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Faculty Profile: Darrell Matsumoto


Darrell Matsumoto
Director, Visual Arts Programs and Gallery
Assistant Professor of Photography
Office: Miriam Hall 107
Office Hours: 
Monday: 3 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m.
And by appointment 
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fine Art and Design, University of Hawaii, Manoa, 1980
Master of Fine Arts, Photography, Rhode Island School of Design, 1982 
Born in Hilo, Hawaii, Darrell Matsumoto is widely acclaimed and exhibited, and is in such collections as the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, William Benton Museum of Art, Franklin Furnace Archive at MoMA, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Light Work, En Foco Collection, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. He earned his BFA in Art from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and his MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is currently the Director of Art Programs and Gallery at Anna Maria College, after spending over a decade teaching at Chester College of New England, serving as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography, Media Arts & Design. He has also taught at Rhode Island School of Design, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Roger Williams University, Hamilton College and University of Vermont.

Matsumoto has served as a juror for the State of Connecticut Individual Artist Fellowship, photography category. He has also juried several photography exhibitions in Rhode Island and New York state.

Matsumoto has been invited as a Visiting Critic at several universities and colleges to review and critique student work including the Interior Design Department at Rhode Island School of Design, School of Architecture, Art & Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University, and the Art Department at the University of Rhode Island.

Matsumoto has been the recipient of an En Foco New Works Photography Award, a Diverse Forms Artist Project Grant, and a Light Work Photographers Grant. He has also received national and regional awards for his photographic work.

Courses Taught at Anna Maria:
Introduction to Computer Graphics
Digital Photography I
Digital Photography II
Advanced PhotoMedia
Junior Seminar in Art
Senior Seminar in Art
Senior Evaluation in Art
Research Interests:
As an artist I am an observer – maker. Sometimes I begin with a concept, an idea. Sometimes I begin with an object, found, bought, or received. Sometimes I begin with a word, a phrase, a recollection, or a story. Wherever one begins – the idea, the object, or words – they find their place in the work. It is imperative that as a practicing artist, I am in constant research mode, I am always reading, looking, observing. Another critical aspect is to cultivate your intuition. How do you grow your process? You must be in a constant state of making. The third, perhaps the most important is patience.

I attempt to make work that can engage and seduce, to report, to explicate. Making work that engages the viewer on multiple levels is critical to me. I am interested in making metaphors. I admire the elegance of haiku, however I am drawn to opera. If it were possible the synthesis of haiku and opera is the work I aspire to make.
One Person Exhibitions:
Landscapes and Narratives, Recent Photographs by Darrell Matsumoto, Art Center Gallery, Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA 2013
Pictures for the New Millennium: Constructed Photographs 1999-2009, Chester College Gallery at Wadleigh Library, Chester, NH, 2010
Darrell Matsumoto, Constructed Photographs (1989-2009), Knight Campus Art Gallery, Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, RI, 2009
New Fiction, Darrell Matsumoto, Wright Gallery, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI 2002
Constructed Photographs and Other Fabrications, Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI, 1994
Darrell Matsumoto, Anderson Gallery, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA, 1990
Darrell Matsumoto, Steuben Park Gallery, Utica, NY, 1989
Darrell Matsumoto, Silver Bullet Gallery, Providence, RI, 1987
Constructed Photographs, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI, 1986
Darrell Matsumoto, Millhouse-Bundy Performing and Fine Arts Center, Burlington, VT, 1985
Darrell Matsumoto, La Serre, Providence, RI, 1984

Two Person Exhibitions:
Silver Eye Center for Photography, Member Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, 2003
Photographic Resource Center, Klebenov Gallery, Boston, MA, 1998
Amsterdam Galerie, Newport, RI, 1995
Prototypes and Queries, Emerson Gallery, Clinton, NY, 1990
Society for Contemporary Photography, SCP Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 1988
Temple Habonim Gallery, Barrington, RI, 1987
Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 1986

Photographic work and writing in selected publications:
“New Delta Review”, Winter 2006, Vol. 23, No.1, cover and portfolio (from Florida Suite), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

3rd Photography and Digital Image Biennial”, catalogue, pg. 9, Wellington B. Gray Gallery, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, NC, 2003
“What is Art?”, Le Millennium, No. 26, 1999, Japan
“Portraiture”, pg. 5, Quix Arts Magazine, Vol.7, No.2, Fall/Winter
“Contemporary Art in Rhode Island,” Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, exhibition catalogue, 1994
“Photography Now,” juried publication, Center Quarterly #54, Vol 14, no. 2, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY, 1993
Between The Sacred and Profane: Somewhere on the Beach of Life, text and photographs by Darrell Matsumoto, offset book, 1992
"Rhode Island Photography: Three Decades of Tradition and Innovation," Newport Art Museum, exhibition catalogue, 1992
CONTACT SHEET #71, Light Work, Syracuse, NY, 1991
"Munson-Williams-Proctor, Photography Annual," catalogue, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Museum, Utica, NY, 1990
"Prototypes and Queries," catalogue, Emerson Gallery, Clinton, NY, 1990
Published article, Photographic INsight, "Providence: A Tradition and Photo Mecca," Journal l, Number 2-3, Winter/Spring, l988, pp. 44-45
"Alternatives '88" Video catalogue of exhibition, Athens, Ohio, l988
“The Constructed Photograph" exhibition catalogue, Hera Gallery, 1986, Wakefield, RI
"Current Works 1985", exhibition catalogue, Shawnee Mission, KS 1985
"Alternatives '86" exhibition catalogue, Athens, OH 1986
"Alternatives '85" exhibition catalogue, Athens, OH 1985
"Portfolio 1981" Photographic portfolio, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
"Views" May 1981, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
"Honolulu Magazine" June 1980, award, Honolulu, HI
"No'o No'o Hawaii" 1979 A Photographic Portfolio, Honolulu, HI