As an interdisciplinary media artist, Matthew Garcia's artistic practice investigates the ecology of place, land and movement. While Garcia is formally trained as a photographer, his fieldwork based art and research practice engages a spectrum of tools including performance, video, photography, mapping and land installation. Garcia is a 2016 Creative Capital Awardee. Matthew Garcia works between his studio in his ancestral home of Southern Colorado and the San Francisco Bay Area where he is currently an assistant professor of art and design at Dominican University of California. Garcia's work has been presented nationally and internationally at venues such as: Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris France), Museum of Contemporary Native Art - MoCNA (Santa Fe,NM), Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, The International Symposium on Electronic Art (2012,2015), Balance-Unbalance Festival (Noose, Australia) and HASTAC (Lima, Peru).
2017 Faria de la Terra, Community Performance, Take Part/Make Art, Santa Barbara Museum of
         Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA
2017 Ecologies of Resistance, Solo Exhibit, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM 
2016 DesertArtlab Field-site, Land Art,  Mesa Junction, Pueblo, Colorado
2015 Practice Ecology, Heard Museum, Locavore Fest, Pheonix,Arizona,
2015 ECIAI, Alter Studio Final Exhibit, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
2015 Mobile Eco Studio, Balance-Unbalance Exhibit, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2014 Engaged, Group Exhibit, Lift Gallery, Greensboro College, Greensboro, North Carolina 
2014 Prairie Requiem, Environmental Performance, Konza Prairie, Manhattan,Kansas
2014 Digital Artifact, 3D prototyping, MiniMaker-Faire, Manhattan, Kansas
2014 Digital Ecologies, Exhibit, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque,New Mexico
2014 Digital Latin America, Group Exhibit, 516 Arts, ABQ, New Mexico
2013 Trans_Border, Environmental Performance, Arkansas River, Dodge City ,Kansas
2013 Visual Inquiry, Group Exhibition, Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
2013 Agriculture Exchange, Screening/Intervention, Manhattan Farmers Market, Manhattan, Kansas
2013 LandKnowledge, University of West Virginia Film Festival, Morgantown, West Virginia
2013 LandKnowledge, CITY-2013 Film Festival, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
2013 ‘Non-Linear West’, Abstract Currents, Screening, The Museum of Modern Art-Pop Rally, New York, New York
2013 Desert Sorbet, Food Performance, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
2013 Mobile ECOSTUDIO,Screening, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Arizona
2013 Cactus Comestible, Food Performance, Open Engagement, Portland State University, Portland,OR
2013 The Southwestern Culture Conference, Screening ,Chicano Border Film Panel, Abq, New Mexico
2013 Displacement Tours, The Green Revolution, Group Exhibit, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ
2012 Breaking Boundaries, Screening, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phx, AZ
2012 The Grand Harvest, Group Exhibit, Williamsburg Art and History Center, Brooklyn, New York
2012 Beyond Landscape, Group Exhibit, Marin Foundation, Novato, California
2012 re:PLACE, solo exhibit - Bokeh Gallery, Phoenix Arizona
2012 COMPLEX ADAPTIVE ARTISTS, Group Exhibit, Global School of Sustainability, ASU, Tempe,AZ
2012 RECLAIM: Vacant land performance, Phoenix, AZ
2011 Desert ArtLAB Marching Band: ASU Homecoming Parade, Tempe, AZ
2011 Art, Ecology, Action, Solo Exhibit, Monorchid Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2011 It’s not Just Black and White, Collaborating artist, exhibit , ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
2011 10 Cameras Project, Group Exhibit, Optima CamelView Village, Scottsdale, AZ
2011 On the Border: The Migration of Food and Food Traditions, Group Exhibit, International
Sonoran Desert Alliance, Ajo, AZ
2011 Local Histories: The Ground We Walk ON,Group Exhibit, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
2010 Two or Three Things We’ve Learned, IG Bildende Kunst Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2010 When Art Becomes Political: Screening at Arizona Historical Society,Tempe, AZ
2010 Biendvenidos Here, ASU Art & Community Graduate Exhibition Art Intervention and
Community Event, Welcome Diner, Phoenix, AZ
2010 Anaglyph Experiments,Group Exhibit, Westwind Studio, Art Detour, Phoenix, AZ

2017 Artist Talk, Indian Market, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2016 Desertification Cookbook, Creative Capital Retreat, Experimental Media and Performing Arts
         Center (EMPAC), Troy, NY
2016 Expanding Deserts, Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA 
2016 Aesthetic of Ecological Reliance, Ecologies of Creative Activism, College Arts Association,      
         New Media Caucus, Washington DC 
2015 ECIAI, European Center for Indigenous American Interpretation, Alter Studio, 
         Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
2015  Human/Non-Human: Biologies, Ecologies and Subjectivities in New Media Art, ISEA              
         Vancouver, Canada
2015 Walking Indigenous Waterways, Presentation at Balance UnBalance Festival, Arizona State 
         University, Tempe, Arizona
2015 Mobile Eco_Studio, Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) series of lectures,     
         Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
2014 Open Ecology and Public Practice, Presentation/Screening, Subtle Technologies Festival 2014,
        Ryerson University, Toronto,Canada
2014 Public Pedagogy + New Media, Arts and Technologies for Social Responsibility
        Panel, Humanities,Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC),
        Ministerio de Cultura, Lima, Peru
2014 Practice Ecology, Stem+ Art Panel, Digital Latin America Symposium, Albuquerque
        Museum of Art and History , Albuquerque, New Mexico
2014 Ecological Homeland, National Association for Chicana and Chicano 
         Studies (NACCS) Midwest FOCO Conference, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
2014 Latino Book Festival, Rawlings Library, Pueblo, Colorado 
2013 Mobile ECOSTUDIO, Ecology in Practice Panel, Global Conference on Ecological     
         Restoration,  Madison,Wisconsin
2013 Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, invited panelist,
        Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana
2013 Before It Begins… And When It’s Over, Artist Panel, Open Engagement, Portland State University,
        Portland, Oregon
2013 Social Art in the Rural Context, RuralScapes Panel, Open Engagement
        Portland State University,Portland Oregon
2013 1000 Cactus Project, Balance-UnBalance International, Central Queensland University,
        Queensland, Australia
2013 Utilizing Ancient Landknowledge and Community Practice to Respond to Shifting
        Ecological Realities, Session Chair, International Academic Forum, Osaka, Japan
2012 The International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), Presentation in Trans-Species Habits Forum
        Albuquerque, New Mexico
2012 Displaced Ecologies/Community, Art, Ecology, Ethics Panel, European Research Network
        Sociology of the Arts, Universitat fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien, Vienna, Austria
2011 Cactus Mapping, Light It Up! Optimizing Public Practice, A.E. England Gallery, Phoenix, AZ,
2011 LANDKnowledge, Ecological Intervention and Inequality Conference, George Mason University,
        Fairfax, VA
2010 Employing Social Art Practice: Exploring New Methods for Research and Geopolitical Realities, Space
        re:Solutions: Intervention and Research in Visual Culture,
        Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
2010 Project EloteBlanco, LGSA Annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium, Arizona State University

2017, DesertArtLAB youth camp, Santa Barbara, CA 
2017 Santa del Desierto, El Centro Community Center, Santa Barbara, CA
2016 DryLand Fellowship, Reading the Landscape, DesertArtLAb fieldsite, Pueblo Colorado
2014 New Media + New Mexico, Stem+Art Workshop/Performance, National Hispanic Cultural Center, ABQ, New Mexico
2014 Language and Place, Independent Media Workshops, Tewa Women United, Espanola, NM
2014 Desert Ecology & Art, Artist Talk, Chicano Studies Program, Colorado State University -Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado
2012 Social Art Practice Workshop, Artist Talk/ Workshop, Sierra Vista High School, Tolleson, Arizona
2012 Learning from the Land, Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2011 Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, Artist Talk, Vienna, Austria

2016 Awardee, Creative Capital Grant, Emerging Fields, Desertification Cookbook 
2014 Faculty Enhancement Grant, mentored by Professor Michael Welsh, College of Arts and Science,
        Kansas State University $9,800
2011 Project DesertArtLAB honored by Mayor of Phoenix, Phil Gordon
2011 Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts, School of Art Special Talent Scholarship
2011 Herberger Institute of Design Fall 2011 scholarship
2011 Coauthored chapter on visual culture and art intervention in volume Space (Re)
        Solution published by Transcript Fall 2011
2011 Nominated for ‘Teacher of the Year’ 2011 at Phoenix College
2011 ‘Best in Show’- On the Border: The Migration of Food and Food Traditions,
        International Sonoran Desert Alliance, Ajo, AZ
2010 Austrian Federal Ministry Grant for Science and Research for Vienna International
2010 Arizona State University, Student Enrichment Travel Grant to Vienna Austria
2010 Western States Art Federation , NALAC Conference Scholarship
2010 Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts, Travel Grant !

2015 Mobile Eco-Studio, Media Art and the Urban Environment - Engendering Public
        Engagement with Urban Ecology, Springer-Verlag Publishing, by Maria Michails
2014 Mobile Eco-Studio, “Encouraging participation in the right places”, Noema - Italy based web
        journal , May 29th 2014
2014 CLS, Art in Review: "Digital Latin America" at 516 Arts, The New Mexican Weekly, June 27, 
2014 Desert Artlab “Awareness in Altruism” ArtEngine Blog, Ottawa, Canada, June 6, 2014
2013 Open Engagement - Web Journal, Artist Profiles by Carli Fronius,
        Social Art and Practice Program, Portland State University
2013 Edible Stories showcases the nutritional value of the desert, Hip Veggies Blog by Monika
2012 “Five Must-Attend Lectures in Phoenix This December” by Becky Bartkowski 
        Phoenix New Times,Dec 11th 2012
2012 “Desert ArtLAB Explores Native Ecology in A Public Lecture: Learning From The Land,” by Laura
        Saria, Phoenix New Times, Dec. 12th 2012
2012 ‘Gallery owner continues to help build arts scene he envisioned’ Downtown Devil by By Clarissa
2012 ‘LandKnowledge’ - Public Knowledge Journal, Virginia Tech University by Matthew Garcia
2011 Coauthored, Bojorquez Garcia, chapter on visual culture and art intervention in volume, Space
       (Re)Solution, published by Transcript Fall 2011
2011 Collaborative Cactus Planting at Parque Libertad in Garfield Downtown Phoenix Journal by J.
        Seth Anderson
2011 Desert ArtLAB brings LAND Knowledge to Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix Journal, by J. Seth
2008 Arizona Commission for the Arts, “Limonda” published in commission’s annual brochure !