Matt Sellars

Matt Sellars was born in Boise, Idaho in 1970. Raised in Idaho and then moving to Washington state in 1982, Sellars was influenced by the intersection of geography and human endeavor of these areas. In 1988, Sellars moved to Seattle, Washington to attend Cornish College of the Arts, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts focused on sculpture. Sellars has shown extensively in Washington as well as Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

Artist Statement

In my work I am interested in the place where human endeavor and nature meet. Through a number of mediums including wood carving, ceramics, drawing and video I strive to explore the fine edge of our relationship with our environment. The marks of vanished cultures as well as those of our own are of fertile interest to me in documenting survival in a beautiful and harsh world. In my work I find it important to balance the traditional solitude of studio work with aspects that are done in the real world, such as drawing, capturing video or building sculpture from found materials.

Artist Resume


1993 B.F.A., Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA


2016 “Energie” Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016 “Seattle University Artist In Residence Exhibition, Vachon Gallery, Seattle University, Seattle, WA

2013 “Formation” Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA

2011 “Supra tidal,” Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA

2008 “The Empty Quarter,” Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Elemental Landscape,” (two person show) Davis & Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR

“Scablands: Evidence Laid Bare,” Fine Arts Gallery, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, WA

2007 “Common Soil,” Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, Idaho

2006 “Internalscape,” solo project room for The Platform Gallery at the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR

“Diaphaneity,” Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA

2005 “Schematics,” Priceless Works Gallery, Seattle, WA

2003 “Mesa Installation,” Rose Club, Seattle, WA

2002 “Plans for Open Spaces,” Bubba Mavis Gallery, Seattle, WA

1999 “New Work,” Botanica Fine Arts, Emerson Cultural Center, Bozeman, MT

“Over the Counter,” Pound Gallery, Seattle, WA

1998 “Inherent Life,” Spokane Art Center, Spokane, WA

1997 “Matt Sellars: Newspaper Rock,” Fisher Gallery, Cornish College of the Arts

1996 “Drainages: Matt Sellars,” Lead Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Matt Sellars: Recent Work,” Bubba Mavis Gallery, Seattle, WA

1994 “Story Problems,” Room 608, Seattle, WA

1993 “Matt Sellars,” Café Paradiso, Seattle, WA

1992 “B.F.A. Exhibition,” Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

2014 “Knock on Wood” BAM Biennial, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

2011 “Focus 2011Exhibition: Anacortes Arts Festival,” Anacortes, WA

2010 “Critical Messages: Northwest Artists and the Environment,” Boise Art Museum,

Boise, ID

“Kaleidoscope,” Steele Gallery, Gage Academy, Seattle, WA

“Critical Messages: Northwest Artists and the Environment,” Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR

“Critical Messages: Northwest Artists and the Environment,” Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

2009 “The There,” Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA

2007 “Elegantly Frugal…Deceptively Simple,” Schnieder Museum, Curated by Josine Ianco Starells, University of Southern Oregon, Ashland, Oregon

“Sculpture Alumni Invitational,” Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

2004 “Sea Legs,” 1506 Projects, Seattle, WA

“Paperwork,” Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA

2003 “Cornish Alumni Show,” Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, WA.

2002 “Convenience,” Pound Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Overdrawn,” Vital 5, Seattle, WA

“Cheap Thrills: Great Design,” Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

2000 “Soil Art Auction,” Seattle, WA

“Working Title,” Kirkland Art Center, Guest Curator, Heather Dwyer, Kirkland, WA

“Decoys: Contemporary Artists in Wood,” University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

1999 “Small Objects,” Lucia Douglas Gallery, Bellingham, WA

“Box Populi,” Art Space, Seattle, WA

1998 “Small Sculpture,” Lead Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Paper Bash,” Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

1998 “Residual Traces/Resident Shadows: An Exploration of Memory,” Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Reflections (an unconventional self-portrait show),” Pound Gallery Seattle, WA

“Springs Eternal,” Seafirst Gallery, Seattle, WA

1997 “Too Small to Stand on Their Own,” Lead Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Three Seattle Artists,” Florence Hannevold Gallery, Anacortes, WA

1996 “Northwest Annual,” Greg Escalante, juror, Center on Contemporary Art (COCA), Seattle, WA

1995 “East/West,” Fay Jones, curator, Confluence Art Center, Twisp, WA

1994 “Musical Variations,” Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Port Angeles, WA

1991 “Faculty Selects,” Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

1990 “Faculty Selects,” Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

1986 “Artists Under 30,” Touchstone Center for the Visual Arts, Spokane, WA

2015 Seattle University Artist In Residence, Seattle University, Seattle, WA

2007 Aqua Art Fair, Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, FL with The Platform Gallery

2006 Aqua Art Fair, Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, FL with The Platform Gallery

The Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR with The Platform Gallery

2004 The Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR with The Platform Gallery

Beal, Suzanne, “Matt Sellars: Platform Gallery,” Sculpture Magazine, May, 2012

Mudede, Charles, “A River Runs Through It,” The Stranger, May 4, 2011

Grant, Adriana, “Beautiful ‘Empty Quarter’ floats colorful yet sobering messages,” Seattle Post Intelligencer, November 6, 2008

Pence, Elizabeth, “Matt Sellars at Platform Gallery,” Artweek, March, 2009

Bossick, Karen, “Memories, life stages represented in Common Soil” The Wood River Journal, January 17, 2007

Plasse, Sabina Dana, “Art in Common” Idaho Mountain Express, January 17, 2007

Graves, Jen, “Diaphaneity at Platform Gallery” The Stranger, February 23, 2006

Faigin, Gary, “Rich Lehl and Matt Sellars at Priceless Works Gallery” Artdish, June 21, 2005

DeVuono, Frances, “Springs Eternal:Artists Reflections at Seafirst Gallery,” Artweek, March, 1998, pg.34.

Heim, Joe, “Off the Wall, Reflections at the Pound Gallery,” Seattle Times, March 18,1998

Senuik, Jake, “Seeing the Music,” ON CENTER, a publication of the Port Angeles Fine Arts

Center, Summer 1994, Vol. VI, No.2, pp. 1-4.

Microsoft Art Collection
Safeco Art Collection
Fairmount Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan