Mat Karas, MFA, BFA
Assistant Professor, Studio Arts
Mat Karas is a ceramic artist from Montréal, Québec. Mat's work plays with function as a language to mediate art, tradition and daily life. He holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Most recently, Mat was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; the funding helped organize a collaborative studio residency at the Maryland Institute College of Art, celebrating and researching the intersection of 19th century American architectural terracotta with contemporary tools and techniques. In 2015, Mat was awarded a one-month studio intensive residency at the Guldagergaard in Skælskør, Denmark. His research at the Guldagergaard centered around the junction of traditional firing methods with digital fabrication.