Matthew has degrees in Architecture, Photography, and Interdisciplinary Arts from the Catholic University of America, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Ohio University. After serving 12 years in the Army National Guard, he wanted to find a new way to contribute and give back to his community. He came up with the idea for Start with Art after realizing how few of his art students had ever visited art museums, galleries, or other cultural events. He realized that if he truly wanted to make an impact on their lives, he would have to find them long before they ever entered his classroom. In addition to Start with Art, Matthew also serves on the board of the Mattress Factory Art Museum and dedicates other time to the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Since our inaugural year, John has provided written descriptions of every print for the benefit of individuals with vision impairments. He has received many accolades for his teaching, poetry, and theatre writing. His work has been published in several recent anthologies including The Pittsburgh Anthology and CEA Creative. He currently is a Professor of English at Robert Morris University.