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Matthew Welch, PhD

Matthew Welch, Ph.D.Deputy Director & Chief Curator
Departments: Director's Office and Asian Art

Current MIA Projects

  • Shinhuaga from the Wells Collection for exhibition opening in the Fall of 2013
  • Education

    MA and PhD, University of Kansas;
    BA, Trinity University in San Antonio

    Background/Work History

    Minneapolis Institute of Arts since 1990

    Specialty/Area of Interest

    Japanese and Korean art with particular emphasis on Edo period painting and Zen painting

    Honors and Professional Associations

    • Arts Dialog Committee, CULCON (United States-Japan Conference on Cultural & Educational Interchange)
    • Association of Art Museum Curators
    • Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Research Fellow, 1987

    Selected Exhibitions and Projects

    • “Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints,” October 30, 2011 through January 8, 2012
    • “Untamed Beauty: Tigers in Japanese Art,” 2005
    • “Sumptuous and Sublime: Two Japanese Rooms,” 2001
    • “A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists,” 2001
    • “The Tokaido Road: Ando Hiroshige and Gus Foster,” 1998
    • “Netsuke: The Japanese Art of Miniature Carving,” 1998
    • “First Fire: Richard Bresnahan & New Pottery from Saint John’s,” 1996
    • “Otsu-e: Japanese Folk Painting from the Collection of Harriet and Edson Spencer,” 1994


    • Worldly Pleasures, Earthly Delights: Japanese Prints from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2011)
    • Stoked: Five Artists of Fire and Clay (Liturgical Press, 2010)
    • Untamed Beauty: Tigers in Japanese Art (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2005)
    • “Looking to the West: The Meiji Era and Yoshida Kasaburo,” in A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2002)
    • Body of Clay, Soul of Fire: Richard Bresnahan and the Saint John’s Pottery (Afton Historical Society Press, 2001)
    • Netsuke: The Japanese Art of Miniature Carving (Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Art Media Inc., 1998)

    February, 2013