Matthew Sutherlin is a faculty member in the BFA/MAT & MAT programs and serves as the Faculty Advisor for MICA's Student Chapter for the National Art Education Association. He comes to MICA from the University of North Texas, where he completed his Ph.D. in Art Education. His dissertation title is "image" / "i" / "nation": A Theory of Becoming an A/r/tographer. The focus of the dissertation is on a/r/tography as a means of imagining new ways of becoming a general education elementary teacher practicing arts integration. The theoretical model for his dissertation was employed in a high school English classroom and the results were recently published in the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education. His current research involves the use of social networking sites, wikis, and virtual worlds in the creation of student avatars.
Prior to coming to MICA, Matthew was an instructor of art education at Stephen F. Austin State University. He has taught in both the museum and public school settings. Matthew also has an M.F.A in studio art from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. As a practicing artist, he has shown in galleries in New England, Florida, Texas, and Arkansas.