Matt Toole grew up around the barrier islands and salt marshes of Savannah, Georgia. He received a BFA from Georgia Southern University in 1994 and an MFA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 2000. Toole has since been a resident artist at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, The John Michael Kohler Art’s Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and Franconia Sculpture Park near Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota. He has traveled throughout the U.S., U.K., Latvia, and Ireland collaborating on cast iron projects and creating performances dealing with the process of casting metal. Mr. Toole has been involved with the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art since 1997. He was formerly a professor of Foundation Studies and Sculpture at the Savannah College of Art and Design from 2005 until 2016.
2014 – Savannah College of Art and Design Sabbatical Award
2010 – Savannah College of Art ad Design, Presidential Fellowship
2005 – Chancellor’s Award, University System of Georgia / Americas Council.
2002 – Franconia Sculpture Park / Jerome Fellowship Award.
2001- Franconia Sculpture Park / Jerome Fellowship Award.
2000 – Scottish Sculpture Workshop International Bursary Award.