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Wednesday July 30, 2014

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    Matt Hutton, 36
    Associate Professor
    Maine College of Art

    Matt Hutton co-founded the
    Woodworking & Furniture Design
    department at the Maine College
    of Art soon after arriving at the
    college in Portland a decade
    ago. The nationally recognized
    program was launched with the
    conversion of a men’s bathroom into
    a woodworking studio; last summer,
    Hutton led the construction of the
    department’s new 5,000-squarefoot
    studio/work space. “The
    department was a natural fit for
    Maine, with its rich history of
    wood products,†says Hutton, an
    Associate Professor at MECA.

    He arrived in Maine having just
    finished his MFA at San Diego State
    University. An Indianapolis native,
    Hutton has a BFA from the Herron
    School of Art at Indiana University
    Purdue University and studied in
    England and Japan. In addition to
    teaching at MECA, he has been an
    instructor at Haystack Mountain
    School of Crafts, Rochester Institute
    of Technology, the Herron School of
    Art and Takumi Juku in Japan.

    “This summer, Matt is leading
    the charge to host the Furniture
    Society’s annual conference in
    Portland, bringing 450 wood
    enthusiasts to the area for a
    weekend,†said MECA President
    Don Tuski.

    “He is coordinating workshops,
    lectures, and exhibitions to
    showcase Maine talent,†for the
    event, which takes place June 14-16
    at MECA.

    Hutton’s work is exhibited
    nationwide. Here in Maine, he is in
    his third year as a Haystack board
    member, and chairs the trustee
    committee. Each year he teaches
    Haystack’s Student Craft Institute,
    open to Maine high school students.
    “To support the nonprofits he
    believes in, Matt annually donates
    his work to Anderson Ranch Arts
    Center in Colorado and to Haystack
    to support student scholarships,â€Â
    Tuski notes.

    Hutton and his wife, Erin, live in
    Portland with their children, Emma
    and Forest. Matt produces work
    for exhibition and commission at
    Studio 24b, which he built. His Web
    site is

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