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Matthew Troyer is a documentary and fine art photographer that lives and works in Sarasota, Florida. He will receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Imaging from the Ringling College of Art and Design in 2022. Troyer spent nine years serving in the United States Marine Corps as a combat photographer where he documented combat operations and training in Afghanistan, the Philippines, and Thailand. He taught photography as the faculty supervisor at the Defense Information School on Fort Meade, Maryland. Creative Quarterly recognized him as one of their top 100 artists (top 25 photographers) in 2018 and 2020. In 2021 he was nominated for the Trustee Scholarship in Photography and Imaging and Student Life at Ringling College of Art and Design. He now uses his prior military experience, expanded knowledge of fine art photography, and creative conceptual development to create work exploring combat trauma, memory, family, and unseen heroes.

Exhibitions

  • New Portraits, Debra M. Cooley Photography Gallery, Sarasota, Fla., 2021

  • War Paint: Profiles of Courage, Project Space 340, Sarasota, Fla., 2020

  • Color Space, Debra M. Cooley Photography Gallery, Sarasota, Fla., 2020

  • Best of Ringling Annual Juried Exhibition, Willis A. Smith Galleries, Sarasota, Fla., 2020

  • Ringling College of Art & Design Annual PI Show, Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall, Sarasota, Fla. 2020

  • Creative Quarterly’s top 100 Artists (Top 25 Photographers) of 2018, YUI Gallery, New York, NY., 2019

  • Student and Veteran Showcase, Madeby Gallery, Sarasota, Fla., 2019

  • Best of Ringling Annual Juried Exhibition, Patricia Thompson Gallery, Sarasota, Fla., 2019

  • Veteran & Alumni Show, Madeby Gallery, Sarasota, Fla., 2018

 

Selected Publications

  • Malvie Magazine #89, 2021

  • Creative Quarterly Magazine Best 100 Artists of 2020 Book

  • Creative Quarterly Magazine #62, 2020

  • Creative Quarterly #60, 2020

  • International Photo Awards Book, 2019

  • Creative Quarterly Magazine #54, 2019

  • Creative Quarterly Best 100 Artists of 2018 Book

  • GlobalSecurity.Org 2018: “The year on Pen: U.S. Military Forces on the Korean Peninsula”, 2019

  • WeAreTheMighty.com “Why veterans tapping a drink on the bar is a sign of respect”, 2018

  • Business Insider.com: Military & Defense, March 19, 2016

  • UPI.com: South Korea Building up military, rising as arms exporter, 2015

  • TheBlaze.com: “Incredible Pictures of U.S. Marines in 2013”, 2013

  • TIME.com: “Leatherneck Lunch”, 2013

 

Awards

  • Top 100 Artists (Top 25 Photographers), Creative Quarterly, 2020

  • Gold Juror’s Award, “Traci and Nancy”, Best of Ringling Annual Juried Exhibition, 2020

  • Honorable Mention, “Marine in the Woods”, Editorial/Press, International Photography Awards, 2020

  • Honorable Mention, “Traci and Nancy”, People/Family, International Photography Awards, 2020

  • Honorable Mention, “Gisselle and Myrtha”, People/Family, International Photography Awards, 2020

  • Best Technique Award, “Portrait of a Priest”, Best of Ringling Annual Juried Exhibition, 2019

  • 3rd Place - Press/Personality, “Portrait of a Priest”, International Photography Awards, 2019

  • People’s Choice Award, “Keara”, Madeby Gallery Student and Veteran Showcase, 2019

  • Top 100 Artists (Top 25 Photographers), Creative Quarterly, 2018

  • 1st Place, “Portrait of a Priest”, Madeby Gallery Veteran and Alumni Show, 2018

 

Professional Organizations 

  • Member, Society of Photographic Educators, 2020                                                                                                                                           (Download CV)

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