Artist Bios

Matthew Richards

Artist In Residence

At age 17, Matt won best student illustration in a statewide competition by the Providence Journal, and soon after was awarded the Presidential Scholarship to study Sequential Art and Game Development at the Savannah College of Art & Design, where he eventually graduated with two B.F.A.’s.. Matt began his work with pediatric oncology patients in 1993, studying under local cartoonist Steve Brosnihan at the American Cancer Society’s Camp Hope, where he previously attended as a camper. From 2008 to 2010, Matt worked with artist Xavier Cortada at the American Cancer Society’s annual R.O.C.K. families weekend to create a series of collaborative art pieces created by children and siblings of newly diagnosed patients. In 2010 - 2011 Matthew worked as a board member and graphic artist with the Sarasota Partnership for Children’s Mental Health, recording conversations through live graphical interpretation, and encouraging creative expression through the arts and conversation. In 2015 Matt began volunteering with Art with a Heart in Healthcare, and was eventually taken on as a resident artist, where he continues to assist in providing a fine art experience for hospitalized patients and their families.

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