Matthew Cherry


*somewhereX - a gay mormon portrait project - "because we exist" . I am looking for LGBTQ mormons (active, inactive or excommunicated) to document in titan-sized portrait paintings to show strength in solidarity, to portray the beauty and worth of individuals who have been able to weather feeling like an outcast or worse, due to being "other than" the norm and who have managed to get to the other side, through extraordinary sheer will and determination where they now experience peace, happiness, and wholeness living their truth despite a culture's unwillingness to accept and embrace, let alone tolerate or understand. 


Cherry received his BFA from Northern Arizona University where he began painting as a figural artist exploring domestic narratives. After having received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he attended with the Presidential Fellowship, he set up his studio practice and began to exhibit in and around Chicago and the Midwest at galleries such as Lyons-Wier, Gescheidle, and fifty-50. He has taught and guest lectured at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Chicago, Ox-Bow, The Evanston Art Center, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and the Art Institute of Boston @ Lesley University. His solo exhibition at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design debuted his titan-sized nude portraits entitled “someBODIES”. He has served as the Dean of English, Fine Arts and Humanities at South Suburban College, and the Academic Dean at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. He is currently serving as an Associate Professor, Chair of Fine Arts & Foundations, and the Sr. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Lesley University College of Art & Design (formerly the Art Institute of Boston.) His work has been featured in New American Paintings Volume #s 35, 47, 59, and 81 and more recently in Poets and Artists in the July and Sept issues in 2012.