b. 1982





2008-11  Master of Fine Arts / Illinois State University / Normal, IL

2005-07  Preparatory Classes for Masters Program / Appalachian Craft Center / Smithville, TN

2004        Abroad Study of Italian Renaissance Art / Kentucky Institute of International Study / Florence, Italy

2001-05  Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass and Painting / Centre College / Danville, KY



2014        A Thousand Points of Light / Ken Saunders Gallery / Chicago, IL

2013        Moons and Meteors (Solo Exhibition) / Ken Saunders Gallery / Chicago, IL

2012        Original Voices / Ken Saunders Gallery / Chicago, IL

                50 Years of Studio Glass / Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft / Louisville, KY

                 Light... Dense... Dark (Solo Exhibition) / Centre College / Danville, KY

                 50 x 50 / Muskegon Museum of Art / Muskegon, MI

2011        On Perception - Feature Show / Stewart Fine Arts / Boca Raton, FL

                 Glass Weekend ’11 / Morgan Glass Gallery / Millville, NJ

                 Searching and Perceiving (Solo Exhibition) / ISU, University Gallery / Normal, IL

2010        Concerns About Cognition (Solo Exhibition) / Pyro Gallery, Chapman-Friedman Fine Art / Louisville, KY

2009        Volition / Morgan Glass Gallery / Pittsburgh, PA

                 Twenty-fifth Anniversary Invitational / Vespermann-Cooper Gallery / Atlanta, GA

                 Spotlight Exhibition / Prism Contemporary / Chicago, IL

                 The Human Formed / Flame Run Gallery / Louisville, KY

                 Orchid Daze / Atlanta Botanical Gardens / Atlanta, GA

2008       Contemporary Glass Show / University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point / Stevens Point, WI

                 Fourth Annual Invitational / Prism Contemporary / Chicago, IL

                 Visual Texture / (Solo Exhibition) / Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts / Louisville, KY

                 Jarred / Chapman-Friedman Gallery / Louisville, KY

2007        Legacy of Stephen Rolfe Powell / Flame Run / Louisville, KY

                 GLASSWEEKEND '07 / Wheaton Arts / Millville, NJ

                 Third Annual Invitational / Prism Contemporary / Chicago, IL

                 Visual Seduction / Morgan Glass Gallery / Pittsburgh, PA

                 Hot Glass in the Blue Grass II / Lexington Art League / Lexington, KY

2006        Aquarium Invitational / Vespermann Gallery / Atlanta, GA

                 Matthew Cummings: New Work (Solo Exhibition) / Marta Hewett Gallery / Cincinnati, OH

                 Clear Impact / Tobin Hewett Gallery / Louisville, KY

2005        Apparent Fragility (Solo Exhibition) / Danville Arts Center / Danville, KY



2016        Outside Magazine / Interview (feature)

2015        Southern Living / Shop Local (spotlight)

2014        Kentucky Monthly / Cover Feature

                 Daily Mail / Pretentious Glass

                Huffington Post / Pretentious Glass

2011       Pure Uncut Candy: Louisville Are Magazine / July Feature

                Blethering Crafts Online Art Resource / January Interview

2006       Glass Quarterly, No. 106 / Director’s Cut: The Best Work from the Top Glass Program

                Art Alliance of Contemporary Glass / Featured Artist for the Month of July





“In China, Scholar Rocks are called Gongshi.  Naturally formed or ‘sculpted’ stones in surprising shapes and textures, Gongshi have been appreciated by Chinese Literati for more than a thousand years.  To the Chinese scholar, these rocks represented a focus for meditation of philosophic principles and served for contemplation prior to writing poems or painting.”


These works are my scholar rocks, formed first in my mind, then realized by the hand.

The Moon is my personal scholar rock, albeit not in the traditional sense.  I find great satisfaction studying the textures and tones of the Moon.  It speaks to me.  Constantly orbiting a planet so full of life and activity, yet remaining stoic and solitary.


This work is void of the personal, the political.  I am drawn to the monumental, to objects that have consistency in a larger time frame.  The mountain, the moon, the meteor, these things feel pure to me.  My Gongshi are made for contemplation, to study and lose yourself in the quiet color scheme and intricate line-work.  I delight in detailed linear element because it requires the maker to slow down, to reach a place of meditation to execute.


Presented to you are visual definitions of Organic Stoicism.  But this is not a bleak stoicism, it is a deep and meaningful philosophy.  A way of thinking about the world that has been lost in the digital age.  Perhaps it has been stored away in some dusty corner as far back as the Industrial Age.  I look to the comfort of natural consistency, to the purity of its existence, and the impassiveness of nature.  These are the things that anchor my soul.  I hope that you too, will find a quiet moment with this work.


Matthew Cummings


Ken Saunders Gallery

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