Matthew David Jensen is a visual artist who works with everyday experiences of individuals—both their own and other’s—to highlight the often sweet-yet-bitter aspects that come with our everyday existence. Utilizing a multimedia approach of photography, performance, sculpture, and drawing they explore bodily interaction with the physical world and the conscious experience. 'What does it feel like?' is the question Matt keeps returning to and keeps trying to find new forms to express. They are interested in testing the boundaries of media through an interdisciplinary approach that combines multiple forms to explore themes of lived experience and sensation.
Matthew Jensen attended Willamette University in Oregon for their BA in Studio Art and is based on the West Coast of the USA. In 2018 Matt was an Inaugural Fellow for the Shuchat Arts Fellowship with Willamette University, culminating in the solo exhibition, Have A Heart, at the Willamette University Art Gallery. Matt’s recent work includes curating the show On Love & Rage in February 2019 at Salem Art Association and a group show, (Re:Phrase), March thru May at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon.


B.A., Studio Art, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, 2020

Joy Lorrain Hayhurst Award, Willamette University, 2019
Honorable Mention–3rd Annual Student Juried Art Show, Willamette University Art Gallery, Salem, OR–Juror: Michael Hernandez, 2019
Verda KM Young Subvention Grant, Willamette University, 2019
Shuchat Arts Fellowship, Willamette University, 2018
Jason Lee Award, Willamette University 2014

The Fine Art of Photography 2019 (Jurors: David DeMelium, Karin Rosenthal, and Paula Tognarelli), Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA May-June 2019
(Re:Phrase), Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR April-May 2019
Off the Wall, Columbia Center for the Arts, Mt. Hood, OR May 2019
62nd National Juried Art Exhibition (Juror: Amiri Farris), Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC May 2019
There’s Still Life in Still Lifes (Jurors: Linda Eddins, Susan Jones, and David Spector), 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC May 2019
3rd Annual Student Juried Art Show (Juror: Michael Hernandez), Willamette University Art Gallery, Salem, OR April 2019
International Juried Photo Competition (Juror: Rusty Leffel), R.G. Endres Gallery, Prairie Village, KS April 2019
Have A Heart, Willamette University Art Gallery, September 2018 (SOLO SHOW)
Narrowly Mended (Curators: Tropical Contemporary), Eugene, OR, Sept 2018
Fractals of Identity Show (Curators: Byron J Kimball & Kai R Blevins), Salem Art Association Annex, 2018
End of Semester Art Show, Willamette University Art Department, May 2017, December 2017, May 2018
2nd Annual Student Juried Art Show (Juror: Laura Butler Hughes), Willamette University Art Gallery, 2018

“I [Can] Hear You”, interviews with contemporary performance artists, produced in collaboration with Professor Chelsea Couch and ARTS 399: Performance Art, Willamette University, Spring 2018