Matt Hopson-Walker
Matt Hopson-Walker
Assistant Professor and Foundations Coordinator


Born and raised in Fresno California, Matthew Hopson-Walker (proud owner of a very large rabbit) grew up reading comic books and dystopian science fiction novels. During a formative age he was exposed to movies such as Mad Max, Total Recall, Escape From New York, Blade Runner, and The Omega Man and many themes with in them show up in his work. After working as a janitor for several years he matriculated to the Kansas City Art Institute and received his BFA in Printmaking in 1998. After graduating he and a friend opened their own gallery and screen printing business. To support himself and his heavy metal bass playing he worked as a print technician at his alma mater, did construction, bounced and bussed at various bars, delivered mail and cashiered at liquor stores. These jobs influenced a general misanthropic outlook on humanity and the images Matt made as an artist.

In 2002 he completed his MA followed by his MFA in 2003 both from the University of Iowa. In 2006 he was recipient of the prestigious James D. Phelan Award in Printmaking given by the San Francisco Foundation and administered by the KALA Institute. Matt has been included in 172 juried and group exhibitions and 12 solo shows since 2006. His work is in the collections of the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York, the University of North Dakota Art Collections in Grand Forks North Dakota, the Amity Art Foundation in Woodbridge Connecticut, the Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts in Miramonte California, the Drawing and Print Collection at The University of Iowa Museum Of Art, and the Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo Japan.

Matthew Hopson-Walker is currently coordinator of foundations, interim graduate coordinator, and assistant professor in printmaking and foundations at the University of South Alabama. He has twice been invited to be an instructor at the nationally renowned Frogman’s Print and Paper Summer Workshop, first in Vermillion South Dakota and then Omaha Nebraska in the summer of 2017. Matt has been invited to be a visiting at artist and lecturer at Northern Illinois University, Murray State University, Emporia State University, University of Alabama, South East Missouri State University, Oregon State University, University of North Carolina-Pembroke, Arizona State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and California State University-Chico. Giving demonstrations involving his knowledge of screen printing, lithography, intaglio, and prints that combine more then one technique.

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Atomic Incarnation, Universidad Autonoma De Nuevo Leon, Facultad de Arquitectura, Barrio Antiguo, Monterrey N.L. Mexico

2016 The Nuclear Priesthood, College of the Sequoias Art Gallery, Visalia, California

2014 Desperate Revelations of Time, Max Von Isser Gallery, Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois

They Shall Watch As It Falls, Gallery 5, M Street Art Complex, Fresno, California

Group and Juried Exhibitions

2016 2016 Juried National Exhibition, The Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, Maryland

You, Me, Them, Juried Print Portfolio Exhibition, Mid America Printmaking Conference, Louisville State University, Louisville, Kentucky

Impressions – Juried Exhibition, Liberty Arts Gallery, Yreka, California

Amplify Art!, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana

8 International Printmaking Collective 2016, Technologic de Monterrey Belisario Dominguez 2202pte., Col. Obispado, Monterrey N.L. Mexico

BAAE Art: Work Juried Show, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama

The Impression: A Print Survey, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, California

Hydraulics: Tales of River Rats, Juried Print Portfolio Exhibition, Mid America Printmaking Conference, Louisville State University, Louisville, Kentucky

Sateen Duralux, Juried Print Portfolio Exhibition, Southern University of Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky

2015 Prints in the Making, Printing Museum, Houston, Texas

Septima Colectiva Internacional De Grabado, Universidad Autonoma De Nuevo Leon, Facultad de Arquitectura, Barrio Antiguo, Monterrey N.L. Mexico

Animal Motives – New Work by Sarah Marshall and Matt Hopson-Walker, Applebee Gallery Show, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois

Better Living: Copies of Quality, Domek Miedziorytnika Gallery & Museum

Rynek Square, Wrocław, Poland

2014 Worn Out, Ocelot Print Shop, Detroit, Michigan

State of the States: A Contemporary Survey of American Printmaking

Gardiner Art Gallery, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Ink Addiction, Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery, University of Texas Permian Basin Odessa, Texas

Rock N Roll 5, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 

2nd Arts Visalia National Juried Exhibition, Arts Visalia Gallery, Visalia, California

Contemporary Prints, Trusler Gallery, Emporia Arts Center, Emporia, Kansas

2013 Visual Vernacular, Icons, and the Handcrafted Book, Todd Art Gallery, Middle 

Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Switching Costs: Bits & Bites, Rewaq Gallery, College of Fine Arts and Design 

University of Sharjah,University City, Sharjah 

Arts Visalia National Juried Exhibition, Arts Visalia, Visalia, California

National Print Invitational, Eppink Gallery, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas

Dialogos E Interpretaciones II: the Americas 2013, Universidad de Caldas Manizales, Colombia

MilwauKEY, Imagination Giants Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Print Zero Juried #8, CAS Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

2012 Heavy Hitters,  Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas

Peveto Gallery, Houston, Texas

Cultural Activity Center, Temple, Texas 

History of the United States in Print, Wilson Hall Gallery, University of Alabama, Huntsville, Alabama

Print Zero Juried #7, Print Zero Studios, Seattle, Washington & FreeTown Studios, Lafayette, Louisiana 

Information Age, North Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Death is in the Details, Studio Two Three, Richmond, Virginia

6th Annual California Centered: Printmaking Exhibition, Merced Multicultural Art Center, Merced, California


2013 Best of Show, Arts Visalia National Juried Exhibition, Arts Visalia Gallery, Visalia, California

2012 Juror’s Selection, Print Zero 8 Print Zero Studios Chicago, Illinois