Matt Kruback

Chair of the Art Department & Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing

Westminster College


Matt Kruback earned his M.F.A. at Arizona State University and his B.F.A. at Colorado State University.

A childhood in the Colorado wilderness inspired a love for and complex relationship with nature and the politics of landscape.  Fueled by the rich traditions of Western landscape painting, European romanticism, and postmodern bile, his work explores the interstitial ether between dirt, life and immortality.

He exhibits his work locally and nationally in juried solo, group and invitational exhibitions.  Recent exhibitions include Drawing Discourse at the University of North Carolina Asheville, Oneironaut at Kayo Gallery in Salt Lake City, and Projections, a solo exhibition at Finch Lane Gallery in Salt Lake City, UT.

Matt Kruback is Chair of the Art Department and Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT.

Panelist: Still Great?: Artists’ Responses to a Lake in Crisis

3:35-4:25 - Friday, May 13th

Title: Sentimentary

Abstract: My practice explores interactions between the natural world and our lived experience.  In particular, I am interested in the underlying languages, experiences, and structures we use to define the physical spaces we inhabit, the materials and resources we commodify, and the mythologies we romanticize.  Building on the problematic tradition of landscape, my work explores not only representations and depictions of space, but the interactions of humans with nature, the ways we image and depict our world, notions of place and belonging, and the problems inherent to our consumption and stewardship of the natural world.