Matt Austin is an artist, educator, and publisher based in Chicago.
The output of his creative practice ranges widely in form, but share a focus on the importance of honesty and learning from others. Inspired by failure and often motivated by fear, he demonstrates his enthusiasm for living by trying things out.
Austin is the owner of Candor Arts, a press that focuses on life, learning, and healing. He teaches in the Continuing Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at the MCA Chicago, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Ohio State University, as well as solo exhibitions at Johalla Projects and the University of Notre Dame. Austin was awarded the 2016 Alumni Residency at the Burren College of Art in Co. Clare, Ireland. He is currently working on several publications including a book and of his own photographs, writing, and conducted interviews called For the Birds Trapped in Airports, work from which was featured in his solo exhibition No More Dying at the Seerveld Gallery at Trinity Christian College. Recently, Moonwork by A-lan Holt, a book that Austin published and designed, was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia for being shortlisted for the Cornish Family Prize in Art & Design Publishing and In the Company of Black by Cecil McDonald, Jr. has been acquired by the libraries of University of Iowa and University of Chicago, as well as several private collections.