Matthew Welch, PhD

Matthew Welch, PhD

Deputy Director & Chief Curator

Department: Director's Office


MA and PhD, University of Kansas; BA, Trinity University in San Antonio

Background/Work History

Minneapolis Institute of Arts since 1990

Specialty/Area of Interest

Japanese and Korean art with particular emphasis on Edo period painting and Zen painting

Honors and Professional Associations
  • Arts Dialog Committee, CULCON (United States-Japan Conference on Cultural & Educational Interchange)
  • Association of Art Museum Curators
  • Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Research Fellow, 1987
Selected Exhibitions and Projects
  • “Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints,” October 30, 2011 through January 8, 2012
  • “Untamed Beauty: Tigers in Japanese Art,” 2005
  • “Sumptuous and Sublime: Two Japanese Rooms,” 2001
  • “A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists,” 2001
  • “The Tokaido Road: Ando Hiroshige and Gus Foster,” 1998
  • “Netsuke: The Japanese Art of Miniature Carving,” 1998
  • “First Fire: Richard Bresnahan & New Pottery from Saint John’s,” 1996
  • “Otsu-e: Japanese Folk Painting from the Collection of Harriet and Edson Spencer,” 1994
  • Worldly Pleasures, Earthly Delights: Japanese Prints from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts(Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2011)
  • Stoked: Five Artists of Fire and Clay (Liturgical Press, 2010)
  • Untamed Beauty: Tigers in Japanese Art (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2005)
  • “Looking to the West: The Meiji Era and Yoshida Kasaburo,” in A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2002)
  • Body of Clay, Soul of Fire: Richard Bresnahan and the Saint John’s Pottery (Afton Historical Society Press, 2001)
  • Netsuke: The Japanese Art of Miniature Carving (Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Art Media Inc., 1998)