Matt Nichols

American, born 1981


Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2015

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, 2010

University of California, Berkeley, BA, Art Practice, 2003

Solo Exhibitions


VirtueOfNecessity, Loud Hailer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


ConfidentAnticipation, The Franklin, Chicago, IL

CellarDoor, Corbett Vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL

The Jerks, (collaborative group (#with) Kristina Paabus)-curated by Pat Elifritz,

ACRE projects, Chicago, IL


GreenWhite, Boomerang Space, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


LEXiconography, SUGS LG Space, SAIC, Chicago, IL

THE bRinK, Thrones Gallery, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions


Making An Entrance, Robert Blumenthal, New York, NY

Hotels, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


Untitled Art Fair w/ LVL3 Gallery, Miami, FL 

Three Walls Benefit Auction w/ The Franklin, Chicago, IL

Society for Contemporary Art (Chicago) Gala, Chicago, IL


A Study in Midwestern Appropriation-curated by Michelle Grabner, Hyde Park

Art Center, Chicago, IL

D6A6, Dock6, Chicago, IL

Two of A Kind, LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, IL


NADA Fair with ACRE, Miami, FL

MDW Fair with LVL3 Gallery, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

Young Curators New Ideas IV, Meulensteen, New York, NY

Sesame Street, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Work From Storage/ Stuart Johnson Collection, Storage Unit, Brooklyn, NY

Vanity Fair, Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Harts for Art, LVL3, Chicago, IL

All Too Familiar, Hungry Man, San Francisco, CA


Visual Delights, Think Art/ Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Reduction or Something Less, LVL3, Chicago, IL

MDW Fair, The Geolofts, Chicago, IL

Next at Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Group Hug presented by ACRE, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

Territories, Marwen, Chicago, IL

Drop It Like It’s Not, Murdertown, Chicago, IL

A Person of Color/ a mostly orange exhibition-curated by Jose Lerma, Green

Gallery, Milwaukee, WI


More Betterer, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Hotel Room Show, Kirk’s Apartment, Chicago, IL

Bubble Raft, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

Printer’s Ball, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College; Chicago, IL

Stay in Your Lane!, Swimming Pool, Chicago, IL

New Insight-curated by Susanne Ghez, Next at Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

The Shape of Things to Come-curated by Jettison Quarterly, Next at Art Chicago

MFA Thesis Show, This Is The Way It Was, Sullivan Galleries, SAIC, Chicago, IL

The Value of Value, SUGS LG Space, SAIC, Chicago, IL

Get It Together, Again!, Chicago Cultural Center-Tourism Gallery, Chicago, IL

The E.M. Collection, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL


Jettison Disco 2062, The Inconvenience, Chicago, IL

New Work, Sullivan Galleries, SAIC, Chicago, IL

Get it Together, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

sometimes always never, 1213 Sharp, SAIC, Chicago, IL

Nippon Steel Presidential Competition, Nippon Steel, Chicago, IL


For Every Occasion, Thrones Gallery, Chicago, IL


Open Call, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Grand Review, The Pinch, New Port Beach, CA

The White Elephant, Mauve, New Port Beach, CA


2012 Artist in Residence, ACRE, Steuben, Wisconsin

2010 Artist in Residence, ACRE, Steuben, Wisconsin

2010 Finalist, Union League Club Visual Arts Competition, Chicago, IL

2009 Artist in Residence, Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium

2008 Trustee Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2003 Excellence in Sculpture, U.C. Berkeley


Evans, Ariel, Review: VirtueOfNecessity, Modern Painters, September. 2014

Shaw, Michael, Review: VirtueOfNecessity, Art Scene-Los Angeles, June. 2014

Bricker, Josh, Review: CellarDoor, Art Slant, June.27, 2013

Miranda, Lynette,, Oct.1, 2012

Schultz, Charlie, Review: YCNI IV, Art Slant NY, Aug.20, 2012

Uribe, Vincent, LVL3 Artist of the Week, July.3, 2012 (interview)

Miller, Easton, Matt Nichols: Objectified,, Apr.2, 2012

Westin, Monica, Review: The Language of Less (Then and Now)/Museum of

Contemporary Art & Reduction or Something Less/LVL3 Gallery, New City Chicago,

Oct.18, 2011

Burke, Stephanie & Jeriah, Chicago 2011,, Mar.25, 2011

Velez, Pedro. Chicago 2010,, Jan.2011

Nichols, Thea Liberty, Review: Stay In Your Lane, Art Slant Chicago, Aug. 2010

Ruiz, Steve. Chicago Art Review, Apr.20, 2010

Skvara, Peter. Jettison Quarterly, Issue No.4 Winter 2009 (interview)

Velez, Pedro. Chicago Build Up,, Feb. 2009

Furnari, Rachel, Review: Matt Nichols/Thrones Gallery, New City Chicago, Feb.16, 2009

Gibson, Allison., Feb.4, 2009