Matthew Friday 

5 Rita Street. New Paltz, NY 12561

email: matthewfriday68(at) websites:



1997-1998                      Whitney Museum American Art Independent Study Program.

1995-1998                      Indiana State University, Department of Art. M.F.A.

1992-1994                      University of New Mexico, Department of Art. Studio Arts. B.F.A.



2010-present      State University of New York at New Paltz. Associate Professor of Critical Studies and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Art

2006-2010          Ohio University. Associate Professor, Department of Art

1998-2006          State University of New York at Oswego. Associate Professor, Department of Art




William Paterson University Gallery. “Breaking Bread: Artists Explore Food Practices”. SPURSE Collaboration. Wayne, NY. November – December.

Sharjah Biennial Tamawuj. “Upon A Shifting Plate”. SPURSE collaboration. Beirut, Lebanon. October.

O+ Festival. “Eat Your Sidewalk”. Collaboration with Mary Jane Nussbaum of Wild Earth. Kingston, NY. October

Dorsky Museum. “Undercurrents: The River as Metaphor”. Curated by Livia Strauss. New Paltz, NY. June-July.


RedBull Studios. “Fun Problems with Smart People”. Exhibition and book launch by Fathomers. October.

Agrarian Trust Symposium and Exhibition. “Our Land 2: Tracing the Acequia Commons”. Santa Fe. New Mexico. Summer.

Gallery Bergen. “Tipping Points: Artists Address the Climate Crises”. Group invitational exhibition organized by Amy Lipton. Paramus, New Jersey. February.


Wave Hill. “Field Notes: Matthew Friday, David McQueen, Michelle Stuart”. Three person exhibition. September – November. Bronx, New York.

White Box. “Imaginary Archive”. Curated by Gregory Sholette. September – November 26. Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Aarhus Kunsthall. “Dump: Making and Unmaking in the Anthropocene”. Group exhibition with SPURSE collective. August – September. Aarhus Denmark.

San Diego Art Institute. “Universal Dissolvent. Fragments from the Southern California Megalopolis”. Group exhibition with SPURSE collective. March-April.

Flux Factory. Kitchens and Capitalism. Group Exhibition. Philadelphia, PA. December.

Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. “Traces in the Dark”. Curated by Liz Park. Group exhibition. Philadelphia, PA. Feb 4 – March 22.

Pitzer College. “Multi-Species Commons”. Campus-wide environmental initiative, gardens and urban design project funded by Andrew Mellon Art and Environment Grant. Completed in January. Claremont, CA.


Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art. “Home ECOnomics: communal housekeeping for the 21st century”. Curated by Danielle Giudici Wallis. Group Exhibition with SPURSE collective. Rancho Cucamongo, September 8 – November 22

Queens Museum. “Open Engagement: Everything is Downstream”. Group exhibition co-curated by Linda Weintraub. May 17.

The Kurbas Cener. “The Imaginary Archive”. Group exhibition curated by Gregory Sholette. Kyiv, Ukraine.  Spring.

Hessel Museum of Art. “The Development”. Group exhibition curated by Jocelyn Edens (CSC Bard). Bard College. April – August.


Poughkeepsie City Center. “Indiscrete Circulations/Common Currents”. DEC sponsored event, collaboration between SPURSE, Clearwater, SUNY New Paltz MFA program, Children’s Media Project and Poughkeepsie High School. November 2013-May 2014.

<rotor> center for contemporary art. “The Imaginary Archive”. Group exhibition curated by Gregory Sholette.
Graz, Austria. Sept – Nov.

Guggenheim Museum. “Participatory City”. Group exhibition with SPURSE collective. Oct –Dec.

Pitzer College. “Eat Your Sidewalk”. Solo performance/exhibition with SPURSE collective. Claremont. CA. October.

Transformer. “A Modest Occupation”. Group exhibition. Washington, DC. September-October.

ThreeWalls. “A Modest Occupation”. Group exhibition. Chicago, IL. June-August.

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. “Fields of Vision” Group faculty exhibition. New Paltz, NY April-June.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center. “Eat It”, Group exhibition with SPURSE collective. Rochester, New York. April 4 – May 12.


Franklin Street Works. “Working Alternatives” Group exhibition. Stamford Connecticut. December.

Salina Art Center. “Streams of Consciousness: The Histories, Mythologies, and Ecologies of Water” Group exhibition with spurse collective. Salina, KS. December-March.

Issue Project Room. “Species of Place” Brooklyn, New York. February.


Guggenheim BWM Lab. “Live Feeds”. Invitational exhibition with spurse collective. August 3 -October 16.

MDW Fair: Visual Arts Landing in Chicago. Group exhibition. Chicago, IL. April 23-24.

Regional Relationships. “A Map Without Boundaries” Invitational mail art project and traveling exhibition. February – March.

1708 Gallery. “The Liberty of Empire”. Solo exhibition. Richmond, VA. January 7-February 12.


International House Video. “Homeland”. Curated by Colette Copeland. Pittsburgh, PA. January 15 – March 5.

Spaces. “In A Most Dangerous Manner”. Curated by Steven Lam and Sarah Ross. Clevland, OH. January 29 – March 26.

Galeria Arsnel. “Bodies of Dispersion”. Curated by Denise Carvalho. Group exhibition with spurse collective Bialystok, Poland May 21 – June 30.

The Kitchen. “Undercurrents: Experimental Ecosystems in Recent Art”. Curated by Whitney ISP curatorial fellows. Group exhibition with spurse collective. New York, NY. May 27-June 19.


Pierogi 2000. Drawing Flat files. Brooklyn, New York.

ROYGBIV. “Matthew Friday and Anjali Srinivasan” Two Person Exhibition. Columbus, OH. November-January.

Bemis Art Center. “Mobile Apparatus for Temporality Research”. Solo exhibition with spurse collective. Omaha, NE. June 26 – September 5

Indianapolis Art Center. “ReUse/ReOrder” Group exhibition. February-April.

Grand Arts. “DeepTime/Rapid Time” Solo exhibition as part of spurse collective. February-April.

Experimental Geography. Touring exhibition organized by Nato Thompson of Creative Time. Group exhibition with spurse collective. Albuquerque Museum of Art, Carnegie Mellon University.

Riffe Gallery.HERE And Beyond: Ohio Art League’s 100th Anniversary Exhibition Columbus, OH. July – October. Juried by Margo Crutchfield.


Pittsburgh Contemporary Art Center. Solo Exhibition. Pittsburgh, PA. November – January.

Ohio State University Urban Arts Space. “What Time is This Place”. Columbus, Ohio. July – September.

Ingenuity Festival. “Crooked River in the First and Third Persons” Group exhibition with spurse collective. Cleveland, Ohio. July


Bowling Green State University Art Gallery. “Heroes” Three person exhibition. August 31-September 30.

Grand Arts. “From the Fat of the Land: Alchemies, Ecologies, Attractions”. Group exhibition with spurse. Kansas City, MO. April 7 – July 27.


Indianapolis Museum of Art. “Sub-merging”. Group exhibition with Spurse. Indianapolis, IN. June-December.

Public Art: Moving Site. Group exhibition with Spurse collective. Venues include Artspace in New Haven Ct and Cambridge Arts Council in MA. January-May.


ReConvene. Indiana State University Art Gallery. Invitational exhibition. Terre Haute, Indiana. October.

Schweinfurth Memorial Art Gallery. “Made In New York”. Regional juried exhibition. Auburn, NY. July.

Harnett Gallery. New York Invitational. University of Rochester. Rochester, New York. February-March.

MassMoca. “The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere” Collaboration with Spurse. Curated by Nato Thompson. North Adams, Mass.

SUNY Buffalo Art Department Gallery. Two Person Exhibition with Becky Kinder. Buffalo, New York.

Cambridge Art Association. National Juried Exhibition. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Center for Contemporary Art in St. Louis. “Supermarket 2003”. National Juried Exhibition., St. Louis, MO.

Department of Space and Land Reclamation. National Invitational Exhibition. Collaboration with Society for Representation of Society. Juried by Nato Thompson. Chicago, IL.

Whitney Museum of American Art. Independent Study Program Open Studio Show. New York, NY.



AL-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East. “Mud, rocks on menu in Beirut for Sharjah cultural event”. Review of Sharjah biennial by Florence Massena. October 31, 2017. 

Brooklyn Rail. “Tough Acts to Follow” By Suzaan Boettger. November 5, 2016.

Hyperallergic. “On the Maidan Uprising and ‘Imaginary Archive’ in Kiev” by Gregory Sholette.

July 16, 2014.

Ukranian Pravda. Review of Imaginary Archive. May 4, 2014.

The Design Observer Group. “Infrastructure Tourism” by Shannon Mattern. July 1, 2013.

Third Text. “Artists’ Platforms for New Ecologies” by Emily Scott. February 2013.

Domus Magazine. “There are Other Worlds”. Review of Alternative Nows publication by Ethel Baraona Pohl. November 2012.

Inhabit New York City. “SPURSE & the BMW Guggenheim Lab Explore NY’s Most Astonishing Post-Natural Landscape”. Rebecca Paul. September 9, 2012.

Bad at Sports. “Critical Regionalism”. Satinsky, Abigail. May 25, 2011.

Richmond Art Gallery Examiner. “The Liberty of Empire”. Barnabi, Rebecca. January 6, 2011.

October. Fall 2009, No. 130: “Questionaire on the Contemporary” by Yates McKee. October 2009.

Art Papers. “spurse’s expanded field: research, systems, collective activism and participation” by Jennie Klein. October 2009.

Living Green. “Everyday Objects Reordered as Art” Review of ReUse/ReOrder exhibition by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp. January 2008.

Art Lies. “Spoilsports, Mavericks and Heretics: Play as Repositioning” Review for San Antonio Contemporary Arts Month. September 2006.

New Art Examiner. “The World is Ours”. Review of DSLR group show. Chicago, Illinois. September 2001



Problems and Provocations: Grand Arts 1995-2015. Chapter on SPURSE’s DeepTime project. Published by Grand Arts. October 2016.

Undercurrents: Experimental Ecosystems in Recent Art. Ed. by Anik Fournier, Michelle Lim, Amanda Parmer, Robert Wuilfe. Whitney Museum Curatorial Program exhibition at The Kitchen. 2010.

Here and Beyond. Essay by Margo Crutchfield, senior curator at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art. Catalog for the 100th Anniversary Exhibition of the Ohio Arts League. 2009.

DeepTime/Rapid Time. Essay by Stacy Switzer, artistic director at Grand Arts. Catalog for Deep Time/Rapid Time exhibition. 2009.

Experimental Geography. Essays by Nato Thompson, Jeffrey Kastner and Trevor Paglen, with contributions from Matthew Coolidge, Iain Kerr, Lize Mogel and Damon Rich. 2008.

Useful Pictures. Edited by Adelheid Mers. Catalog for Whitewalls exhibition. 2008.

From the Fat of the Land: Alchemies, Ecologies, Attractions. Essays by Stacy Switzer, artistic Director of Grand Arts. Catalog for From the Fat of the Land Exhibition. 2007.

The Interventionists Users’ Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life. Ed. Edited by Nato Thompson and Gregory Sholette. Catalog for MassMoca exhibition. 2004.