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Matt Bodett

2019 The MacDowell Colony Fellow /  2017 University of Illinois at Chicago Fellow
Visual Arts

Matt Bodett received his MFA from Boise State University in 2011, and taught printmaking there until he moved to Chicago in 2013. Since moving to Chicago he has played an active role in disability advocacy and utilizing artwork to open dialogue around mental health. As a visual artist, poet, and performance artist Matt has had opportunities to share his work at many venues throughout the Chicago including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater, The Poetry Foundation, Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Evanston Art Center, Gallery 400, and many other locations. His printmaking has been featured in the 3rd Global Print exhibition and the 9th Douro Biennial in Douro, Portugal, as well as print exhibitions in Tehran, Iran; Milan, Italy; and Oslo, Norway. Matt teaches at Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern University, and is on the advisory board for the Institute for Therapy Through the Arts based in Evanston, IL.

In 2005 Matt was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder. This diagnosis set in motion the questions he has asked himself since, and it is those questions which fuel his visual and performative acts of art. For more about Matt or to view his art please visit

Featured Artworks

  •  Matt Bodett artwork From "After Ingres"
  •  Matt Bodett artwork From "costume designs for the insane"
  •  Matt Bodett artwork From the performance "is: si ng"
  •  Matt Bodett artwork Delusions (form is emptiness)
  •  Matt Bodett artwork Monu Mental

Matt Bodett has crowd-funded a project with 3AP

  • we are, we are

    • $5,047 raised of $5,000 goal
    • 0 Days 0:00:00 LEFT
      • 3Arts matched
      • 101% funded

    My project, we are, we are, seeks to change the conversation we have about mental health. Since having been diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder myself, in 2005, this project is both personal and deeply needed socially. Too often people with mental …

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