Photo by Jed Niezgoda.
Matt Toole grew up around the barrier islands and salt marshes of Savannah, Georgia. He received a BFA from Georgia Southern University in 1994 and an MFA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 2000. Toole has been a resident artist at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Aberdeenshire, Scotland; the National Sculpture Factory / Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, Ireland; The John Michael Kohler Art’s Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and Franconia Sculpture Park just north of Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota. He has traveled throughout the U.S., U.K., Latvia, and Ireland collaborating on cast iron projects and creating performances dealing with the process of casting metal. Mr. Toole has been involved with the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art since 1997. He was formerly a professor of Foundation Studies and Sculpture at the Savannah College of Art and Design from 2005 until 2016 and occasionally teaches part time when available. He is now the owner and prime minion of Toole Sculpture Works.
2014 Savannah College of Art and Design Sabbatical Award
2010 Savannah College of Art ad Design, Presidential Fellowship
2005 Chancellor’s Award, University System of Georgia / Americas Council.
2002 Franconia Sculpture Park / Jerome Fellowship Award.
2001 Franconia Sculpture Park / Jerome Fellowship Award.
2000 Scottish Sculpture Workshop International Bursary Award.