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In Gallery Opening: 2021 Rutsch Award Winner Matthew Cole Solo Exhibition

May 15, 2021

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Matthew Cole, Quarantine (2020). Acrylic on Canvas. 60 x 84 in.


Pelham Art Center is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the work of Matthew Cole, 2021 recipient of the Alexander Rutsch Award for Painting. 

Join us for the in gallery opening reception where the Rutsch family will present Matthew Cole with his $7,500 cash prize.

Matthew Cole is a New Jersey born artist who lives and works in New York City and Paris, France. He received his BFA from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) in 2010, and has exhibited in galleries in New York City, Paris, Philadelphia, and Cortona, Italy. Cole completed a 2018 artist residency in Okayama, Japan, and was the 2020 Artist in Residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, AZ.

Cole employs traditional painting and preliminary printmaking methods to interpret memories of actual and subconscious events – amalgamations of real life and fantasy, often stemming from profound personal experiences. The processes of layering and distorting are instrumental in conveying emotion in his work. The artist uses composite imagery to represent the fragmented nature of memory, narrated through personal as well as familiar references from art history.



Join our other free events:

Virtual Opening Reception: Thursday, May 20th 6:00pm
Matthew Cole Virtual Studio Visit: Monday, June 14th 6:00pm



Matthew Cole solo exhibition on view May 15th through June 26th, 2021

This event is free and open to the public. Learn more about the exhibition here



The biennial Alexander Rutsch Award and Exhibition for Painting is a juried competition open to U.S.-based artists age 19 and older. Pelham Art Center proudly sponsors this competition and award honoring the memory and artistic achievement of artist Alexander Rutsch (1916 – 1997). Rutsch actively supported Pelham Art Center for more than 25 years. After his death, friends, family and supporters established a generous fund to support a biennial, open, juried competition in painting. Now in its 10th year, Sarah McKenzie was selected from among ten finalists and 467 total applicants from across the country to receive this prestigious award.



Pelham Art Center gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.

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