Matthew Meers

Instructor, Scene Laboratory Manager

Fayetteville, AR, USA

Work Experience

University Of Arkansas-Department Of Theatre

Instructor, Scene Laboratory Manager

I manage the daily operations of the scene building shop of the University Theatre. I provide tool operation and safety training for new students. I ensure the timely completion of our theatre set designs for two main performance spaces, the Main University Theatre stage and the Global Campus stage.
July 2016 - Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States

University Of Arkansas-Department Of Art

Adjunct Faculty

I teach Sculpture 1 & 2 as the sabbatical replacement for Bethany Springer. I am also the Shop Tech for the Department of Art.
August 2012 - December 2016 Arkansas, United States

Indiana University

Associate Instructor-X158-Culture of College

I was the instructor of record for two sections of X158-Culture of College. This course was part of the Student Academic Center which is a program for students on academic probation. I was in charge of the daily curriculum loosely based on the class text, On Course. I was also responsible for two Peer Instructors, one for each class, to assign each a part of the lesson to prepare. I designed a number of quizzes, mid-term exams, research projects and many other writing and public speaking assignments. I also facilitated two hour-long workshops per semester on topics of academic success.
August 2011 - May 2012 Bloomington, Indiana, United States

Indiana University

Graduate Assistant-Sculpture Department

Designed and implemented a number of classroom and facility improvements in the McCalla Fine Arts Shop and Sculpture Classrooms.
May 2011 - August 2011 Bloomington, Indiana, United States

Indiana University

Associate Instructor-3D Design

I was the instructor of record for 3D Design, an Fundamentals-level course in sculpture. I designed assignments around a fixed set of materials (Ceramic, steel wire, plaster, wood and cardboard). I gave a variety of formal and informal demonstrations on technique, tool use/safety, lectures and artist presentations. I lead classroom critiques as well as provided written feedback on graded projects.
August 2010 - May 2011 Indiana, United States

Indiana University

Graduate Assistant-3D Design

Maintained al shop equipment, power and hand tools. Ordered and managed daily stocks of classroom materials. Assisted five Associate Instructors as needed with classroom and teach responsibilities.
August 2009 - August 2010 Indiana, United States

Ralph Irwin Studio

Lead Fabricator

Lead Fabricator
Prepared source material (scan images, manipulate and print photographs, scale and transfer drawings)
Designed all correspondence and marketing material
Assisted in the bidding of projects (format and organize design concepts, create material price lists, and provide feedback on design concepts)
Maintained and calibrated all shop equipment
Fabricated from Ralph Irwin's design concepts using many techniques such as: shape carved glass and mirror, hammered die-formed copper, modeled clay for life-sized figurative bronze and relief portraits, carved sandstone, limestone and marble, built custom furniture, crafted light fixtures and other architectural details.
January 2002 - August 2008 Van Buren, Arkansas, United States

Art Form Galleries And Framing

Gallery Coordinator and Frame Shop Production Manager

Gallery Coordinator
Designed the layout and arrangement all artwork (paintings, photography, sculpture, stained-glass, blown glass and cultural artifacts) in a 2000 square foot gallery.
Provided guided tours of the 1886-era gallery for groups from K-12 schools and university classes.
Maintained a two-month rotation of artwork.
Installed solo and group exhibitions
Designed and handled all announcements, media correspondence and publications


Frame Shop Production Manager
Designed custom frame projects, shadow boxes,
Fabricated displays for the Van Buren History Museum, Van Buren, Arkansas
Designed and fabricated a series of archival mounts/shadowboxes/display cases for the University of Arkansas, Boreham Library religious art collection.
Compiled large corporate bids and oversaw their timely execution.
Fabricated all orders, which ranged from individual orders to large corporate orders (hospitals, banks, casinos, etc.)
Maintained a level of productivity to generate nearly $100,000 a year (gross) for the frame shop alone.
January 2002 - August 2008 Van Buren, Arkansas, United States

Creative Art Gallery Framing

Custom Picture Framer

May 1997 - September 1999 Missouri, United States

Education

Indiana University

Master of Fine Arts-Studio Art-Sculpture

August 2009 - May 2012 Bloomington, Indiana, United States

University Of Arkansas

Bachelor of Fine Arts-Sculpture

Senior Scholar
Charles I. Okerbloom Award
Augustus C. and Margaret B. Jennings Endowed Scholarship
Blanche Hanks Elliot Scholarship for Rising Senior
August 2005 - May 2009 Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States

Skills

3D Modeling, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Woodworking, Adobe Sound Booth, Aluminum Casting, Art Installation, Blacksmithing, Bronze Casting, Ceramics, Cubase, Custom Picture Framing, Exhibit Design, Exhibit Installation, Figure Drawing, Figure Sculpture, Furniture Design, Iron Casting, MIG Welding, Mold Making, Plasma Cutting, Portrait Sculpture, Relief Sculpture, Reprousse, Rhino 3d, Stained Glass, TIG Welding, Torch Cutting And Welding, Wood Block Printing, Wood Carving, Wood Lathe,