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Alumnus Spotlight: Matthew Forrest

Matthew Forrest Name: Matthew Forrest

Graduation Year: 2008

Degree Received: MFA Printmaking

Why did you chose to attend WVU?

I chose WVU because I liked being part of an institution that supported my current research in printmaking & outreach. WVU helped me prepare for the parallels after graduation for post-graduate life in the real world by helping me set up and organize internships around the country. Also, the department has an amazing archive of prints, and its proximity to Pittsburgh allowed me to stay connected to what was happening within the arts in our region.

What is your profession now? 

I am the Head of Printmaking & Assistant Professor of Art at Georgia College.

What is your most interesting current/upcoming project?

Matthew Forrest with students from Georgia Academy for the Blind
Currently, I have been working in partnership with the Georgia Academy for the Blind to develop printmaking projects that help expand arts education for students with visual and physical disabilities. This program has been an ongoing community outreach project, and we are entering our third year of research. 

We will be displaying the work produced as part of a grant in Pittsburgh at Assemble Gallery July 2019 

Short film about the project:

How do you feel WVU and the College of Creative Arts prepared you for your career?

Prints from Georgia Academy for the Blind
I originally chose to attend WVU because of printmaking department. During my time there, I’ve was lucky enough to have access to not only my area of study but metal casting, graphic design and so many other important areas of study that now impact my work and practice as an artist every day. My education has given me a solid foundation for a career as an educator and I’m so glad I made the decision to attend WVU.” 

Photos from project with Georgia Academy for the Blind, including prints from the students.