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Matthew Drissell

Matthew Drissell
Professor of Art

Phone: (712) 722-6373
Email: Matt.Drissell@dordt.edu

Matt Drissell is an Assistant Professor of Art at Dordt University. He has a M.F.A. in Painting from New York Academy of Art and a B.A. from Wheaton College (IL). Matt is also a certified art teacher in Wisconsin and Missouri, having taught middle and high school art for five years in Milwaukee and St. Louis. His artistic interests are wide ranging, from traditional illusionistic representation to conceptual abstraction, often exploring themes of justice and sustainability. He firmly believes in making the visual arts an integral part of local communities, serving on the Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council, and leading community art classes. Matt lives Sioux Center, with his wife Becky, two daughters, and son. They love good books, good music, good food, and spending lots of time together outdoors.


Courses Taught

  • CORE 160 - Art Appreciation
  • Ancient to Medieval Art History
  • Renaissance to 19th Century Art History
  • Modern to Contemporary Art History
  • Painting 1, 2 and 3
  • Drawing 1, 2 and 3
  • Sculpture 1 and 2
  • Secondary Art Teaching Methods
  • Elementary Art Education

Exhibition Record

  • 2015
    • Spring Show, Luther College, Decorah, IA (solo show)
  • 2014
    • Beloit and Vicinity, Beloit College, Beloit, WI (group show)
    • Impressions 2014, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD (group show)
  • 2013
    • Shelf Life, Dordt University, Sioux Center, IA (solo show)
    • The Briar Cliff Review Exhibition, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA (group show)
    • Cell Mates, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ (group show)
    • NYAA 7th Annual Summer Exhibition, Allegra LaViola Gallery, NYC (group show)
    • Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI (group show)
    • Fertile Imagination, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY (group show)
    • Printmaking 2013, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (group show)
    • The Fl3tcher Exhibition, East Tennessee State University, (group show)

Conference Presentations

  • CIVA, 2013, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
    • Paper: Shalom Now! Justice and Contemporary Art
  • Verge: Art & Ethics, 2012, Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C.
    • Paper: Forming Ethics in the Art Studio
  • CIVA, 2011, Biola University, La Mirada, California
    • Paper: The Significance of Art Education in the Digital Age
  • CIVA, 2009, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Paper: New Old Masters? Siedell, Kuspit and Engaging the Art World

Art Work