOW: Raleigh, NC: “Rebus Works’, September 2005

    Š      SOLO SHOW: Lincoln, Nebraska: ‘HUSKER DU? (do you remember?)’... University PlaceGallery, June

    Š      SOLO SHOW: Virginia Beach, VA, ‘The Barry Robinson Theater Fine Arts Center’, Gallery.  April 2005

    Š      FRANCE: December 17th thru January 9th 2005: “8th Annual International Art Singular Festival” (Roquevaire, France), Sesow’s “Kinsey Crucifixion

    Š      Group Show: New York City, “Off the Beaten Path”  The 2nd Annual Exhibition of New Talent and Old Masters. Ramscale Gallery 463 West Street., Jan. 2005

    Š      Group Show: “Fruit Bowl Show”, Alcove Gallery in Atlanta.. July 29-Aug 30, 2005

    Š      Group Show: DAVIDSON, NC   “RAW VISION”, at the Merrill - Jennings Galleries.  463 S. Main Street, Davidson, NC (May-June 2005)

    Š      Group Show:            CLEVELAND, OHIO, 2 person show... “Learning to Crawl”:  at “Inside-Outside Gallery”. 

    Š      Group Show: “Date Night”, Alcove Gallery in Atlanta.. October 2005 

    Š      Group Show: at the Museum of Contemporary Art (DC).  “What’s So Terrible About Being Beautiful?”, with three other artists.  June 3- July 1st 2005

    Š      Group Show: DC: Martin Luther King Library... “Uptown Boy, Downtown Girl”, MARCH 2005



    2004:

    Š      SOLO SHOW: New York City (east village), ‘Big Cat Gallery’ (“hundreds of recent paintings”), January

    Š      SOLO SHOW: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA,  @ “Nature Visionary Art” GALLERY, April-MAY 2004. 

    Š      SOLO SHOW, windows at 14th and G downtown, 30+ works, Feb - April 2002 (Washington, DC)

    Š      SOLO SHOW: HOLLYWOOD: “the Theater of Note”, Sesow painted the backdrop for the production of ‘f**king wasps’ (5 very large canvas)

    Š      AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM: BALTIMORE (AVAM): 3 paintings (“setting sail with Sesow”, “mars water sample”, “out of water”)  selected for  exhibition “Holy H20: Fluid Universe”... opening October 2004, through October 2005.

    Š      Group Show: CARNEGIE INSTITUTION, WASHINGTON, DC: (Sesow is ‘headliner artist’) ArtView 2004 ... Two paintings from Sesow’s “31 days in July 2004” Carnegie Institution Oct. 23

    Š      Group Show: Washington, DC, ‘anonymous’ at flashpoint gallery DC. June, 2004.

     

     



    2003:

    Š      SOLO SHOW: ‘the ottobar’, March 2003, over 20 works (Baltimore, MD)

    Š      MUSEUM PERMANENT COLLECTION: painting  “Volunteer” In the permanent collection of the Folk Artist’s Museum in Flat Rock, N.C.

    Š      Group Show:  “Art Against War” group show in Mumbai, India in the Grand Atrium of the Majlis Cultural Center (january6-jan21 2004), curated by Frank Shifreen. Sesow had ‘march madness’ and other paintings converted to posters by show organizers (3’x4’ up to 7’x27’) also featured at Macy Gallery, New York City Arts Space-450 Broadway Gallery (june2-sept11, 2003), and at Presbyterian College, In Clinton , SC.

    Š      SOLO SHOW: WASHINGTON, DC:  three solos at ‘Aroma’ in Cleveland Park.. approx. 30 large works on display (May-June 2005, March-May 2003, and 2001) 

    Š      FIRST PLACE (best artist):  25th annual Adams Morgan Festival 2003. September 6-7 , Washington,DC

    Š      JUROR’S CHOICE AWARD: Awarded ‘Best in Show’, national juried exhibition (‘Nobody’s Pushover, etc), at Viewpoint Gallery showing in  Schenectady, New York (May-July 2003)           

    Š      Group Show: “OUTSIDE/IN: Visionary Artists and Virginia Collectors”, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia (Virginia Beach), 2003

    Š      Group Show: ‘Political Bodies’, SEATTLE, WA:  sponsored by CARA (Communities Against Rape and Abuse),  show runs Jan13-Feb23, 2003

    Š      Group Show: “Held Ransom”, Gallery Three, San Pedro, CA (Oct 1 - Nov 2, 2002) 

    Š      Group Show: guest artist, ATLANTA: “10th annual FOLK FEST 2003”  North Atlanta Trade Center.

    Š      Group Show: DC, national juried group show, 3 works selected by ARTOCONECTO, ‘POV’ show

    Š      Group Show: national juried group show, 3 works selected by “The Art of Conflict”,at ‘57 N Fine Art’



    2002:

    Š       “Hell Bound” and “Bunny Collector” in “Revelations and Reflections of American Self-Taught Artists”

    ExhibitsUSA museum exhibit, April 2002 thru May 2005

    Š      Sept 01, 2002 - Oct 20, 2002: The Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock, AK)

    Š      Nov 10, 2002 - Jan7, 2003: Stedman Art Gallery (Camden, New Jersey)

    Š      Jan 28, 2003 - Mar 16, 2003: Southern Ohio Museum (Portsmouth, Ohio)

    Š      June 16, 2003 - Aug 11, 2003: Union College (Schenectady, NY)

    Š      Sept 1, 2003 - Oct 20, 2003: UNLV Barrick Museum (Las Vegas, NV)

    Š      Feb 1, 2004 - Mar 20, 2004: Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art (Great Falls, Montana)

    Š      Apr 6, 2004 - Aug 11, 2004: The Middlebury College Museum of Art (Middlebury, Vermont)

    Š      Sept 01, 2004 - Oct 20, 2004: Hearst Art Gallery (Moraga, CA)

    Š      Nov 10, 2004 - Jan 07, 2005: Loveland Museum and Gallery (Loveland, Colorado)

    Š      Apr 06, 2005 - May 25, 2005: Museum of the Southwest (Midland, TX)

    Š      Jun 16, 2005 - Aug 14, 2005: Art Museum of Southwest Texas (Beaumont, TX)

    Š      SOLO SHOW: ‘CDW’, 30th and M Street in Georgetown: 2002 (Washington, DC)            

    Š      BEST IN SHOW: Awarded ‘Best in Show’, national juried exhibition (‘Before and After’ + 2 others), at Viewpoint Gallery showing in Schenectady, New York (May-July 2002) Curator: Ruth Daly

    Š      2ND PLACE AWARD: “Adams Morgan Day” Washington, DC (Sept 7 - 8, 2002)

    Š      Group Show: “In Response”, national juried exhibition, (“To Hell and Back” and “America Recovers”), SCAD Red Gallery, Savannah GA(Sept4-Nov5 2002) Jurors: Robin Cembalest(executive editor of ArtNews), Jeremy Strick (director of Museum of Contemporary Art, LA)

    Š       “Join Hands” in  “Breaking through the Walls of Bias” ,Hofstra Univ. August 2002 (New York)

    Š      Group Show: “9/11 - Memorial Exhibition”, 291 Broadway at Reade, NYC, (Sept), New York City           

    Š      Group Show: “ARTISTS WITH (dis)ABILITIES”, America Oh Yes!, Washington, DC (Sept 2002)            

    Š      Group Show: “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory”,. Savannah College of Art and Design (-Nov 2002)

    Š      Group Show: “Creativity Gone Wild, Outsider Art Comes In”, Savannah, GA. Savannah College of Art and Design, Exhibit A Gallery (October-Nov 2002)

    Š      Selected pieces represented: May6 thru May 20, Graduate Center of the New School University, 66 5th Avenue (between 13th and 14th Streets) New York City

    Š      Group Show: DC Grant Fellowship show, MOCA Museum, June 2002 (Washington, DC)



    2001:           


    Š      SOLO SHOW: Corcoran Museum “White Walls” Gallery , Washington, DC (2001) , over 45 works

    Š       Gallery 325 (group show) , Washington, DC (2001)




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    1995 through 2001

    
    		Matt Sesow
    		1851 columbia rd nw, #603
    		Washington, dc  20009
    		202-319-1459 
    		
    		www.sesow.com
    
    		Selected Exhibitions/Awards 2001-2006
    		*	SOLO: MAY-JULY 2006: SOLO of Sesow's work at "Asylum" in Adams Morgan. ... Upstairs at Asylum; 2471 18th Street, NW
    		* 	SOLO: MARCH 2006, SARASOTA FLA: March 1-26th 2006 at "Metamorphosis" gallery. 
    		*	SOLO: MINNEAPOLIS, MN: July 2005 "look back, sprint forward":  Sesow's first solo show in Minneapolis at "Gallery Co."
    		*	SOLO: WASHINGTON, DC:   OCT. 2005.  "Eye of the Storm" at Studio One Eight in Adams Morgan .  Sesow will be displayed several of his large and more popular large works ("Collateral Damage", "Kinsey Crucifixion", etc...)   PHOTOS FROM THE OPENING BY BRIAN KNIGHT (CLICK HERE) 
    		*	SOLO SHOW: PHOENIX ARIZONA: APRIL 2005. Sesow's painting "Collateral Damage (Living Hell)" the inspiration and set design/backdrop
    			of 10 plays written and performed at "Cheap Theatrix", includes SOLO gallery show of works.
    		*	AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM: BALTIMORE (AVAM): 3 paintings ("setting sail with sesow", "mars water sample", "out of water") 
    			selected for next major exhibition "Holy H20: Fluid Universe"... opening October 2004, through October 2005.
    		* 	SOLO SHOW: New York City (east village), 'Big Cat Gallery' ("hundreds of recent paintings"), January 2004 
    		*	SOLO SHOW: Atlanta, 'Guilotine' Gallery.  30 recent works, May 2005
    		*	SOLO SHOW: Minneapolis, MN, 'Gallery Co', August 2005   CLICK HERE FOR PRESS RELEASE/POSTCARD 
    		*	SOLO SHOW: Raleigh, NC: "Rebus Works', September 2005   CLICK HERE FOR PRESS RELEASE/POSTCARD 
    		*	SOLO SHOW: Corcoran Museum "White Walls" Gallery , Washington, DC (2001) , over 45 works
    		*	SOLO SHOW: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA,  @ "Nature Visionary Art" GALLERY, April-MAY 2004.  
    		*	SOLO SHOW: WASHINGTON, DC:  three solos at 'Aroma' in Cleveland Park.. approx. 30 large works on display (May-June 2005, March-May 2003, and 2001)  
    		*	SOLO SHOW, windows at 14th and G downtown, 30+ works, Feb - April 2002 (Washington, DC) 
    		*	SOLO SHOW: HOLLYWOOD: "the Theater of Note", sesow painted the backdrop for the production of 'f**king wasps' (5 very large canvas)
    		*	SOLO SHOW: 'CDW', 30th and M Street in Georgetown: 2002 (Washington, DC) 
    		*	SOLO SHOW: Lincoln, Nebraska: 'HUSKER DU? (do you remember?)'... University Place Art  Folsom Gallery, June 2005
    		*	SOLO SHOW: Virginia Beach, VA, 'The Barry Robinson Theater Fine Arts Center',Hunter Hogan Gallery.  April 2005
    		*	SOLO SHOW: 'the ottobar', March 2003, over 20 works (Baltimore, MD)
    		*	FRANCE: December 17th thru January 9th 2005: "8th Annual International Art Singular Festival" (Roquevaire, France), 
    			Sesow's "Kinsey Cruicifixtion" is on display and is an artist representing American self-taught's.
    		*	MUSEUM PERMANENT COLLECTION: painting  "Volunteer" In the permanent collection of the Folk Artist's Museum in Flat Rock, N.C. 
    
    		
    			*	"Hell Bound" and "Bunny Collector" selected for "Revelations and Reflections of American Self-Taught Artists" 
    				ExhibitsUSA museum exhibit, April 2002 thru May 2005 
    					* Sept 01, 2002 - Oct 20, 2002: The Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock, AK) 
    					* Nov 10, 2002 - Jan7, 2003: Stedman Art Gallery (Camden, New Jersey) 
    					* Jan 28, 2003 - Mar 16, 2003: Southern Ohio Museum (Porstmouth, Ohio)
    					* June 16, 2003 - Aug 11, 2003: Union College (Schnectady, NY) 
    					* Sept 1, 2003 - Oct 20, 2003: UNLV Barrick Museum (Las Vegas, NV)
    					* Feb 1, 2004 - Mar 20, 2004: Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art (Great Falls, Montana) 
    					* Apr 6, 2004 - Aug 11, 2004: The Middlebury College Museum of Art (Middlebury, Vermont)
    					* Sept 01, 2004 - Oct 20, 2004: Hearst Art Gallery (Moraga, CA) 
    					* Nov 10, 2004 - Jan 07, 2005: Loveland Museum and Gallery (Loveland, Colorado) 
    					* Apr 06, 2005 - May 25, 2005: Museum of the Southwest (Midland, TX)
    					* Jun 16, 2005 - Aug 14, 2005: Art Museum of Southwest Texas (Beaumont, TX)
    
    		*	FIRST PLACE (best artist):  25th annual Adams Morgan Festival 2003. September 6-7 2003, Washington, DC 		
    		*	BEST IN SHOW: Awarded 'Best in Show', national juried exhibition ('Before and After' + 2 others), at Viewpoint Gallery showing in Schenectady, 
    			New York (May-July 2002) Curator: Ruth Daly
    		*	JUROR'S CHOICE AWARD: Awarded 'Best in Show', national juried exhibition ('Nobody's Pushover, etc), at Viewpoint Gallery showing in 
    			Schenectady, New York (May-July 2003)
    		*	2ND PLACE AWARD: "Adams Morgan Day" Washington, DC (Sept 7 - 8, 2002)
    
    		*	Group Show:  "Art Against War" group show in Mumbai, India (formerly Bombay),in the Grand Atrium of the Majlis Cultural Center (january6-jan21 2004), curated by Frank Shifreen.
    							Sesow had 'march madness' and other paintings converted to posters by show organizers (3'x4' upto 7'x27')
    							also featured at Macy Gallery, New York City Arts Space-450 Broadway Gallery (june2-sept11, 2003), and at Presbyterian College, In Clinton , SC. 
    		*	Group Show: "In Response", national juried exhibition, ("To Hell and Back" and "America Recovers"), SCAD Red Gallery,
    			 Savannah GA(Sept4-Nov5 2002) Jurors: Robin Cembalest(executive editor of ArtNews), Jeremy Strick (director of Museum of Contemporary Art, LA)
    		*	Group Show: New York City, "Off the Beaten Path"  The 2nd Annual Exhibition of New Talent and Old Masters. Ramscale Gallery 463 West Street., Jan. 2005
    		*	Group Show: "OUTSIDE/IN: Visionary Artists and Virginia Collectors", Contemporary Art Center of Virginia (Virginia Beach), 2003
    		*	"Join Hands" selected for "Breaking through the Walls of Bias" show at Hofstra Univ. April-August 2002 (New York) Curator: Marcus Schubert
    		*	Group Show: "9/11 - Memorial Exhibition", 291 Broadway at Reade, NYC, (Sept11-Sept30 2002), New York City	
    		*	Group Show: "ARTISTS WITH (dis)ABILITIES", America Oh Yes!, Washington, DC (Sept5-Nov30 2002) 		
    		*	Group Show: 'Political Bodies', SEATTLE, WA:  sponsored by CARA (Communities Against Rape and Abuse),  show runs Jan13-Feb23, 2003
    		*	Group Show: "Fruit Bowl Show”, Alcove Gallery in Atlanta.. July 29-Aug 30, 2005
    		*	Group Show: DAVIDSON, NC   "RAW VISION", at the Merrill - Jennings Galleries.  463 S. Main Street, Davidson, NC (May-June 2005)
    
    		
    		OTHER Shows:
    		*	Group Show: JUNE 2006,  "DEINSTITUTIONALIZED". although never in an institution, sesow has been asked to participate in this group show featuring people that have used art to heal. at ERA GALLERY (523 S. 3rd street in Wilmington, NC).
    		*	Group Show: JUNE 2006,  DC, REMASTERED GROUP EXHIBITION: @ STUDIO18 in Adams Morgan.  3 Sesow paintings
    		*	Group Show: JUNE 2006, "DRIVEN" at NEPTUNE GALLERY, BETHESDA (SELECTED AS A "CAN'T MISS" PICK FROM THE WASHINGTON POST):  a two-person show Sesow is having with fellow DC artist Dana Ellyn. Both artists bring new works highlighting the american car culture. 
    		*	Group Show:	CLEVELAND, OHIO, 2 person show... "Learning to Crawl":  at "Inside-Outside Gallery".  june 2005
    		*	Group Show: "Date Night", Alcove Gallery in Atlanta.. October 2005  
    		*	Group Show: at the Museum of Contemporary Art (DC).  "What's So Terrible About Being Beautiful?", with three other artists.  June 3- July 1st 2005
    		*	Group Show: CARNEGIE INSTITUTION, WASHINGTON, DC: (sesow is 'headliner artist') ArtView 2004 ... Two paintings from Sesow's "31 days in July 2004" on auction at the Carnegie Institution Oct. 23 to benefit St. John's Community Services., curated by Margaret Bodell
    		*	Group Show: Washington, DC, 'annonymous' at flashpoint gallery DC. June, 2004.
    		*	Group Show: NEW YORK:(6 pieces by Sesow) at NiskArt Gallery (November 7-Dec 12),  closing reception Dec. 12th.
    		*	Group Show: guest artist, ATLANTA: "10th annual FOLK FEST 2003" August 15, 16, 17: North Atlanta Trade Center. 
    		*	Group Show: DC:"Results Gallery" and WPA Corcoran, juried group show: "A Really Big Show", large paintings by sesow and 8 others.  July21-September7, 2003: 
    		*	Group Show: DC: national juried group show, 3 works selected by "The Art of Conflict",at '57 N Fine Art'
    		*	Group Show: DC: Martin Luther King Library... "Uptown Boy, Downtown Girl", MARCH 2005.  FIRST 2-person show with Dana Ellyn.  sesow will be showed
    						large works like 'twisted spine' (from 2003 hollywood kinsey play), 'whole world in his hands' (from 2003 costa rica residency)', and several 'retired' paintings.
    		*	Group Show: NEW YORK CITY: "Art Against War: an exhibition of posters and multimedia" ("March Madness" by sesow):JUNE ,2003 (525 W. 120st Macy Gallery, 440 Macy Hall)  CLOSING PARTY: jUNE 27:"NY Arts Space 450 Broadway Gallery
    		*	Group Show: Capital Region Art Center, Albany New York (July11 - Aug24 2003)
    		*	Group Show: national juried group show, 3 works selected by "The Art of Conflict",at '57 N Fine Art': opening May17, 2003 (7pm), 1701 Kaloram Road DC, (May-June 2003)
    		* 	Group Show: "The b-side", group show, 9+ new framed paintings. (below DCCD in Adams Morgan, 18th street). One night show. Friday, May 30th (8pm-11pm)
    		* 	Group Show: 'OCCOA group show'  at CDW in Georgetown. 30th and M Street in Georgetown (May-July 2003)
    		*	Group Show: DC, national juried group show, 3 works selected by ARTOCONECTO, 'POV' show: opening May2, 2003 (7pm-2am), 1701 Kaloram Road DC, (May 2003)
    		*	Group Show:LINCOLN, NEBRASKA: "University Place Art", (March 2003): "Expression to its Fullest"
    		*	Group Show:Arlington, VA,. feb 2003, juried show at 'Khoja Gallery' ("love and eroticism").
    		*	Group Show:DC: 'Kalorama Emerging Artists' Fair, benefit for 'Mary's center for Maternal and Child Care': 1711 Kalorama Road NW, feb 2003
    		*	WASHINGTON DC: Paintings by Sesow featured at 'Horizon Ballroom' of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
    			Commerative event for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, October 25,2002. 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue (DC)
    		*	Group Show: at the 15th Annual Folk Art Society of America's meeting in Savannah, GA (Oct 3-6, 2002)
    		*	Group Show: "Held Ransom", Gallery Three, San Pedro, CA (Oct 1 - Nov 2, 2002)  http://www.threegallery.com/ransomrelease1.php	
    		*	Group Show: "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory", Savannah, GA. Savannah College of Art and Design (October-Nov 2002)
    		*	Group Show: "Creativity Gone Wild, Outsider Art Comes In", Savannah, GA. Savannah College of Art and Design, Ehibit A Gallery (October-Nov 2002)
    		*	Group show, "America Oh, Yes!", 2002 continuous (San Francisco and Hilton Head)
    		*	BALTIMORE: OXOXO gallery, 'our undies are showing',1617 Sulgrave Ave.,  (Oct5-November 2002)
    		*	WASHINGTON DC: 'Artomatic'group show, Waterfront 401 M Street SW  Oct31-Nov30 2002 
    		*	WASHINGTON DC: 'artist fair on the corcoran lawn'  sunday, oct27 11am-5pm (corcoran museum downtown dc)
    		*	Group Show: Meridian International Art Center, opening receptionfriday sept6 , 'white myer' house 6:30pm(thru sept30 2002), Washington, DC
    		*	Group juried Show: "To the Nth Degree" , Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC (August 8 - Sept 11, 2002)
    		*	Continuous: East End Gallery, Appleton, WI
    		*	Group Show: DC Grant Fellowship show, MOCA Museum, June 2002 (Washington, DC) 
    		*	Group Show 'Splash', 'Imaginge Art' gallery, June-July 2002 (Austin, TX)
    		*	Group Show, 'Stone's Breath' Galery, June-Sept. 2002 (Ocean Vie, DE)
    		*	SOWEBO Festival (100 S. Strickedr St.), Baltimore, MD 11:30-8pm (may 26,2002)
    		*	Selected pieces represented: May6 thru May 20, Graduate Center of the New School University, 66 5th Avenue (between 13th and 14th Streets) New York City  (2002)
    		*	Group Show, "K2 Art", 2002 (Sofia, Bulgaria), continuous 
    		*	University Place Art Center, Wesleyan Laboratory Gallery, continuous (Lincoln, NE) 
    		*	Small works by Sesow at Gallery 325 in Washington, DC (Eastern Market neighborhood) 
    		*	Gallery 325 (group show) , Washington, DC (2001) 
    		*	Works Gallery, San Jose, CA (1997, 1998) 
    		*	Lois Zetter Gallery, Carlsbad, CA (continuous) 
    		*	Sardine, Switzerland (continuous) 
    		*	Very Special Arts, Washington, DC (1998) 
    		*	San Jose Art League Gallery, San Jose, CA (1997, 1998) 
    		*	Art Salon, Outsider Art Fair, Milwaukee, WI (1997) 
    		*	The Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA (1997) 
    		*	Chris Butler Gallery, Branford, CT (1996 - 1997) 
    		*	Aud Art, Wall Street, New York City, NY (1997) 
    		*	Kismet Gallery, San Jose, CA (1997) 
    		*	Works Gallery, San Jose, CA (1997) 
    		*	State Of the Union, Washington, DC (1996) 
    		
    		  
    		
    		Short Film 
    		
    		*	'All Small' show, eyedrum gallery , June15-July21 2002 (Atlanta, GA) 
    		*	MicroCineFest, Baltimore, MD (2001) 
    		*	WPA/Corcoran museum Project Space, Washington, DC (1998) 
    		*	Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC (1994) 
    		*	Bethesda Cinema Draft House, Washington, Washington, DC (1998) 
    		*	Best of PXL This VI," Los Angeles, CA (1997) 
    		*	The Citadel, San Jose, CA (1997) 
    		*	Washington Filmmaker showcase," Washington, DC (1996) 
    		*	Kaleidospace, 1st Place, Experimental Film, Los Angeles, CA (1996) 
    		*	Psychotronic Film Festival, Washington, DC (1993, 1994) 
    		
    		  
    		
    		Publications/ Other Media:
    	
    		*	MAGAZINE COVER/article: "Compass" Magazine, December 2003-February 2004.  published by Leonard Chesire UK
    		*	BOOK COVER: '100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories', by Michael A. Arzen 
    		*	BOOK: Paintings by sesow included in 'Paralysis Resource Guide' by Sam Maddox for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center.
    		*	BigNews (cover and article), New York City, April 2004 
    		*	New Art International, Volume VIII, 2002-2003: Book Art Press, p17
    		*	WASHINGTON DC: feature article in 'Northwest Current News', weekly paper (Oct 9, 2002)
    		*	INTERVIEW: article interviewing Sesow in 'Get Underground' magazine by Star Jewel Smith  (http://www.getunderground.com/underground/columns/article.cfm?Article_ID=663)
    		*	Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art, McFarland Press, Betty-Carol Sellen, 2000 
    		*	BigNews (cover and article), New York City, February 2002 
    		*	Brutarian, No.28, Washington, DC, August 1999 
    		*	San Jose Mercury News, November 1998 
    		*	The Hartford Courant, Hartford CT, January 1998 
    		*	Folk Art Finder, Winter 1996 
    		*	Raw Vision #17, #19, #21, #37 (continuous) 
    		*	Folk Art, Museum of American Folk Art, New York City, Spring & Summer 1997, Winter 1998 
    		*	New York City Gallery Guide, March, April, May, June, and July 1997 
    		*	Art Review Magazine, fall 1997 
    		*	Creating Internet Entertainment, Wiley Publishing, 1997 
    		*	"The Sadist," DVD film box cover art, AllDay Entertainment, (1997) 
    		
    		
    		
    		Lectures 
    		
    		*	TOUCHSTONE GALLERY, DC (SESOW ON OUTSIDER ART) DECEMBER 2005: SESOW lectured at Touchstone gallery regarding the Outsider Art Label, and how it has been used to by some to label his work.
    		*	INDIANA UNIVERSITY: SHORT FILMS OF SESOW, April 10, 2004: SESOW lectured at Indiania Univ. Dept. of Communication and Culture 'Underground Film Series", Room 251 at IU's Radio-Television Center.
    		*	Niskayuna High School Assembly: New York.  short films and art of sesow, May 2003
    		*	Calvert Elementary School Assembly: Lincoln, Nebraska (Sesow's old elementary school), February 2003
    		*	"Voices from the Fringe", lecture on Ousider Art, New School, New York City (May 2002)
    		*	"Galleries in Motion," lecture series on Outsider Art, Madison, CT (1998) 
    		*	"The Short Films of Sesow and the Internet," Georgetown University, Washington, DC (1996) 
    		*	Kaleidospace Featured Artist, Los Angeles, CA (1996) 
    		
    	

    "Matt Sesow's nightmarish portraits possess a voracious brutality that hits the eyes like sand, but embed in the heart with unexpected wonder"
    -- (Timothy Cahill, Albany New York Times Union, 2004)

    "Sesow didn't have any formal art training, but his work is gaining recognition in the small but growing world of so-called visionary art. The genre -- sometimes called outsider art, art brut or contemporary folk art -- groups works by self-trained artists who deal with very personal issues, often their own disabilities... Through his art, Sesow worked through the emotional knots created by his childhood accident.... Sesow's paintings communicate the emotional power of his healing. One of his works in the AVAM exhibit, titled "Out of Water," depicts in loose, abstracted brush strokes and bright colors a scuba diver emerging from water. On his goggles is a line with three crosses that Sesow uses to symbolize the trauma of his childhood accident. For years after his hand was amputated Sesow wore prosthetics, but about a year after he started painting, he gained confidence and stopped wearing his artificial hand. Sesow feels freed now that he doesn't have to try to be and look like something he isn't. ..."
    -- (Cate Hescox, Reuters News, October 2004 read full interview by clicking here)

    "Sesow's explosively colored and powerfuly composed expressionist paintings in this exhibition are broad brushed self-portraits with a compellingly dramatic tension that draws in the viewer. Both 'Setting Sail' and 'Out of Water' capture on canvas and board doubling figures, expressions, and markings-- on the first-- and a powerful head complete with a characteristic Sesow trauma scar marker on the second..."
    -- (Tony Harvey... regarding Sesow paintings at 'Holy H2O' AVAM show, Intowner magazine, Washington DC, Oct. 2004)

    "(Sesow)...is a master of angular lines and jarring color"
    -- (J. Bowers, City Paper Baltimore, Oct. 2004)

    "Every stroke (of Sesow's) is like a cannonball hitting the canvas"
    --(Chris Warner/Alcove Gallery, Atlanta Magazine, 2004)

    "Matt Sesow, whose "Bunny Collector" could hold its own with Grosz, and whose "Hellbound III" posits a universe where Francis Bacon and Edvard Munch are the same."
    -- (Las Vegas Mercury, 2003)

    "The essential appeal of the outsider spirit in art is robustly exemplified by the compelling impact of a Matt Sesow painting. His finest works tend to gather themselves to lunge at you and take root in unguarded channels of emotion"
    --(New Art International, Book Art Press. 2003)

    (Regarding paintings done by Sesow for the Hollywood play 'F**king Wasps' about Alfred Kinsey, by Steve Haskell) "The set consisted essentially of a blue piano and several immense paintings by DC-based artist Matt Sesow, which were commissioned by the director for the production. These complex, savage, allegorical portraits not only represented but actually contained the entire psychological subtext of the play. Their vivid, unsettling presence gave the rigid agony of the performances a context and a dignity that despite their best intentions they might not have achieved otherwise. The art was there to say no, that despite the defenses, controls and masks, inside everyone there is a mass of turmoil and contradiction. The paintings were an integral part of the content of the production, not just its style. The said more about the Kinsey the man than Kinswy ever could. That is exactly what I was looking for at the LA Art show, what I look for all the time now. For art that takes the human condition seriously, and engages with it, even at great risk to itself."
    -- (Coagula Magazine, Hollywood, CA, 2003. Shana Nys Dambrot)

    "Brace yourself. Maybe even toss back a stiff drink before you go. Because to encounter Matt Sesow's paintings is to enter a maelstrom. Undiluted primary colors fly off the wall, blinding, dazzling. Frenetic lines thrash violently. And Sesow's disturbing, distorted images needle and jab.... Viewing the current wall of Sesow's work is like eavesdropping on the artist's ongoing argument with the world. With paint he shouts down and wrestles with his tangled personal and political issues. And we get to watch wide-eyed."
    --(Laura Parsons, from 'the hook', Charlottesville, VA... regarding Sesow's 2004 show)

    "Matt is a true Brutarian, a self-taught painter who, despite having his work extensively shown and written about, has little interest in becoming part of the art network. Sesow appears unconcerned with communicating in the accepted tropes of the professional; he defers to no recognized code, nor to the rules of any recognized idiom. "Crude!" "Unfinished!" "Aberrant!" the boulevardier may jeer, but it may well be that Matt's approach results in a creative range beyond the normal compass of our responses . . .Perhaps not, nevertheless, Mr. Sesow has created a fascinating body of work "
    --Interivew with Matt Sesow from "Brutarian" magazine, issue #28

    "I suppose everybody has experienced some pain and fear in their lives. Just as paintings of pretty flowers and sunsets with horsies make us smile and feel content, I want to paint emotionally charged intense works that cause discomfort or inspire people to challenge themselves. I had some unique physical trauma as a child that got me started on this path... I'm a generally happy person, but I have taught myself to channel anger and intensity in art. The best musicians and painters have done it, those are my heroes."
    --(Interview with Matt Sesow, 2004) READ THE INTERVIEW, BY CLICKING HERE





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