Matthew Fischer (b. 1981) is a current fellow in Shandaken Projects' Paint School. Originally from Wisconsin, he now lives and works in New York City where he has shown at Jack Tilton Gallery, Jack Hanley Gallery, 247365, Louis B James and Eddy’s Room. He has been a fellow in residence at The Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island, NY and twice at The Edward F. Albee Foundation in Montauk, NY. Fischer has been a visiting critic at Cooper Union, SUNY-New Paltz, Parsons and Pratt Institute. He earned an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from The University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He currently teaches painting at the 92Y and art history at the Central Queens Y. He grew up in the woods of Wisconsin where he developed a personal connection to trees, plants, water and space which have become keystones of his work.