Matt grew up in Juniata, NE. He attended Hastings College in Hastings, NE as an Art/Biology major. Matt works in a wide variety of mediums, including chalk, metal, glass, clay, and paint. His primary focus in the last 20 years has been ephemeral media such as street painting, as well as snow and ice sculpture.
Matt was been commissioned to do numerous exhibition street paintings at festivals in the Midwest. His work has been featured at the Omaha Summer Arts Festival, Norfolk Ethnic Festival, and Nebraska State Fair. From 2002-2007 Matt was hired by the City of Grand Island to do exhibition work at the Grand Island Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, as well as give public workshops and coordinate judging at the event.
2002-2007 Grand Island Sidewalk Chalk Festival
2002-2011 Omaha Summer Arts Festival
2009 Omaha Riverfront Blues and Jazz Festival
2009 Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books exhibit – Joslyn Art Museum
2009 Omaha Playing With Fire Music Festival 2008 Nebraska State Fair
2005-2006 Norfolk Ethnic Festival 2014 Sarasota Chalk Festival Ice and Snow Sculpture
Throughout the winter months Matt turns his attention to snow and ice sculpture. He is an active member on several snow sculpting teams and has represented the United States in international competition as far away as Harbin, China. Matt regularly sculpts commissioned and exhibition snow and ice sculptures throughout the U.S. He also designs and sells custom snow and ice sculpting tools.
Snow Sculpture Awards
2009 - 3rd Place - US National Snow Sculpture Competition
2011 - Ohm award winner - US National Snow Sculpture Competition
2012 - 3rd place - Harbin International Snow Sculpture Competition, Harbin, China
2012 - 2nd place - US National Snow Sculpture Competition
Guinness World Record for Largest Ice Cream Scoop
June 2014 – Largest Ice Cream Scoop – Matt teamed up with team members from Minnesota Big Snow to create the largest Ice Cream Scoop Sculpture for Kemps.