Matthew Jensen received a BA in political science and fine arts from Rice University, and an MFA in photography from the University of Connecticut. As a 2017/2018 resident at the NYC Urban Field Station he has developed a project studying New York City’s street trees and tree stewards. He is a 2018/2019 GIDEST Fellow, 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2016 grant recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation, and has received other grants and awards. His projects Park Wonder and The Wilmington Center for the Study of Local Landscape each received support from the National Endowment for the Arts. His solo exhibition, The Sun Returning, was on view in Tokyo, Japan, in early 2017. In 2015 his solo show, Feels Like Real, debuted at Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York.
Jensen’s work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Gallery of Art, among others. He has participated in residencies at the Urban Field Station NYC, MacDowell Colony, LMCC, ArtBuilt/Queens Museum, Wave Hill, the Delaware Contemporary and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Jensen lives and works in the Bronx.
- Jensen, Matthew. Blue River Wonder Walk. Map/Essay. Open Spaces Kansas City, 2017.
- Jensen, Matthew. Park Wonder. Monograph. Guttenberg, New Jersey: Paper Crown Press, 2017.
- Jensen, Matthew. Among Trees and Stones. Map/Essay, Brooklyn: Green-Wood Cemetery, 2017.
- Jensen, Matthew. Three Wonder Walks. New York: High Line Art and Orion Magazine, 2016.
- Swayer, Drew. The Sun Placed in the Abyss. Columbus: Columbus Museum of Art, 2016.
- Jensen, Matthew. A Place that Moves People. New York: Blurb Books for the QueensWay, 2016.
- Tsai, Eugenie. Crossing Brooklyn, Art from Bushwick.... New York: Brooklyn Museum, 2014.
- Jensen, Matthew. Walking Flatbush. Map/Essay. Brooklyn: Brooklyn Museum, 2014.
Landscape, photography, collecting/collection, walking, public space, the politics of walking...
GIDEST Research Fellowship (2018/19)
L.M.C.C., Michael Richards Award for Visual Arts
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, fellowship for photography
Peter S. Reed Foundation grant for photography
National Endowment for the Arts, Imagine Your Parks Grant for project at VACNJ
National Endowment for the Arts, grant for project at the Delaware Contemporary
New York State Senate Grantee, grant for public art project
Manhattan Community Arts Fund/NYC Department of Cultural Affiaris Department of Cultural Affairs
Integrative Studio 2
Portfolio Development (Summer 2019)