Art art department

Friday, Matthew

Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.
M.F.A. Indiana State University
B.F.A. University of New Mexico

Graduate Coordinator

Department: Art Department
Office: SAB 204A
Phone: (845) 257-2609

Career History

A committed educator, Friday has taught in a number of different institutions and settings including the State University of New York at Oswego, Empire College (NYC) and Ohio University and now serves as the graduate coordinator and assistant professor of critical studies for the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He has participated in presentations and studio critiques at Mildred’s Lane, the Art Institute of Chicago and Buffalo University.

Teaching Interests

contemporary art, art history, visual and material culture studies, critical theory, systems theory / systems design, post-nature ecology, radical pedagogy, continental philosophy

Research/Creative Activity

Matthew Friday has exhibited in a number of venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art Open Studios, Exit Art Gallery, the University of Buffalo Art Department Gallery, the Cambridge Art Association, 1708 Gallery (Richmond), the University of Rochester Art Gallery, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Center for Contemporary Arts in St. Louis, Ohio State University Urban Art Center, Spaces (Cleveland) and the Indianapolis Art Center. As part of SPURSE, Friday has exhibited at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, ArtSpace in New Haven Connecticut, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Grand Arts, White Columns, the Kitchen, Bemis Art Center and the BMW Guggenheim LAB. His work has been reviewed in October, the New Art Examiner, Dwell and Art Papers and has been included in several catalogs including The Interventionists (MassMOCA) and Experimental Geography (Independent Curators International/Creative Time).

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Friday’s work has been supported with a number of grants including a New York Federation for the Arts Strategic Opportunity Stipend, an Ohio Arts Initiative grant and an Andrew Mellon funded Art and Environment project award through Pitzer College. While at Ohio University Friday was selected of the Excellence in Teaching award (2010).


October. “The Social Art Work”. Co-authored article with David Joselit and Sylvia Kolbowski. Issue 142. Winter 2012.
Journal for Aesthetics and Protest. “Commons Sense”. December 2012.
“An Aesthetics: Towards Co-compositions of the Real”. Chapter in Alternative Nows edited by Amber Hickey. Fall 2012.
College Art Association’s Art Journal. “Apparatus for Sensing Temporality” Collaborative publication with SPURSE. Winter 2009.

Committee Memberships & Professional Organizations

SUNY New Paltz:
Graduate Council
Graduate Committee on Art

Professional Organizations:
College Art Association