Matthew Courtney was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Springfield, PA. After graduating from Philadelphia College of Art, he received his MFA from Kent State University, where he studied with Kurt Mangus. He began his teaching career at The Cleveland Institute of Art, and since returning to Philadelphia in 1995 has continually served as an adjunct instructor at many of city’s most prestigious art programs, including Tyler School of Art, University of Pennsylvania, and The University of the Arts. During this time, Courtney has been showing his work in Philadelphia and at various national and international juried and invitational exhibitions. Courtney is a current Center for Emerging Visual Artist visual fellow and has been artist in residence at Lanzhou City University in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Most recently, he has exhibited his work at the James Earl Carter Gallery, Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus GA, Cherry Street Pier Philadelphia PA and the Mount Airy Contemporary: Intuitive Art Space in Manayunk PA. He currently lives in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife, the artist and educator, Jackie White.