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Matthew Troyer is a documentary and fine art photographer from Sarasota, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography and Imaging from Ringling College of Art and design in 2022 and is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he will receive his Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art in 2024. Troyer spent nine years as a combat photographer in the United States Marine Corps, documenting combat operations and training in Afghanistan, the Philippines, and Thailand. In 2013 Troyer was selected for and 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 awarded the Trustee Scholarship in Photography and Imaging at Ringling College of Art and Design. Troyer has recently shown work in galleries in Vermont, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin, and multiple publications. His work serves to inform bridging the military-civilian divide by exploring the military experience, combat trauma, and their representations and perceptions in our culture.

Exhibitions

  • Collateral Damage Project, Pyle Center, Madison, Wis., 2022

  • Here + Now, Gallery 263, Cambridge, Mass., 2022

  • The Past Upon Us, Project Space 340, Sarasota, Fla., 2022

  • #NewVisions 2022, Texas Photographic Society, Houston, Tx, 2022

  • CAPTURED, Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, Calif., 2022

  • Open Call 2021, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vt., 2021

  • The Artist Intervenes, Praxis Photo Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minne., 2021 

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

  • War Paint: Profiles of Courage, Project Space 340, Sarasota, Fla., 2020, 2021

  • 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

 

Publications

  • VAST Art Magazine, Featured Artist, Issue # 3, 2021

  • Passengers Journal, Volume 3, Issue #1, 2021

  • 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 an arms exporter, 2015

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

  • TIME.com: “Leatherneck Lunch”, 2013

 

Awards

  • Honorable Mention, #NewVisions 2022, Texas Photographic Society, 2022

  • 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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