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ABOVE: Photos by Anne Staveley. Video clips courtesy of Highborn Spirits. 

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J. Matthew Thomas

J. Matthew Thomas (b. 1976) is an artist and architect who grew up in the Midwest United States. Thomas explores the intersections of queerness within the built environment, reimagining landscape, infrastructure, and community engagement through a multidisciplinary approach spanning art, curation, public art and events, architecture, and urban design.


He received his MA in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in New York City, and currently operates his practice through Studio Taos, and the nonprofit he founded, The Paseo Project. 


Thomas has taught at architecture departments at Columbia University, American University in Beirut, The New School, and at Chongqing University. 


His work has been included in exhibitions in KOHI-Kulturraum, Germany; Storefront for Art and Architecture and Vivian Horan Fine Art, New York City; Joshua Tree, California; Santa Fe Art Institute; and the Harwood Museum, New Mexico. Solo shows include Central Features, Albuquerque; and Taos Art Museum, New Mexico.  


Thomas is a MacDowell Fellow and was an artist in residence at I-Park, Connecticut; Ucross, Wyoming; StudioWorks in Eastport, Maine; Santa Fe Art Institute; Arteles Creative Center in Finland; The PORT Hackathon at CERN, Switzerland; and Art Farm in Nebraska.  


Thomas currently resides in Taos, New Mexico with his husband and 40 chickens.



MoMo, Santa Fe, NM. solo show

Currents New Media Festival, group show


Currents 826 Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. "Resonances," group show

Encore Gallery, Taos, NM. "Viewpoint: Abstract Minimalism," group show 


La Matadora Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA. "re·con·fig·ure," group show

Wright Contemporary, Taos, NM. "New Geometries," group show

Taos Abstract Artist Collective, Taos, NM. "Inaugural Exhibition," group show


Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, solo show

Residency as Witness: SFAI 2014-2021, Santa Fe Art Institute, group show


Contemporary Art Taos 2020, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM, group show

Taos Today, Western Art Gallery, Dallas TX, group show

Muted, Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM, solo show

Taos: 1960s - Present, Vivian Horan Fine Art, New York, NY, group show

Meditations on the Many, Magpie, Taos, NM, solo show

Geometries, Central Features Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM, solo show

Song of the West-Contemporary Artists of New Mexico, KOHI-Kulturraum, Germany, group show
Art in Public Places, Taos Art Council, Taos, NM, solo artist
Art of Wine, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM, resident artist

Taos Fall Arts Festival, Taos, NM, Visionary Artist Award Recipient, solo show

The Spring Experiment, DAFA, Taos, NM, solo show

Once, Arroyo Seco, NM, solo show

Arte des Descartes, Taos, NM, group show
Taos Fall Arts Festival, Taos, NM, group show

Storefront for Art and Architecture, Total Housing 01:
Apartments Competition, New York, NY, group show




2024 Residency, NES, Skagaströnd, Iceland

2023 Residency, I-Park, East Haddam, Connecticut 

2022 Residency, MacDowell, Peterborough, New Hampshire
        Residency, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming

2021 Residency, StudioWorks, Eastport, Maine

2020 Residency, Art Farm, Marquette, Nebraska

        Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico

2019 Residency, Arteles Creative Center in Finland

2018 Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

2015 Selected Participant, The PORT Hackathon at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

        Visionary Artist Award, The Peter & Madelaine Martin Foundation  

2010 Storefront for Art and Architecture, Total Housing 01: Apartments Competition

Invited juror for Ucross, I-Park, StudioWorks, and the Wurlitzer Foundation.


2050 Podcast Interview, Radio Paradise, 2024 (forthcoming)

Reframed: Matthew Thomas Solo Exhibition, Classic Chicago Magazine, Feb 2022.
Reframed: a Fechin inspired installation, Taos News, Dec 2021.

Contemporary up-and-comers breath new life, Taos News, Sept 2020.

Interview: Nicole Dial-Kay, Curator, Harwood Museum of Art 

Twenty Que With J. Matthew Thomas, Riot Material, Dec, 2019.

"Matt Thomas Builds Surfaces", Taos News, Nov 2018.

“Taos: 1960s-Present”, THE Magazine, June 2018.

“Taos in the House”, TaoStyle, April 2018.
“Taos”, Wall Street Journal, April 2018.
“Embracing Obsessions”, Taos News, October 2017.
“James Matthew Thomas At The Harwood”, TaoStyle, September, 2018.
"...New Mexico's Best", Albuquerque Journal, May 2016.
“001. The Works of J. Matthew Thomas,” self-published, January 2016.
"One Smart Cookie," EDIBLE Magazine, Winter Issue, 2016.
"Architecture Progressed," TREND Magazine, Fall Issue, 2015.
"Studio Visits," THE Magazine, Santa Fe, NM, May 2015.
“Richard Spera and Matt Thomas,” TaoStyle, December 2014
Militant Roger Magazine, Vol. 1, Fall 2006.


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