2002                         M.F.A. Department of Art Theory and Practice,

                                 Northwestern University

2000                         B.F.A.  Northern Illinois University

Solo & Two/Three Person Exhibitions

2023                     Cosmic Loops, w/ Claire Ashley, Rockford University Art Gallery,                                                                 Rockford, IL

                             Some Of All, Cleaner Gallery & Projects, Chicago, IL

                         Arresting Gestures, Lee Dulger Gallery, South Suburban College,                                                                 South Holland, IL

2021                     Arresting Gestures, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

2020                     SCRAWL, Matt Irie & Daniel Cummings, Left Field Gallery, Los Osos, CA

2016                     Art Works Chicago, Rise Over Run: Featuring Todd Chilton, Matt Irie, & Morgan Sims,

                             Metropolitan Capital Bank, Chicago, IL

2013                     Imaginary Friends, Matt Irie & Geoffrey Todd Smith, Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Center Gallery, Chicago, IL


Odds and Ins, Gallery One & Two, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL

2012                     Lines and Other Curves: Matt Irie & Dominick Talvacchio, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX

2011                     You Are The Vanishing Point, Ebersmoore, Chicago, IL

Spirit Fingers, Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI

Efficacy, Matt Irie & Mark Arctander, Waubonsee  

Community College, Sugar Grove, IL

2010                     House Paintings, Harper College Art Gallery, Palatine, IL

2007                     Potentialities, Unit B Gallery, San Antonio, TX

2006                     Potentialities #4: Drips, Open Studio Program, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023                    Street Sweeper, Cleaner Gallery & Projects Pop-up, Common Wealth Gallery,                                            Madison, WI

2022                    Making Space, The Plan, Chicago, IL

2019                    Good Looks Aren't the Only Thing That Matters, Superdutchess, New York, NY

2018                    NoNonchalant: Abstraction by Ten Chicago Artists, Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, IL

                            SWEET, Golden and Delicious..."Faculty-select and Museum-certified" NIU Studio and DesignAlumni Artists, NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, IL

2016                    23rd Evanston and Vicinity Biennial, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

                             How High?, curated by Ryan Travis Christian & Travis Fish, Left Field Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA

2015                     RTC Presents: 21st Century Lol’s Volume 1, Left Field Gallery,

                             San Luis Obispo, CA

FRIENDS, Mulberry Gallery, Richmond, VA

Hyper/Hypo, It’s All About Things, Port Chester, NY

                             Ducks, Minotaur Projects, Los Angeles, CA

                             (I'd like to suggest) Linger On, Anna Kunz Studio, Chicago,IL

2014                     Ducks, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

                             Rocket Run:Abstractions From Chicago, Nebraska Wesleyan University's Elder Gallery, Lincoln, NE

                             Material Matters, Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Center Gallery, Chicago, IL

35 Years of Public Art, The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Ugly Smile, Peanut Gallery, Chicago, IL

2013                     Nexus 2013, Indoor Sculpture Exhibit, U.T. Downtown Gallery, Knoxville, TN

2012                     2012 Evanston and Vicinity Biennial, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

Where My Cones At? II, POVevolving Gallery, Los

Angeles, CA

Where My Cones At?, Double Break, San Diego, CA

                             Fictional Space: Paintings and Prints by Joshua

                             Bindewald, Matt Irie, & Josh Reames, Contemporary Art

                             Center of Peoria, Peoria, IL

2011                     Write Now, The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

2010                     The Power of Selection, Part 3, Western Exhibitions,

                             Chicago, IL

                             Ah Wilderness!, Ebersmoore, Chicago, IL

Quarterly Site #3: Stay In Your Lane!, Swimming Pool 


Space, Chicago, IL

                             2010 Beloit & Vicinity, Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI  

2009                     Double Take, Organized by the Public Art Fund, MetroTech 

                        Center, Brooklyn, NY

                             LAB09, Lulea Art Biennial, Lulea, Sweden

Control C, Control V, EbersB9, Chicago, IL           

2008                     Vega Estates Presents, Vega Estates, Chicago, IL

TRANS: Visual Culture Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Second Annual International Juried Exhibitiion, Juror, Robert Curcio, The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ

“Texture”, Arts and Literary Laboratory, New Haven, CT

"Perfect", A Group Exhibition, Illinois State Museum, Lockport, IL

"Perfect", A Group Exhibition, Southern Illinois Art Gallery, Rend Lake, IL

2005                    Chicago Sampler, Moser Performing Arts Center Gallery, University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL

 A Friend is a Friend is a Friend”, Axtryx Gallery, San Antonio, TX

"Perfect", A Group Exhibition, Art Museum of The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

"Perfect", A Group Exhibition, The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

2004                    Organically Grown in the Midwest, Purchase College SUNY, Purchase, NY

Collaborations, NIU Art Museum, Chicago, IL

Pay Attention, Four-person show, Unit B Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Rockford Midwestern Exhibition, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

Art Boat 2004, Chicago, IL

Writes of Passage, International Group Exhibition, Heuser Art Center Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

"Perfect", A Group Exhibition, The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

2003                    “Artists on the Map: Between Here and There”, Unit B Gallery, Chicago, IL

                             Art Boat 2003, “Look to the Horizon”, Unit B Gallery, Chicago, IL

Performance Three: The Multiple, Unit B Gallery, Chicago, IL

Collectible, Curated by Julie Charmelo, NIU Art Museum Gallery, Chicago, IL

2002                     The Stray Show, “Out of the Unit Into The Stray Show”, Unit B Gallery, Chicago, IL

305.21 Miles: The Distance Between Us, Dupreau Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001                     Up Up & Away…, The Viewing Room, New York, NY


Samantha Stevens, "Alum Matt Irie's "Arresting Gestures" at Evanston Art Center explores the tension between reality and simulation, The Daily Northwestern, November 22, 2021

New American Paintings, 2020 Featured artists/Recent Work, Open Studios Press, 2020

Heather Joyner Spica, “Artists From Near and Far Herald a New Season with ‘Nexus 2013,’” Metro Pulse, April, 3 2013

Stephen Knudsen, “Chicago Artist Matt Irie: Worth a Second Look,” Chicago Art Magazine, November  14, 2011

The Week, “Where to buy,” September 9, 2011

Ryan Travis Christian, “Artist Interview: Matt Irie,” Interview on, September, 8 2011

Noah Berlatsky, (Reader Recommends) “Matt Irie’s deceptive grid paintings, at Ebersmoore,” Chicago Reader, August 11, 2011

Abraham Ritchie, “Matt Irie: You are the Vanishing Point,” review on, August, 2011

Norbert Marszalek, “Interview with Matt Irie,” Interview on, October, 2010

New American Paintings #89, Midwest Edition, Open Studios Press, 2010

Sculpture Magazine, “Itinerary,” July August 2010

Michael Kaplan, “Art Goes Alfresco,” Celebrated Living, Summer 2010

Celia Shatzman, “Own This City: Relaxing Public Art,” Time Out New York, February 18-24, 2010

New York Magazine, “What the . . . ,” November 9, 2009

Carol Vogel, “Whitney Gets Works by William Eggleston; Playful in Brooklyn,” The New York Times, October 22, 2009

Noah Belatsky, “Control C, Control V,” Chicago Reader, August 15, 2009

Elaine Wolff, “Art Capades,” San Antonio Current, May 23, 2007

Judy Birke, “Message sometimes lost in medium in AL