Matt Duckett is a realist painter based in southern California. His works engage the going and coming, the carrying and the leaving behind that happens as we move through generations. He invokes the ghosts of tradition that inhabit our current lifestyles. His paintings draw from investigations into traditional lifestyles and musical subcultures throughout the Midwest and around the world. Duckett has recorded Scandinavian cultural legacies in rural Wisconsin, and spent a number of years investigating the interplay of heritage and hardship in Chicago’s unique Irish music scene, where Irish immigrant and Irish American experiences overlap in intriguing discourse. He has also traveled and lived among remote tribal villages and disaster-stricken refugee communities the Philippines, examining issues displacement and identity through the things we carry with us when forced to leave everything behind.

Duckett’s work has been exhibited extensively across the United States and internationally, in galleries including the Salmagundi Club in New York City and Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. His work has been featured in national publications including Fine Art Connoisseur and Poets & Artists. Duckett has been passionately involved in developing arts communities in the various places he’s lived, worked, and visited, being a key contributor to a variety of nonprofits, artist incubators and state and local arts boards to foster arts and education.


2019 Laguna College of Art + Design, Masters of Fine Art, Painting (in progress)

2009 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art
Bachelor of Arts, English

2020 Vision. Invitational. Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA.
LCAD Juried Student Exhibition. LCAD Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA.

Studio Pintura Small Works Exhibition, Invitational. Studio Pintura, Minneapolis, MN.
Charles M. Kapsner Salon Part II (2019). Invitational. Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
Creative Investment, Visual Arts Showcase, Invitational. Minnesota State Arts Board Gallery, St. Paul, MN

Charles M. Kapsner Salon 2018. Invitational. Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
Masquerade. Invitational. Abel Contemporary, Madison, WI.
Giving Gallery: Community in Process. Invitational. Northwestern Mutual atrium, Milwaukee, WI.

Alumni Exhibition: UW-La Crosse. Invitational. University Gallery, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. La Crosse, WI

Travelogue: Works from the Philippines. Solo Exhibition, Studio Gallery 1311, La Crosse, WI
Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH

Richeson 75 Figure/Portrait Exhibition, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI
Oil Painters of America Salon Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL
Spring Cleaning, An Exhibition, Palette and Chisel, Chicago, IL
Spring National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) International Online Exhibition

Richeson 75 International: Figure/Portrait Juried Exhibition, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI
Open Canvas, Invitational, Pritzlaff Warehouse, Milwaukee, WI
Open Non-Member Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York NY

1st Annual Oil Painters of America Salon, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI
22nd Annual National Art Exhibition, Artists Association of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins, CO
Texas Spirit Art Show, Juried Exhibition, Old Post Office Museum and Art Center, Graham TX

2nd Annual Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Forward: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, Charles Allis Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Au Naturel: Nude in the 21st Century International Juried Competition, CCC Arts Center, Astoria, OR
34th Annual Non-Member Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York NY
The Assault of Memory, Solo Exhibition, Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse, WI

2019 LCAD Scholarship, Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Beach, CA.
2016-2017 Resident Artist, Guest Lecturer, Tagbanua Yayabo Community, Nanabu Indigenous People Elementary, and Aborlan National High School, Palawan, Philippines.

2015 Palette and Chisel Scholarship Award, Palette and Chisel, Chicago, IL

2014 Juror’s Choice Grand Prize, Artspire, La Crosse, WI
Oil Painters of America Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarship, Oil Painters of America

2012 Artist Residency, Lanesboro Arts Center, Lanesboro, MN
Artist-in-Residence, School of the Arts, La Crosse, WI

2014 Fine Art Connoisseur, “When Artists Depict Themselves,” April 2014
2011 Poets & Artists

Schools That Can, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, Lifeline, 2018
Teach For America, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, Future Tense, 2018
Northwestern Mutual Foundation, Milwaukee, WI, Various, 2018
Galway Arms, Chicago, IL, The Chicago, 2016
Trust Point, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, VP Portrait Series, 2009

2017–2019 Education Coordinator and Primary Teacher, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
2018 Granite Ridge Art Conference, Little Falls Community High School, Little Falls, MN
2017 Painting the Figure, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN 
2016 Painting the Figure, Studio Gallery 1311, La Crosse, WI
2011 Drawing Foundations, Winona State University
2011 Wisconsin Art Educators Annual Conference, “Confluence,” Guest Instructor
2011 School of the Arts II, La Crosse Public School District

2017–2019 Exhibitions and Education Coordinator, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
2011–2017 Fine Artist, Chicago, IL
2008-2012 Director, Founder, Vitamin Studio, La Crosse, WI
2007–2011 Arts Coordinator, Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse, WI

2018–2019 Board of Directors, Five Wings Arts Council, Staples, MN
2017–2019 Chair, Visual Arts Committee, Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN
2015-2017 Associate Member (Honorary), Palette & Chisel, Chicago, IL
2011–2016 Director, Vitamin Studio
2009–2013 City of La Crosse Arts Board, La Crosse, WI (Chairman, Storefront Gallery Committee; chairman, Placemaking Signage committee)