Artlink Staff Highlight

 

Artlink is dedicated to hiring staff who are passionate about the arts and serving the Fort Wayne community. We invite you to learn more about our wonderful team. Read below and get to know a bit about Matt!

What role do you play at Artlink? 

I am the Executive Director

What do you like best about your job?

Getting to see the force for good art and the people behind it can be...that's incredible.

If you have an artistic practice, what is it?

I write and illustrate.  

What is one little known fact (that you would like to share) about yourself?

When I was in college and writing for the student newspaper, I interviewed a teenage "christian" folksinger who 5 years later would become Katy Perry. Very weird. 

What's your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?

Sleep or read.

What are three things you can't live without?

Books/stories, coffee and a sketchbook.

What have you accomplished that you are most proud of?

You'll find out soon enough. 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time and why?

What's spare time?

Who's your favorite artist and why?

I have no single favorite. But I'm inspired by James Jean, Maurice Sendak and animator Tomm Moore. 

Why does art matter to you?

Art is communication that transends the barriers of language. Art and story are the two things that connect us all in one form or another. 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

"You only lose when you stop trying..." i.e. never give up because those who keep at it are most likely to succeed.