This lecture is designed for beginners who are interested in developing an appreciation for modern art. This discussion will cover the artists and movements that shaped art in the middle of the 20th century. From Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art, this class will explore the major issues and essential artists that defined Modern Art. This is an open presentation that will encourage questions and group discussion. This is ideal for anyone looking to establish a basic understanding of what modern art is, how to appreciate it, and why we still care about it today. This lecture can be taken individually, or as a sequence.
Matthew Shelley is from the Pacific Northwest and did his undergraduate work at University of Oregon. He received his MFA from American University in 2010. His work has been exhibited widely throughout the US, and is included in international and regional collections at the Nes Residency Program in Iceland and the American University Art Museum in Washington, DC. From 2012 to 2015, He taught classes in painting, drawing and visual design at Moravian College. Shelley's work has recently been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, and at Rhode Island School of Design.