Mr. Jonathan helps students of all backgrounds explore structural and symbolic ways to use elements such as dots, lines, shapes, forms, etc. in space over time.
In fact, Mr. Jonathan has taught key artistic concepts and conventions at public schools, museums, and galleries here in the Pacific Northwest since 2012.
Mr. Jonathan earned his B.F.A. in Studio Art (summa cum laude) from Washington State University where he was named Outstanding Senior, Top Ten Senior, and Executive Member of the Year for 2016. Prior to receiving his M.F.A. in 2019, Mr. Jonathan was recognized for his interdisciplinary research, gallery service, and effective educational efforts, including becoming a finalist for the University of Idaho’s Alumni Award for Excellence.
Formerly a Marketing Director, Mr. Jonathan worked in the horticultural industry for two decades delivering numerous talks, presentations, and consultations on New Media and Visual Merchandising to independent nurseries and garden centers throughout the Western U.S.
Beyond researching visual music movements in America like Synchromism, which precluded Abstract Expressionism in the U.S. by a generation and differs crucially from its European counterpart, Orphism, Mr. Jonathan also likes to play bass, golf, and is fond of fashionable “foodies.”
Mr. Jonathan’s interdisciplinary work as an abstractionist perpetuates “tradigital” approaches to constructing sights out of sounds and vice versa. Please visit his online portfolio at www.JSMatteson.com for more.
Mr. Jonathan believes that art making and appreciation in group settings are constructive social practices because they cultivate community since classmates must demonstrate civility, collaboration, creative problem solving, visual literacy, critical thinking, and empathy.