Biography

2008/2009 Working Artist Project (WAP) Fellow Matt Haffner (b. 1969 in Akron, Ohio) is an Atlanta artist who received his B.F.A. from University of Akron and his M.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. His photo-based works on panel explore ambiguous narratives derivative of film noir and comic books. Haffner is well known for his large-scale public art works. These wheat-pasted images on the exterior and interior walls of public buildings evoke ideas about and also reference techniques of graffiti and ephemeral street art. His solo exhibitions include the Pentimenti Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), Lyons Wier-Ortt Contemporary (NYC), Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA), Akron Center Art Gallery (Akron, OH), and Temple Gallery (Philadelphia, PA).  In 2004, he was selected for the Forward Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award and the opportunity to exhibit solo at the Swan Coach House Gallery in Atlanta. In 2009, he exhibited Dreams of a Sleeping Giant at MOCA GA. His work is included here at MOCA GA, as well as in the permanent collections of numerous other institutions, including Temple University, Alston & Bird LLP, King and Spalding LLP, Angle Irish Bank, and the University of Akron. Haffner is currently the head of the photography department at Kennesaw State University.