Matthew Byram Burke, M.F.A.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of the Arts - Visual Art, Environmental Studies Program
Associate Professor
M.F.A., Sculpture, Queens College, CUNY
Primary office:
785-864-5664
Chalmers Hall
Room B001
University of Kansas
1467 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-3102
Second office:
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Associate Professor Matthew Burke teaches sculpture, foundation, and drawings courses, as well as courses in art and ecology at the University of Kansas. His creative research ranges from the production of sculpture and drawing to large-scale, eco-based installations that integrate site, structure, and viewer. Burke received his B.A. from Colby College, in Maine and his M.F.A. in Sculpture from Queens College, C.U.N.Y. He has had numerous solo and group shows including, PS1 MoMA in Queens, NY, the Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, NY, the Brooklyn Museum of Art in NY, among others. His work is in several major museums and collections including, the Museum of Modern Art Library, the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Grants include several KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Travel Grants; Internship at New Energy Works, Portland, OR and a commission for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Education

M.F.A., Sculpture, Queens College, CUNY

B.A., Fine Arts, Colby College

Teaching

The discipline of sculpture serves several roles within a visual art curriculum. One, as it has always done, sculpture grounds the maker in the physical world. Even when employing digital technologies or ephemeral sources like light, sculpture is an encounter with the three axes of space and the forces of tension, compression, and gravity. Students who take sculpture repeatedly signal the reason “to work with my hands as I manipulate material” (I ask this question the first class of every semester.) Students know they will encounter this activity when they study sculpture, however, to the one, each student is amazed with how fundamental, and at times frustrating, grounding in the realities of material and gravity can be. Two, sculptural expression is unique in the fine arts for its proximity to the world of biologically living forms. (it was at one time referred to as a “plastic” art) As such, it forces the sculptor to gallantly struggle to possess the vitality of (living) form in her or his work. At times this struggle may not be relevant to the work, sculpture can not be defined so narrowly, but a decision must always be made. The “plastic” impulse is very much part of other visual disciplines, but the reliance on the quality of material in sculpture – almost its molecular energy vibration – means that sculpture must be considered dually from a conceptual as well as a material and formal line of inquiry. Everything is on the table in sculpture.

Teaching Interests

  • Wood working
  • Public art
  • Beginning building practices
  • Sculpture
  • Eco-art
  • Art
  • Drawing
  • Foundation studies
  • Sustainable and social practice
  • Timber framing
  • Ecology
  • Bee hives

Research

Associate Professor Matthew Burke teaches sculpture, foundation, and drawings courses, as well as courses in art and ecology at the University of Kansas. His creative research ranges from the production of sculpture and drawing to large-scale, eco-based installations that integrate site, structure, and viewer. Recent projects include, Riparian Reserve, a Kansas River sculpture collaboration with the Friends of the Kaw; Neighborhood Pocket Libraries (NPL) which are kiosk-sized libraries sited in residential neighborhoods and maintained by the community. Together with his Art and Ecology class, he is building and testing alternative bee hives, called Sun Hives, an invention of German bee keeper, Guenther Mancke. Additional projects include a partnership with The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Burke and KU students conceived and executed a 100th anniversary commemorative sculpture for the Bank. An Abounding Asset, The Diligent Reserve marked the first time the KC Reserve had worked in close partnership with an outside arts institution. Past contemplative land sculpture's include Iron Butterfly; 5 Folding; and Polis, in Missouri, Vermont, and Massachusetts respectively. Burke received his B.A. from Colby College, in Maine and his M.F.A. in Sculpture from Queens College, C.U.N.Y. He has had numerous solo and group shows including, PS1 MoMA in Queens, NY, the Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, NY, the Brooklyn Museum of Art in NY, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, among others. His work is in several major museums and collections including, the Museum of Modern Art Library, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Institute of Art Library. Grants include numerous KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Travel Grants; LexArts Community Development Grant; Internship at New Energy Works, Portland, OR and a commission for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Research Interests

  • Wood working
  • Public art
  • Beginning building practices
  • Sculpture
  • Eco-art
  • Art
  • Drawing
  • Foundation studies
  • Sustainable and social practice
  • Timber framing
  • Ecology
  • Bee hives

Service

Service is the mechanism by which the business of the institution is accomplished. The well-being of faculty, staff, and students is a foremost concern in service functions. Service is also important as a forum in which relationships can be nurtured, ones that may lead to fruitful teaching and research opportunities.

Selected Work

Lead Artist, Neighborhood Pocket Libraries: Kansas, Matthew Burke, Lawrence Public Library, Throughout Lawrence community, Lawrence, KS, Permanent, 11/01/2011 - 07/31/2014

Tiny Sculpture Exhibition, Studios Inc. , Kansas City, MO, USA. 2017 - 2017

Future Bound, Gould Evans/Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS, USA. 2017 - 2017

When We Hear Water, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS, USA. 2017 - 2017

Smoky Hill River Festival Installation Exhibition, Salina Art Center featured artist, Salina, KS, USA. 2017 - 2017

Heating Up: Artists Respond to Climate Change, The Lawrence Percollator, Lawrence, KS, USA. 2016 - 2016

North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show, North Bennington Urban and Residential Environs, North Bennington, VT, USA. 2015 - 2015

North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show, North Bennington Urban and Residential Environs, North Bennington, VT, USA. 2014 - 2014

2013 Faculty Show, Art & Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS, USA. 2013

Selected Presentations

Burke, M. B., Johnson, W. McCoy, K. & Detrixhe, R. . (10/27/2017). Sustainable Practices in the Arts. 27th International Sculpture Center Conference. Kansas City, MO. Available Here

Burke, M. B. (07/31/2017). When We Hear Water, An Artist's Talk. When We Hear Water, A Sculpture Installation. Salina Art Center. Available Here

Burke, M. B. & Hogard, T. . (04/24/2016 - 04/24/2016). Timber Framing Practices. The Commons, The Natural History Museum, and the Spencer Museum of Art, Second Annual Day of Creativity. University of Kansas, The Commons. Available Here

Burke, M. B. (10/01/2015 - 10/31/2015). The Sun Hive, A Biodynamic Way of Bee keeping. Science on Tap, The Biodiversity Institute and The Natural History Museum. Free State Brewery, Lawrence, KS. Available Here

Selected Grants

Burke, Matthew B, (Co-Principal), Design Modifications to the Natural Cavity, Honeybee “Sun Hive”: Improving Colony Health and Pollination Capability while Harnessing the Aesthetic Power to Command Public Attention for the purposes of Honeybee Education, The Commons, $7,000, Submitted 11/01/2015 . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Not Funded.

Burke, Matthew B, (Principal), Meditations on Best Recycling Practices: Poems Inspired by Hellen and Newton Harrison, Eco-Art Pioneers, Center for Service Learning, $500, Submitted 01/01/2017 (01/01/2018 - 06/30/2018) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Burke, Matthew B, (Principal), Riparian Reserve: A Public, Outdoor Sculpture; A Community Collaboration Inspired by The Friend's of the Law Kansas River Scrap Metal Remediation Initiative, $9,000, Submitted 01/15/2017 (07/01/2017 - 06/30/2018) . Project is in process, and the following has been accomplished. Information about non-profit activity of Friends of the Kaw collected by way of two interviews, one with the River Keeper, the other with Friends of the Kaw, Education Director. The information collected from these interviews will help shape the public information narrative aspect of the sculpture. Also completed is the acquisition of the wood necessary for constructing the information kiosks. University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Burke, Mathew B, (Principal), When We Hear Water: A Contemplative Installation in Water, Stone, and Wood, The Salina Art Center, $5,500, Submitted 01/15/2017 (05/15/2017 - 08/31/2017) . Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.

Burke, Matthew B, (Principal), Toward the construction and implementation of Sun Hives, Alternatively Shaped Honey Bee Hives, KU Center for Civic and Social Responsibility Mini-Grant Award, $500, Submitted 05/15/2015 (09/01/2015 - 12/31/2015) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Burke, Matthew B, (Principal), Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, St Joseph, MO, Allied Arts Council, St. Joseph, MO, $500, Submitted 09/01/2013 (01/01/2014 - 12/31/2015) . Outcome of KU General Research Fund. Creation and exhibition of outdoor sculpture. Other States. Status: Funded.

Burke, Matthew B, (Participant), The Center for Teaching Excellence, The Best Practice Institute, $500, Submitted 05/01/2015 (05/01/2015 - 05/31/2015) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Burke, Matthew B, (Participant), The OREAD Project, KU Center for Sustainability, $500, Submitted 05/01/2015 (05/01/2015 - 05/31/2015) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Burke, Matthew B, (Principal), North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show, North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture SHow, $50, Submitted 04/01/2013 (07/01/2013 - 01/31/2015) . Outcome of GRF. Private. Status: Funded.

Burke, Matthew B, (Principal), An Abounding Asset, The Diligent Reserve: 100th Anniversary of the Federal Reserve Banking System, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, $25,000, (01/01/2012 - 12/31/2014) . For Profit (company/corporation). Status: Funded.

Burke, Matthew B, (Principal), Hardwood 12 Seat Dining Table, Sean and Sylvia Ramsaywak, $2,300, Submitted 07/01/2013 (07/01/2013 - 07/31/2013) . Private. Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

Sabbatical
2017


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