Biography: Matthew Szösz

Matthew Szösz
Matthew Szösz

Matthew Szösz approaches materials with an innate impulse to alter, build, and investigate. As an artist using glass as his primary medium, he creates performance-based experiments, and the resulting works have been unexpected and boundary-pushing. Says Szösz, “Many of my works start from a basis of ‘un-likeliness.’”

Szösz holds a master’s of fine arts degree in glass, and has held residencies at international institutions, including the Danish Royal Academy; Canberra Glass Works; the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion; Nagoya Institute for the Arts; and Pilchuck Glass School. In 2011, he was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant and, in 2009, he was awarded the Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award. He has exhibited in solo and group shows across the United States and presented Pursuits, a solo exhibition, in Nagoya, Japan.

In 2012, Szösz was selected by the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution as one of the top young craft artists in America for the exhibition 40 under 40.

During his 2014 Residency at The Studio, Szösz plans to investigate the intersection of glass, sound, and culture. Through the construction of glass instruments—“or at least sound-producing objects”—he will focus on creating sounds both pre-planned and discovered in the moment during the investigations.