Matthew graduated in 2002 with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dehaemers was one of ten graduating master’s students in the country to receive the Joan Mitchell Art Fellowship. Five of Dehaemers’ projects have received national recognition by Public Art Network’s Year in Review as outstanding and innovative public art projects. Matthew has been awarded residencies around the country including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. Recently, he completed a public art project for the L.A. County Public Art Commission. He is working on a kinetic public art piece for Johnson County, Kansas and a new installation to be installed at the Bank of America Plaza in Charlotte, North Carolina in the spring of 2012.
The arsenal of mediums I employ is vast–from water, wood, steel, bread, to fiber and murals that at the onset one might not see the shared relationship among my various projects. In reality, upon a little deep investigation there is a great consistency that weaves my many art installations together. Inspired by aspects of history, contemporary issues and community life, my goal is to make art that operates on different levels of audience engagement. One arts writer has said, Dehaemers places a great deal of importance on the transformative forces of culture, history, and place. My work addresses issues that are social, economic, and environmental, from the global water crisis to telemarketing and the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. My goal is to make art that operates on many different levels in a way that people can be involved in the process allowing everyone to have a relationship with the art form.