Matt Stemler teaches drawing, painting, foundations of design, typography, Adobe Photoshop, and digital photography at Cairn. He also writes curriculum to further develop the visual arts program and organizes exhibits in the Connie A. Eastburn Gallery.
Prior to teaching at Cairn, Matt taught fine arts at the high school level for 19 years in Erdenheim, PA. There he also served as the fine arts department coordinator, overseeing annual arts events and establishing direction for the arts program.
As a practicing artist, his installations use engineered structures and delicate effects to create contemplative spaces. Many of his sculptural objects are accented with mechanical components that resemble a farmer’s inclination to tinker, adjust, and invent. He also draws in charcoal and colorful combinations of watercolor with chalk pastel. These drawings investigate mark-making through layers of diverse textures and forms. His work has been featured in venues such as the James A. Michener Art Museum, The Myrtle Gallery, Square Halo Gallery, Art in City Hall, the Eastern State Penitentiary3 Museum, and the LGTripp Gallery. His pieces can also be viewed at matthewstemler.com.
Matt is a member of the Fine Arts Festival Visual Arts Team for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) in Lancaster, PA. For this event he supervises art assessment standards and manages the judging process for the artwork.
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Teaching at Cairn since 2016