Bio

Isabel Mattia is an MFA candidate at Rhode Island School of Design. She studied at SAIC for a post-baccalaureate semester in 2016 after receiving her Bachelors Degree from Brown University with a double concentration in Visual Art (with honors) and Africana Studies. Her work has been exhibited in the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, New Bedford Art Museum, The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University, and the David Winton Bell Gallery. She is a recipient of the Marlene Malik Grant for Sculpture and the Roberta Joslin Award for Excellence in Art.

Mattia lives on a nascent farm in rural Rhode Island, and works in her space within Smokestack Studios in Fall River, Massachusetts. She is an artist fabricator and welding instructor at the Steel Yard in Providence, RI. Her art practice is informed by her work as a birth doula She has worked as Dedee Shattuck Gallery's gallery manager and lead curator, as a teaching and artist assistant for artists Paul Myoda and Charlotte Hamlin. Mattia has led arts workshops at Curvin-McCabe school in Pawtucket Rhode Island and in the Adult Correctional Institute in Cranston, Rhode Island.

 

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EDUCATION

2017-2019 (in progress)

2016

2007-2011

2010

 

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI; MFA Sculpture

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Il

Brown University, Providence, RI; BFA, Visual Art (with honors) & Africana Studies

School For International Training; Ghana, West Africa; Social Transformations & Cultural Expression (Spring Semester)

HONORS 

2018

2016

2011

2011

Mass MoCA’s Assets for Artists professional development grant

Distinguished Merit Scholarship, School of The Art Institute of Chicago

Roberta Joslin Award for Excellence in Art

Marlene Malik Grant for Sculpture

EXHIBITIONS (Artist)

2018

2018

2017

2017

2016 - present

2016

2016

2015

2015

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2010

2010

2010

Paolino Properties, Pop-up show, Downtown Providence, RI, In Close Proximity

Hunter Gallery, St. Georges School, Middletown, RI, trace/erase (solo)

Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA, Isabel Mattia, Elena Bria, and Timothy Powers Wilson

Sakonnet Collective, Tiverton, RI, Padraic Manning, Isabel Mattia, and Stephen Kinnane

Dedee Shattuck Gallery Sculpture Garden, Westport, MA, Efflorescence, Permanent Installation

Tiverton Four Corners Art Center, Tiverton, RI, Steel and Space

Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA, The Determined Line

Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA, Smokestack at the Narrows

Gustin Gallery,  Dartmouth MA, Thoughts and Processes

The River Project, Dartmouth MA, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Slocum's River Reserve

The Art Drive, Westport, MA, studio tour exhibition

Gratitude Harvest Music and Art Festival, Dartmouth, MA, Outdoor Sculpture

Brown University List Art Center, Providence, RI, Disquiet; (solo) 

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts,  Providence, RI, Dream Objects; (solo) Honors Undergraduate Thesis

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI, Brown University VISA Class of 2011 Group Show

David Winton Bell Gallery,  Providence, RI, 31st Annual Student Exhibition* Jurors- Lucky Leone and Olive Ahyens

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI, Opening Exhibition for the Granoff Center

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI, American Dance Legacy Institute- Mini Fest

New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA, Friends Academy Alumni Exhibit

Brown University List Art Center, Providence, RI, Second Honors Student Exhibition

Brown University List Art Center, Providence, RI, First Honors Student Exhibition

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 - Present

2017 - Present

2014 - Present

2011-12,  2015

2011 - 2015

2014

2013

2010- 2011

2010

2009-2011 

 

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI: Teaching Assistant.

Rhode Island School of Design, Center for Arts and Language Providence RI: Writing Tutor.

The Steel Yard, Providence RI: Instructor, and Designer/Fabricator for Public Projects.

Brown University, Providence RI; Sculpture Teaching Assistant for Paul Myoda

Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA: Lead Curator

Roger Williams University, School of Architecture, Art & Historic Preservation, Bristol, RI: Guest Critic

Studio Assistant to Charlotte Hamlin, New Bedford/Fall River, MA

RiverzEdge Arts Project: Mobile Studio, Pawtucket, RI; Mobile Studio Art Teacher

RiverzEdge Arts Project, Woonsocket, RI; Summer Intern

Brown University Women’s Space in Prison for Arts and Creative Expression, Providence, RI;  Program Coordinator and Workshop Facilitator

PUBLICATIONS

2006

Cover Illustration, Connolly, J.F. Last Summer. Providence, RI: The Providence Athenaeum for the Philbrick Poetry Award, 2006.