He fell in love with Art History at G.W. and went on to earn both a M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Art at the University of Michigan. There he began his teaching career at the University’s experimental Residential College. He has since taught at Williams College and Wittenberg University. He began teaching at St. Olaf in 1996, where he also taught for years in its experimental Paracollege. Matt has a home in the Art and Art History department and teaches Women Studies, Environmental Studies, American Studies, and American Conversations courses. He celebrated the new millennium by becoming the American Conversations program’s inaugural director.
Matt is the author of Visual Dynamics in Jackson Pollock’s Abstractions,“Yoshida Hodaka and Post-World War II Japanese and American Artistic Exchange", and he co-authored The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue RaisonnZ, 1962-82. An Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Harvard University in 1989-’90, Matt has written a number of articles on modern art and culture. Active as a scholar and teacher, he also makes it a point to be involved in community life.