Matthew Dols

Matthew Dols

I investigate my relationship with the 'material world' and how that material culture affects my 'inner narrative.

M.F.A. in New Genre, San Francisco Art Institute, 2001
B.F.A. in Photography, Corcoran College of Art & Design, 1998
B.A. in Studio Art, University of Iowa, 1995

Associate Professor of Photography, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland, USA 2017 – present
Assistant Professor of New Media, College of Art and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE 2012 – 2017
Visual Communication Technology Instructor, Bowling Green State University – Firelands, Huron, OH 2009 – 2011
Executive Director, CreativeWilmington, Wilmington, NC 2005 – 2009
Art Critic & Photojournalist, Wilmington Star-News & Encore Magazine 2003 – 2008
Photography Adjunct Faculty, University of North Carolina Wilmington, NC 2002 – 2004
Photography Adjunct Faculty, Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC 2001 – 2003
Executive Director, Tabula Rasa, Wilmington, NC 2001 – 2005
Art Buyer & Preparator, Cameron Management Company, Wilmington, NC 2005-2009
Private Photography Instructor, Wilmington, NC 2001-2009
Gallery Coordinator / Curator, Jernigan Wicker Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA 2000-2001
Gallery Co-Director, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1999-2000
Visual Design & Sales, Banana Republic, VA, CA & NC 1998-2000

2017 re:de:construction – al Fonoun Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2015 Sentimentalist – Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, New York
2014 Sentimentalist – Premio Ora Prize Winner, Italy
2006 Nothing but a Journey – Tyler Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2003 Ironic Detachment –  SimmonsWright Art Gallery, Wilmington, NC, USA
2002 SOLO – Claude Howell Gallery, Wilmington, NC
2002 New Works – Caprice Bistro, Wilmington, NC, USA

2017 Celebrating 20 Years, No Boundaries USA Alumni Exhibition, Acme Arts Studio, Wilmington, NC, USA
2016 Noah’s Ark, Sharjah Art Museum, 34th Annual Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Arts Society (EFAS), Sharjah, UAE
2016 Moments, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2016 Skin, Celeste Prize Award, Florence, Italy
2016 Human Body, Life Framer, Virtual, curated by Sarah Hadley
2015 Royal College of Art Secret Dubai Exhibition, Art Dubai, UAE
2014 Aperture Summer Open, Aperture Gallery, New York City, NY, USA
2013 Dialogue between Modern Art and Ancient Crafts, Al-Fahaidi, Dubai, UAE
2013 CMYK, Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai, UAE
2011 Art Takes London – Online
2011 The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show – Grunwald Gallery of Art, Bloomington, IN
2011 Photography Now – The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
2011 Portraits – The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
2011 Juried Show – Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Edge Gallery, Denver, CO
2011 Pose and Gesture – PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2009 Past is Present – Mackall House Gallery, Vienna, VA
2007 Printed in Beauty! – Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
2007 One Cause – Second Glances Gallery, Richmond VA
2005 10th Annual Photo Exhibition – Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
2003 A Fair of the Heart – Fayetteville Arts Council, Fayetteville, NC
2002 Entre Luces Y Sombras – Galeria de Arte Rene Portocarrero, Havana, Cuba
2001 Photography – Jernigan Wicker Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2000 Juried Exhibition – Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 Toronto International Art Fair – Jernigan Wicker Fine Arts booth, Toronto, Canada
2000 MIX Exhibition – Mills Building, San Francisco, CA
1998 3 a.m. – Hemicycle Gallery, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
1997 Looking Overseas – Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
1997 Nudes – The Art Guild, Farmington, CT
1997 ACE in the Place – Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD
1997 Sensuality – Washington Center for Photography, Washington, DC
1997 Small Works Show – Eklektikos Gallery, Washington, DC

2017 Lucina, Red and Black Issue, Nakid Magazine
2017 Sentimentalist – The Independent Photographer, Feb 2
2017 Irene – Impossible Polaroid,, January 27
2016 Blonde Spirit,, March
2016 Re/De Construct, Papercut Magazine, January
2015 The story behind the gigs that helped launch the legend of Eva Cassidy, The Washington Post, December 10
2015 Egoist, Hacid Magazine, October 11
2015 Glowing, NIF Magazine
2015 On High, 180 Magazine
2015 Belfast PhotoFestival Instagram Residency, Belfast, Ireland
2014 Impossible Project, Czech Republic, Menhouse magazine
2014 On the Banks, The View Magazine, December
2014 Aneta, Jute Magazine, October
2013 The Beautiful Whisper, Supermodel Magazine #10, October
2013 Portfolio Edition, F-Stop Magazine, September
2012 Expose Yourself, Encore Magazine, June 27
2012 B.S.* Bathing Suits, Encore Magazine, May 23
2012 Katy Perry tribute hopes to make its own fireworks, Wilmington Star-News
2012 Spring Theory, Encore Magazine, March 14
2012 Beautiful Creatures, CastlesCouture Fall/Winter 2012 Fashion Look book
2012 Creative Quarterly, The Best of Art and Design, Issue 27, New Talent & Fine Art
2012 Behind the Rainbow ‘The Tragic Life of Eva Cassidy’, by Johan Bakker
2003-2008 Wilmington Star-News, editorials and portraits
2008 American Style Magazine, ‘Public Art’, page 44, June
2008 Wilma, cover and editorial, August
2008 Private Showing Magazine, cover and editorial, Fall
2007 Southern Living Magazine, page 24, March
2007 MovieMaker, page 118, Winter
2006 Focus on the Coast Magazine, July
2001 ‘Kiss’ book with author Tom Robbins
2001 Entertainment Weekly, page 22, April 20
2001 US News and World Reports, page 61, February 5
2001 Billboard Magazine, page 105, January 20
1997 Audio CD “Eva Cassidy, Eva by Heart”, Liason Records
1998 The Washington Post Magazine, March, May, and August
1996-1998 The Washington City Paper

AlSerkal Corporation, Dubai, UAE
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The First Annual Printable Principles of Dialogue Print Portfolio, New York
Estate of Walter Hopps, Houston, TX
Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
DeYoung / Legion of Honor Museum, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, San Francisco, CA
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
No Boundaries Artist Colony, Bald Head Island, NC

2006 Lectures to educate the art-buying public, Wilmington Star-News, April 6
2006 The wise and foolish work of Kevin Peddicord, Exhibition review, Wilmington Star-News, March 23
2006 Beauty and Destruction, Exhibition review, Wilmington Star-News, July 20
2006 Rachel Willoughby’s work is cool to look at, but why?, Exhibition review, Wilmington Star-News, June 15
2006 Artshak is the culmination of years of determination, Gallery review, Wilmington Star-News, June 1
2006 Atkinson’s mysterious women reference art history while remaining thoroughly modern, Exhibition review, Wilmington Star-News, March 2
2006 Walls Gallery is using renovations, lectures to educate the art-buying public, Wilmington Star-News
2006 Chad Pierce tackles many media, Exhibition review, Wilmington Star-News, February
2003 Nobody tells me what to do, Exhibition review, Encore Magazine, January 15
2002 Redding’s kinetically energetic but not-too-serious works, Exhibition review, Encore Magazine, October 24
2002 Kruczkowski at Phoenix, Exhibition review, Encore Magazine, September 12
2002 New Perspectives on Art in Wilmington, Art Criticism, Encore Magazine, August 29
2002 Marley, Marijuana, and Mays, Exhibition review, Encore Magazine, August 22
2002 Cathartically controlled chaos, Wayne McDowell exposes the traumas of life, Exhibition review, Encore Magazine, December 4
2002 Unity, strength, presentation, Exhibition review, Encore Magazine, November 14
2002 Mood, Idea, Presentation, three critical elements to a successful art show, Encore Magazine, September 24
1998 When Chuck Met Eva – Washington Post
1994 Pictorialist portraits, Exhibition review, The Picture Professional, page 8, Issue 3

2015 Innovation Week Exhibition, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2011 Exhibition Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of ‘Blue Velvet’, photographs of Peter Braatz, Wilmington, NC

13 things we love about the arts, John Staton, Wilmington StarNews, Wilmington, NC, 2014
Art for the Masses gets new life at UNCW, Ben Steelman, Wilmington StarNews, Wilmington, NC, 2012
’20 Days Over 20 Years’ is a look at love, Jay Lacy, Encore Magazine, 2012
Artful Reunion – Art for the Masses finds a permanent home, B. Turner, Wilmington StarNews, Wilmington, NC, 2012
Off The Cuff – Cape Fear Community photo shoot, Shea Carver, Encore Magazine, 2012
Making Music: Teenage Dream, A. Lisk, Wilmington StarNews, 2012
Fine Print: July Book Reviews, A. Anagnost, Focus on the Coast Magazine, 2012
Valuable Virtue, Sarah Richter, Encore Magazine, February 8, 2012
Approval sought for Wilmington arts council, Ben Steelman, Wilmington Star-News, January 17, 2011
Sculpture marks new public art era in Old Wilmington, Ben Steelman, Wilmington Star-News, January 12, 2011
Difficult economy shutters Wilmington arts nonprofit, Ana Ribeiro, Wilmington Star-News, February 20, 2010
Wilmington sculptor’s Pedestrian Art metal pieces are playful, introspective, Brian Tucker, Wilmington Star-News, January 12, 2010
Art for the Masses offers artists, public unique opportunity, Carmen Rodriquez, Wilmington Star-News, November 17, 2009
Creative Wilmington director Matt Dols leaving Port City, John Staton, Wilmington Star-News, July 28, 2009
Pedestrian Art series features figures made from natural, manmade materials, Alison Harney, Wilmington Star-News, June 23, 2009
Wind-powered, steel sculptures on display downtown, Alison Harney, Wilmington Star-News, February 4, 2009
Artists take their work to the masses, Chris Mudarri, Wilmington Star-News, November 22, 2008
Event features affordable artwork from 250 local artists, Megan Shepherd, Wilmington Star-News, November 19, 2008
Accessible Art, John Staton, Wilmington Star-News, January 31, 2008
2008 Hot List, Shea Carver, Encore Magazine, June 4, 2008
Art and Capitalism, Lauren Hodges, Encore Magazine, November, 2007
Young designers create styles for the ‘Masses’, Jess James, Wilmington Star-news, November 17, 2007
After a 2-year hiatus, Art for the Masses is back, bringing the power of purchasing art to the people, Amanda Greene, Wilmington Star-News, November 15, 2007
Beauty for sale, Amanda Greene, Wilmington Star-News, November 15, 2007
The year in Fine Arts, Isabel Heblich, Wilmington Star-News, December 27, 2007
Bringing the Creative and community together, David Howell, Focus on the Coast, pages 96- 97, January, 2007
The Most of Wilmington Art, Doug Pendergrass, Encore Magazine, December, 2006
New Sculptures Settle in Downtown, WHQR 91.3 FM public radio, Megan Williams, October 15, 2006
Paint Outside the Lines finally runs out of ink, Amanda Greene, Wilmington Star-News, September 28, 2006
City ponders inclusion of calendar on its Web site, Ben Steelman, Wilmington Star-News, June 23, 2006
Downtown Designs, 2006 Amanda Greene, Wilmington Magazine, pages 58-61, May
Art Town Meeting reveals GWACA’s ambitious agenda, Amanda Greene, Wilmington Star-News, February 23, 2006
Photographer Matthew Dols ‘ Many Ventures, WHQR 91.3 FM public radio, Megan Williams, February 2, 2006
Gone Dark, Amanda Greene, Wilmington Star-News, January 22, 2006
Tabula Rasa turns a page, Brittany Butcher, Wilmington Star-News, January 4, 2006
Changes under way at Tabula Rasa, Cameron Art Museum, Amanda Greene, Wilmington Star-News, December 22, 2005
It’s time to get Creative, Wilmington, Amanda Greene, Wilmington Star-News, November 17, 2005
Art for the Masses IV calls it quits, but is its mission accomplished?, Amanda Green, Wilmington Star-News, September 22, 2005
Photography as art, Jenni Harris, Focus on the Coast Magazine, June 2005
Photography as an art form, Ania Welin, Encore Magazine, June 2005
50 most influential people in the arts community, Ania Welin, Encore Magazine, July 2005
Group looking to place sculpture in public places, Amanda Greene, Wilmington Star-News, May 12, 2005
Top 50 community leaders, Amy Hotz, Wilmington Star-News, March 30, 2004
Sharing interests and ideas, Ania Welin, Encore Magazine, September 8, 2004
Storefronts are slow to go artistic, Rachel Wimberly, Wilmington Star-News, June 30, 2004
Local art with Matt Dols and Tim Jones, Kelly Southerland, The tonic, March 23, 2004
Dols uses open space downtown for art, Amanda Greene, Wilmington Star-News, February 12, 2004
Ones to watch in 2004: Up-and-coming artists for the year, Amanda Greene, Wilmington Star-News, January 1, 2004
Does pricing determine Art’s worth?, Amanda Greene, Wilmington Star-News, December 4, 2003
Artist directory a must, says Dols, Amanda Greene, Wilmington Star-News, June 12, 2003
Saturday show has no frills, just art for the masses, John Staton, Wilmington Star-News, March 28, 2003
Photographer wants to tell stories, teach craft, Amy Hotz, Wilmington Star-News, January, 2002
SimmonsWright adds modern style to gallery scene, Amanda Greene, Wilmington Star-News, September 27, 2002

Portfolio reviewer at Photography Live, Dubai, UAE, 2016
Photoworld Dubai – “Introduction to Lightroom” workshop and ‘Impossible Project, Polaroid reinvented’ lecture for the attendees of the conference.
‘I am Nat Geo Photographer’, National Geographic Abu Dhabi Television, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (International).  I was invited to be a judge on a reality television show on National Geographic Abu Dhabi Television called ‘I am Nat Geo Photographer’. We filmed 6 episodes all over the UAE in February 2014. The show aired in June – July 2014.
Regional artist grant jurying, Was the juror for the Regional Artist Grant for the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County Arts Council, 2014
Attended workshop with Jock Sturges in France, 2013
Presenter at Slidefest XI, Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai, UAE, October 30, 2013
History of Photography Lecture, Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai, UAE, October 7, 2013
Presenter at Pechakucka Volume 3, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, UAE, September 28, 2013
Speaking of Photography Series: History of Photography Lecture, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, UAE, April 17, 2013
Bookbinding Workshop, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, UAE, January 22, 2013
No Boundaries Artist Colony, Bald Head Island, NC 2006
Guest Lecturer in
 Professional Practices at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington 2004-2005
Anderson Ranch Workshop, Large Scale Digital Printing, 2001

2018 – 34th annual Photo Review International Photography Competition – winner of web exhibition ‘women’
2016 – Honorable Mention, Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA) in the category of Fine Art.
2016 – Honorable Mention, Neutral Density Photography Awards in the Fine Art: Abstract category
2016 – Honorable Mention, Neutral Density Photography Awards in the Fine Art: Conceptual category
2016 – Honorable Mention, The Prix de la Photographie
2016 – Honorable Mention, Moscow International Foto Awards in the Abstract category
2016 – Honorable Mention, Life Framer, “THE HUMAN BODY” photography competition
2016 – 1st Place in International Photographer of the Year Award in the Professional Abstract Fine Art category
2015 – Silver star award in the “People: other category”, Neutral Density Photography Award
2015 – Bronze star award in the “Fine Art: book category”, Neutral Density Photography Award
2014  – Critical Mass 2014 – Finalist.  Portland, Oregon, USA
2014 – Honorable Mention in the “Fine Art: book category”, Neutral Density Photography Award
2014 – Honorable Mention in the “Advertising: Fashion” category, Neutral Density Photography Award
2014 – Bronze Star Award in the “People” category, Neutral Density Photography Award
2014 – Honorable Mention – Moscow International Foto Awards