Luke Matjas

Professor of Art and Design
Chair of Art and Performing Arts, California State University Channel Islands


MFA, University of California, Santa Barbara

BA, University of California, San Diego

Solo Projects:

The Young People’s Guide to the Woodland World, Broome Gallery, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

Trail Work, McNish Gallery, Oxnard College, CA

That Great Rock Mass is Called the Earth, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA

A Swirling Cloud of Dust and Gas Like This, curated by Jason Tannen, CSU Chico University Art Gallery, Chico, California

Man Bread Destiny, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California

The Natural Sciences Re-Mixed, Solo project in the Museum of Ventura County Booth, The Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, California

The Golden Age of L.A. Brea: Death Trap and Treasure Trove, Gallery 1434, Santa Barbara, California

In Conquest of Action, Sushi Performance and Visual Art, San Diego, California

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Peace on Earth, Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA

Free Range, The 40 Year Anniversary of Jeffrey Vallance’s Blinky the Friendly Hen, California State University Northridge Art Gallery, Northridge, CA

Duets, Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, CA

Face to Face, Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, CA

2012-2015 (Traveling Exhibition)
Ignite! The Art of Sustainability, Curated by Kate Davies
Participating Institutions:

Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah, CA

UC Merced, Merced, CA
Longmont Museum, Longmont, Colorado
Museum of History and Art, Ontario, CA

Arte Americas, Casa de Cultura, Fresno, CA
Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA), Pasadena, CA

UC Davis Design Museum, Davis, CA
Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
Humboldt State University Art Gallery, Arcata, CA

Print x Print, Bleicher Gallery, Curated by Sung-Hee Son, Los Angeles, CA

Liquid Assets: Perspectives on Water, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
Analog to Digital,  Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), Los Angeles, California
Deep, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA), selected by Grace Kook-Anderson, Santa Ana, California

Draft, 643 Project Space, curated by Monica Furmanski, Ventura, CA
LACDA Top 40, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), selected by Reggie Woolery, Los Angeles, CA

Backyard, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Between Heaven and Earth: Entre Cielo y Tierra, curated by Anna Bermudez, The Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, California
Digital Art LA, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), selected by Howard Fox, Los Angeles, California

Hang on to Your Ego: Visions of California through Skateboard Art, Palm Gallery, Camarillo, California
Paris/America, Dessins et Peinture, Val du Grace Gallery, Paris, France
New Perspectives, Palm Gallery, Camarillo, California

Draw, Paper, Scissors, curated by Meg Linton, Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, California
Drawing Advanced, curated by Dane Goodman, The Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California

Interpretation and Innovation, Palm Gallery, Camarillo, California

Tradition and Technology, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, California

Close/Distance, Perch Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

Art in Motion III, Luna Park, Annual International Festival of Time-Based Media, Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Objects May Appear, Frumkin/Duval Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Objects May Appear (II), Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Ridley Tree Center, Santa Barbara, California

Halftime! At the Old Gym, The Old Gym, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California
Christian Dinosaur, curated by Jeffrey Vallance, Umea, Sweden

Fossil Hall (Featuring The Basement Jaxx), The Casbah, San Diego, California


Joshua Tree National Park, Artist in Residence (Fall 2015)


The Museum of Ventura County


Art Ltd. Magazine, "That Great Rock Mass is Called the Earth" review by Charles Donelan, May/June issue
ArtScene Magazine, review by Diane Calder, May
Ventura County Reporter, "When Worlds Collide" by Emily Dodi, April
Gallery Talk, Carnegie Art Museum, April

KCDZ 107.7 FM, discussion of Artist-in-Residence activities, Joshua Tree National Park

Interview, NorthState Public Radio/KCHO 91.7 FM, Weekend Showcase, 3/14/14 (Click HERE to listen in a new window)
Chico Enterprise Record, "Artist Shapes Colorful Daze through Large Scale Prints" by Angel Huracha, March

Interview, Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) Member Newsletter
Insight Talk, Artist Lecture at PMCA, October
Artforum: Critics' Pick: Los Angeles, Ignite! The Art of Sustainability, Annie Buckley, November
Drive the District, Interview with Maxine Nunes, Los Angeles, November
"The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Practice" (image feature), by Sarah Brophy and Elizabeth Wylie, Altamira Press

Santa Barbara Newspress/Scene Magazine, "Stocking the Treasure Chest" (Cover Story/Image) by Josef Woodard, August
Santa Barbara Independent, "Five Fresh Takes" by Elizabeth Schwyzer, August
Artweek.LA, "Analog to Digital" by Rex Bruce, July
Arts Digital Magazine, "Analog to Digital July
Bunker Hill Magazine, "Analog to Digital," by Dale Youngman, July

Fronteras de la Noticia, "Cielo y Tierra Sobre el Arte" by Linda Jimenez, August

Ventura County Reporter, "California Thinkin" by Matthew Singer, December

Art on Paper, "Draw, Paper, Scissors" by Peter Frank, September
The Los Angeles Times, “What This Group Can Do with Paper” by Leah Ollman, June
Casa Magazine, "Drawing: Advanced," January
The Channels, "Atkinson and Contemporary Art" by Silvia Gilman, February
Santa Barbara Newpress, "Prep Work Turned Finished Product" by Josef Woodard, February

Santa Barbara Newspress "Contrasting Artistic Medley," Josef Woodard, August
Santa Barbara Independent, "Ideas and Mindfulness" by D.J. Palladino, August

Santa Barbara Newspress, "Humor in the House" by Josef Woodard, June

Santa Barbara Independent, “Cogito Ergo Zoom" by D.J. Palladino, June

Honors, Grants, and Fellowships

2015 Research Sabbatical
2014 California State University Research Grant
2012 California State University Research Grant
2011 California State Unversity Channel Islands President's Summer Fellowship
2009 California State University Research Grant
2007 California State University Research Grant
2003 Santa Barbara Beautiful, Award for Mural Production at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
2002 College of Creative Studies Post-Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara
2002 Outstanding Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara
2002 Academic Senate Outstanding Faculty/Teaching Assistant Award, University of California, Santa Barbara
2001 Steven Cortright Memorial Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara
2001 Siff Foundation Fellowship
2001 Art Affiliates Grant
2001 Santa Barbara Art Association Grant
2000 Regents Fellowship for Graduate Study, University of California, Santa Barbara
1999 Award of Distinction, San Diego Art Institute, All California Exhibition
1997 Phi Beta Kappa
1997 Cum Laude, UC San Diego

Photo: Larry Lytle

Photo: Larry Lytle