Martyna Matusiak

Martyna and Olek

Assistant Professor of Art

Martyna Matusiak joined the art faculty of West Liberty University in August 2012. Prior to that, she taught printmaking, drawing, and mixed media courses at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. At WLU she teaches printmaking, silkscreen, and advance drawing. Her own artistic practice combines all of the above mentioned mediums.

She grew up in Knurów, Poland in a communistic multifamily apartment building surrounded by hundreds of multifamily buildings identical in structure. Straight lines, sharp angles, lack of color, and lack of green space, in addition to the small mining city rhythm, influenced her point of view and sensitivity. She often wonders if that’s why her own art is often monochromatic and uses repetition—at least for now.

Every semester she is eager to meet her new students, when after the first demonstration of a specific technique in the cherished print lab, a student says: “Wow! That’s like magic!” her day is truly made, because she also thinks that way. Students keep surprising her with amazing work and creative ideas, and she always strives to get the best out of each of them.

She recently became a mama to a wonderful boy, Olek. He pretty much changed her life. He is her new companion in the studio, and in life. He is the best thing ever happened to her, and she will let you know about it, as she can really talk about him a lot.



 2010                M.F.A        Major: Drawing / Minor: Print Media & Video

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

2007               M.A             University of Opole, Poland

Art Education (specialization: Multimedia/Painting)

2003-2004                        Adam Mickiewicz University at Kalisz, Poland

Art Education (30 transfer credits)



11-12.2013       Trace + Gestures, Rose Netzorg and James Wilfrid Kerr Gallery

Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Gwen Frostic School of Art,

Western Michigan University, MI

01-02.2013      Oddities, Faculty Exhibition, Nutting Gallery, West Liberty University, WV

05.2012            The End, The Brew House Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

02.  2012          Our Daily Rite, ArtSpace, New Haven, CT

02. 2012           Multiversity

University Museum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA

12.02.2011        Mean, Median, Mode

Artists Image Resource, Pittsburgh, PA

12.01.2011       Emergence

Digital Exhibition, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, Georgia


08.2011           Bogigian Gallery, Wilson College, Chambersburg  PA (solo)

07-08. 2011 22.25 x 2.25 International Print Exchange

Oxbow Press Gallery, Reno, NV


05- 06. 2011     9 x 12, Ferencovasi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Exhibition organized by Hungarian Multicultural Center

2010                 New Juried Visual Art Exhibition,

Three Rivers Arts Festival,Pittsburgh, PA


2010                  74th Annual Scholarship Art, Music and Tea Reception,

The Butler Institute of American Art, Butler North, OH

2009                 Fortunately, M.F.A Thesis Exhibition,

Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA

Video Shorts, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

Postcard from the Edge, Metro Picture Gallery, New York, NY

Annual Graduate Student Exhibition, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA

2008Calm Americans, ArtWorks, Johnstown, PA

Process, Hybrids, Synthesis, Graduate Student Exhibition,

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA

2007                 Master Thesis Exhibition, BWA Gallery of Contemporary Art, Opole, Poland

2006                  Go Figure, Panza Gallery, Pittsburg, PA

Advanced Drawing and Graduate Work, Heart Box Gallery, Pittsburg, PA.

2005                   Holiday Exhibition, Annex of Contemporary Gallery of Art, Opole,


2004                   In Progress, Old Paper Factory, Ostrowek, Poland



 08.2011-05.2012      Distillery 6, Artist in Residence, Pittsburgh, PA

07. 2011                        Artist’s Summer Residency, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA, USA



 08.2012-current         Assistant Professor of Art

Printmaking, Drawing

West Liberty University, West Liberty, WV

08.2011-08.2012         Assistant Professor of Art

Color 2-D Design, Figure Drawing, Fundamentals of Drawing,

Advanced Mixed Media,

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

08.2010- 05. 2011       Adjunct faculty

Print Media

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

03. 2009 -05.2010      Artist’s Assistant for Nayda Collazo—Llorens

03. 2009-09.2010       Artist’s Assistant for Patricia Villalobos- Echeverria


08.2007-05.2009        Graduate Assistantin Print Media, Indiana University of  

Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

08.2007-05.2009         Graduate Assistant in Drawing, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA


2006-2007                        Art Instructor , Crisis Intervention Center, Opole, Poland



2009                        Indiana University Faculty’s Award

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA

2005                        Sponsor Award

Annex BWA Gallery of Contemporary Art, Opole, Poland



2008                        New Growth Arts Review

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Magazine for the Arts, Indiana, PA, USA

2007                        Master Thesis Exhibition, Catalog Published, University of Opole, Poland

2004                        24 Mini Print International of Cadaques, Spain, p.51



 Robert Isenberg, “At the PCA, a revue of animation shorts explores the form with weirdness and humor”, Pittsburgh City Paper, June 11, 2009



2008                        Polish Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY, USA