After studying studio art and astrophysics at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, Matthew C. Zayatz began his art career as a ceramic fountain designer, fabricator, and installation specialist for Eric O’Leary at Tariki Studios. This experience was integral for Matt and his transition to an adjunct professor of ceramics at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where Matt taught a continuing education course in wheel-thrown ceramics. Since the beginning of 2005, Matt has installed hundreds of exhibitions at the Hood Museum of Art. Some of the highlights include fabricating a 25-foot-high Papua New Guinea longhouse out of bailing twine, bamboo, and coconut leaves for the Hood’s exhibition Coaxing the Spirits to Dance
, all installation involving new media, monitors, computers, synchronization, and audio, and design fabrication of steel body forms for the Hood’s exhibition on Indonesian tapis.