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 currently based in the Pacific Northwest 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, Expected May 2019

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

Student Art Coordinator, Willamette University Studio Art Department, August 2018—August 2019
Coordinator - Sexual Assault Response Allies, Willamette University, August 2017—June 2019
Guest Co-Curator, Salem Art Association, Salem, OR, October 2018-February 2019
Rogers Gallery Preparator, Willamette University Studio Art Department, January 2018—August 2019
Director of Training - Sexual Assault Response Allies, January 2018—May 2018
Director of Membership - Sexual Assault Response Allies, April 2015—May 2017
Summer Camp Assistant, Humane Society Silicon Valley, April 2014—August 2014

Have a Heart, Salem Art Association, Salem, OR May-June 2020 upcoming
The Fine Art of Photography 2019 (Jurors: David DeMelium, Karin Rosenthal, and Paula Tognarelli), Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA May-June 2019 (upcoming)
(Re:Phrase), Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR April-May 2019 (current)
Off the Wall, Columbia Center for the Arts, Mt. Hood, OR May 2019 (current)
62nd National Juried Art Exhibition (Juror: Amiri Farris), Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC May 2019 (current)
There’s Still Life in Still Lifes (Jurors: Linda Eddins, Susan Jones, and David Spector), 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC May 2019 (current)
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