CV // Matthew Avignone (b. 1987, South Korea)

Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL (B.A. cum laude in Photography) 2008-2011

Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL (Mechanical Engineering) 2006-2007

Matthew Avignone Photography
Owner, 2015- Present

David Weinberg Photography, LLC.
Studio Manager, 2011- 2015
Director, The Coat Check, 2012- 2014

Stuart Rodgers Photography, LLC.
Equipment Manager, 2010 Summer Season
Digital Imaging Technician, 2008-2010
Freelance Photographer, 2008-2010

Brian Ulrich, Artist and Educator
Intern/Assistant, 2010-2011

Solo Exhibitions:

There's Just No Telling // photographs by Matthew Avignone, Gold Pane Gallery, December 7 – January 3, Chicago, IL

Matthew Avignone: Stranger Than FamilyDavid Weinberg Photography, May 3 – May 24, Chicago, IL 

Selected Group Exhibitions:


InKAS Art Biennial, SangMyung University, November 2 - 8, 2016, Seoul, South Korea

Get Clear on What You Think, Maxwell Colette Gallery, May 12, 2016, Chicago, IL


Apposing Space: Matthew Avignone and Clarissa Bonet, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, TBA, Milwaukee, WI 

Work Werq // Curated by Jacqueline Chao and Aram Han Sifuentes, Flat StudiosApril 23 - May 8, 2015, Chicago, IL 

The Ones We Love // Curated by Lindley Warren, Camden Image Gallery, January 11 - 16, 2015 London, England, UK


Chicago StyleThe Coat Check Gallery, December 6 - February 15, 2014 Chicago, IL 

Stitched and Glued: The Handmade Photobook, Curated by: Paul D'Amato, Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL. 

ARGUS: Organic Visual Archive, Johalla Projects, Chicago, IL

Looking at Ourselves: Portraits featured on Lenscratch, Guate Photo Festival, Guatemala City, Guatemala. 

Visual Delights, Th!nkArt Salon, Chicago, IL
Pingyao Photography Festival: Student Exhibition, Pingyao, China
Chicago: A Resource of Young Artists, Art Museo Hotel, Rosemont, IL
B.A. + B.F.A. Photography Exhibition 2011, Columbia College Chicago
Lens 2011 National Juried Photography Exhibition, Perspective Gallery, Evanstan, IL (curated by Natasha Egan of MoCP)
2011 Korean American Day Art Exhibition, Richard J. Daley Civic Center, Chicago, IL and  The Radmacher Gallery, Skokie Public Library, Skokie, Illinois

17th Annual Hokin Honors Exhibition, Hokin Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2010 Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Visual Arts Competition, Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois

Selected Publications and Features:


Interview with Matthew Avignoneby Rachel Jump, December 14, 2016, Ain't-Bad

Content-Aware: Matthew Avignone, by Grant Gill, April 10, 2016, Lenscratch


Space Jamz, Group Show 47, Curated by Jon Feinstein, December 2015, Humble Arts Foundation

What Chicago's #ResignRahm Protests Really Looked Like, by Myles Tanzer, Dec. 11th, 2015, The Fader

Stranger No More in Adopted Family, by David Gonzolez, July 7th, 2015, The New York Times Lens Blog

Pages: Stranger Than Family by Matthew Avignone, April 1st, 2015, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography


Express, The Latent Image

Matthew Avignone On Struggling, CULT

There's Just No Telling, LensCulture


No, Nay, Never, No More, Book, 2013, Oranbeg Press

There’s just no telling, Feature #47, Spleen Magazine

Matthew Avignone, Stranger Than Family, Issue #19 - Super Families, Autumn 2012, Slanted Magazine, Karlsruhe, Germany
Matthew Avignone: Stranger Than Family, Aline Smithson, May 14, 2012, LENSCRATCH
Matthew Avignone-Stranger Than Family, Bryan Formhals, Febuary 2012, LPV Magazine
Stranger Than Family, January 2012, Voices from Italy Magazine, Italy

Stranger Than Family, Issue #33, David Bram, Fraction Magazine, Albuquerque, NM

Best of College Photography 2010, Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Santa Barbara, California
The Shots Directory 2011, First Impressions, Shots Magazine, London, United Kingdom
CAF Review, Union League Club & Civic Arts Foundation, Chicago, Illinois

9-5, JPG Magazine, Issue #9

"Stranger Than Family" Nominated for Mack First Photobook Award, Yumi Goto, London, England, UK

Review Santa Fe 2012, Santa Fe, NM      
Nomination for the 2012 Baum Award for Emerging American Photographer, The Baum Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Juror, "Light" Filter Photo Festival's 3rd Annual Juried Exhibtion, David Weinberg Photography, Chicago, IL

2nd Runner Up, Student Category, Blurb: Photography Book Now Competition 2011
The Chicago Project, Catherine Edleman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Finalist 2011 Young Photographers Competition, First Impressions, Shots Directory, London UK
Linda Levy Scholarship, Columbia College Chicago
Pieter Ombret Scholarship, Columbia College Chicago

Finalist, Best of College Photography, Photographers Forum Magazine
Finalist and Honorable Mention, Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Visual Arts Competition, Union League Club, Chicago, IL
Pieter Ombregt Scholarship, Columbia College Chicago

Raven Moreno Scholarship, Columbia College Chicago

Curatorial Endeavors:


Carlos Javier Ortiz // We All We Got, David Weinberg Photography, October 10 - January 5, 2014 Chicago, IL 


Chicago StyleThe Coat Check Gallery/David Weinberg Photography, December 6 - February 15, 2014 Chicago, IL 

Sonja Thomsen // Glowing Wavelengths In-Between, Selections from the 2013 Digital Artist in Residence at Columbia College Chicago, The Coat Check Gallery, October 11th - November 30th, 2013 Chicago, IL.

Shades of Darkness // A Photography Alumbi Exhibtion, C33 Gallery, September 3 - November 11, 2013 Chicago, IL. Curated by Matthew Avignone, Comissioned by Peter Fitzpatrick, Columbia College Chicago, Photography Dept. Chair (Exhibited Artist: Brian Ulrich, Curtis Mann, Lisa Lindvay, Josh Poehlein, Justin Schmitz, Matt Austin, Dan Bradica, Meg T. Noe)

Natalie Krick // Natural Deceptions, The Coat Check Gallery, July 12th - Sept. 14, 2013 Chicago, IL

Daniel Hojnacki // An Idle Procession, The Coat Check GalleryMarch 8th - May 27th, 2013 Chicago, IL


Everyday Always Trying // A group exhibition with Bobby Doherty, David Brandon Geeting, Matt Austin and Bobby Scheidemann. The Coat Check GalleryNovember 2, 2012 - January 3, 2013 Chicago, IL.



Review: Chicago Style - Recommended, Michael Weinstein, Jan. 7, 2013, Newcity Art, Chicago, IL


TOP 5 WEEKEND PICKS! ((12/6-12/8), Bad at Sports, Chicago, IL 

Newcity’s Top 5 of Everything 2013: Art, Top 5 New Art Venues that Opened in 2013, The Coat Check - Jason Foumberg and Top 5 Photography Shows in 2013, Natalie Krick // Natural Deceptions @ The Coat Check - Michael Weinstein, December 19, 2013, Chicago IL 


Review: Natalie Krick/The Coat Check - Recommended, Michael Weinstein, July 31, 2013, Newcity Art, Chicago, IL

Review: Daniel Hojnacki/The Coat Check - Recommended, Michael Weinstein, March 21, 2013, Newcity Art, Chicago, IL


Review: Everyday Always Trying/David Weinberg Photography - Recommended, Michael Weinstein, Nov 6, 2012, Newcity Art, Chicago, IL

Art Openings 11/2-11/3: The Coat Check Gallery, Schneider Gallery, Johalla Projects, Gregg Ruffing, Oct 31, 2012, Self-Guided Tour

Filter Photo Fest Day 3 – Filter: Light Exhibition at David Weinberg PhotographyCandice Silva, The Printed Blog

Review: Light/David Weinberg Photography - Recommended, Michael Weinstein, Oct 23, 2012, Newcity Art, Chicago, IL

Review: Matthew Avignone at David Weinberg Photography - Recommended, Michael Weinstein, May 8, 2012, Newcity Art, Chicago, IL

Stranger Than Family – Art Critic’s Choice, Sam Worley, May 02, 2012, Chicago Reader,  Visual Arts, Chicago, IL

See Stranger Than Family at David Weinberg Photography, Julia Weeman, May 11, 2012, Chicagoist, Arts and Entertainment, Chicago, IL

Matthew Avignone: Stranger than Family at David Weinberg Photography, April 24, 2012, F-Stop Magazine

Public Collections:

George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY
International Center of Photography, New York, NY

Guest Speaking and Artist Talks:

Gallery Talks:

Milwakee Institute of Art and Design, Professors: John Horvath, Tara Bogart and Kevin Miyazaki

University of Wisconsin Milwakee, Professor: John Horvath 

Columbia College Chicago, Professors: Kelli Connel and Gina Grillo

The Progression of Process, A Critical Talk with Daniel Hojnacki and Matthew Avignone, Brave New Art World, Claire Mollek

Benito Juarez Community Acadamy,  Teacher: Victor Yanez Lazcano 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Teacher: Matt Austin

Columbia College Chicago, Professor: Paul D'Amato