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Matt Rockefeller

MICA/Illustration students are constantly surprising us with new and innovative ways of using their talents. Our Senior Spotlight showcases graduating seniors who have already begun building their careers outside of our walls.

Why did you choose MICA illustration?
I had a lot of options before coming to MICA, but after visiting the campus and interacting with some of the faculty and stafff, I immediately knew it would be a good choice. Of course, I looked at student work and what experiences the teachers were bringing to the table, but it mostly boiled down to how kind and helpful everyone was and the general feeling of positive competition.

What are the most important things you have learned from your MICA experience?
Building community. I've grown so much as an artist at MICA with the help of my teachers, and I really value the importance of what they've given me. I've learned so many great techniques, and how to communicate effectively when creating and discussing art. However, I've found the most important aspect of my experience here has been getting to know my peers and finding that everyone has their own incredible talents and insight. Spending time with them has helped me to look at myself and my art in new ways, and I wouldn't be where I am today without their help!

Words of advice for underclassmen?
Talk to people, explore, try new things, and don't be afraid to take risks. At the same time though, never lose sight of what drives you to create in the first place. Also - EAT and SLEEP.

Tell us a little about your work and professional successes.
During my junior year and the summer after, I had an internship working on the Elder Scrolls Online at Zenimax Online Studios. There I worked as a UI Art intern creating maps and icons to be used in game. After that I've participated in three gallery shows with Light Grey Art Lab, and I have recently created a piece for Gallery 33 in Amsterdam.

What is your greatest achievement?
I think my greatest measurable achievement has been creating and curating a gallery show with my friends Leonard and Xanthe. It was exciting to see our small idea grow and develop into a 15 artist show featuring over 700 3x3 pieces.