Christen Mattix
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2005 M.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute, film & painting
2001 B.F.A. Western Washington University, cum laude

Solo & Two Person Shows

2016 Love Loves to Love, (The Malissa Perry Project), Makeshift Gallery, Bellingham, WA
        “For Longing,” solo, Social Fabric, Bellingham, WA
2011 “Entanglements,” solo, Corridor Gallery, Seattle, WA

2009 “You Did Not Choose Me, I Chose You,” two person, Shift Studio, Seattle, WA

2008 “You Are The Landscape,” solo, Shift Studio, Seattle,WA

2003 “Tram Bui and Christen ‘Ru’ Mattix,” Nico Gallery, Seattle

2007 “Blue Sky Paintings,” solo, SPAC Gallery, Seattle, WA

Select Group Exhibitions (*denotes film screening)

2018 Bird Art Show (invitational) Smith and Vallee Gallery, Bellingham, WA

2017 “Drawing Practice,” Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibition, (Curator: Catharina Manchanda) Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

Objectification, (invitational) Smith and Vallee Gallery, Bellingham, WA

“Aftermash: Local Artists on African American Experience,” (Curators: David Francis 
and Suni Tolton) Shoreline City Hall, Shoreline, WA

2016 Former James Washington Residents Art Show, City Hall, Seattle, WA

Love Loves to Love, Makeshift Gallery, Bellingham, WA

Between the Lines, Makeshift Gallery, Bellingham, WA

Struggle and Strength, (AIDS Show) Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2014 Bird Art Invitational, Smith and Vallee Gallery, Bellingham, WA

Healing Through Art, St. Joseph Medical Center, Bellingham, WA

*“Finding Home,” Snowdance Film Festival, Chelan, WA

2013 Petite Fours, Allied Arts Gallery, Bellingham, WA

2012 James Washington Artists in Residency, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Re-Art,” (juried) Allied Arts, Bellingham. WA

Spitting Image 2012,” Rosen Gallery, Seattle, WA

“The Spirit of Prophesy,” (curated by Elizabeth W. Noyes) St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA (catalog)
2011 Autumn Installation, (curated by Barbara Shaiman) SAM Gallery, Seattle, WA

Re-Art,” Smith-Vallee Gallery, Edison, WA

Spitting Image,” Rosen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Department of Art Biennial Exhibit,” Western Gallery, Bellingham, WA

2010 “Collective Singular,” (curated by Sandra Ceas) – Core Annex, Denver, CO

“Genesis,” Bridge Gallery, Denver, CO

*“The Super8 Challenge,” Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA

2009 “Sea Shift,” G Gallery, Houston, TX

“Self-Absorbed,” (juried) SPAC Gallery, Seattle, WA
“The Beautiful, Grotesque and Sublime,” Lookout Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Summer Introductions,” (curator: Barbara Shaiman)-SAM Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007 “Small Works,” Shift Studio, Seattle, WA
Shift4: New Members Show,” Seattle, WA
Hope: Open/Closed,” (curated by Dr. Katie Kresser)-The Art Center, SPU, Seattle, WA
2005 “Master of Fine Arts Exhibition,” San Francisco Art Institute, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason (catalog)
The Postcard Show,” The Lab, San Francisco
Haunted,” Cellspace, San Francisco, CA
*“Expanded Cinema,” San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2004 “Tyrannical Norm,” (juried), Mnemonic Gallery, Seattle, WA
Small Works,” (juried), Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA
Continuing MFA Show,” Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2003 “No Lifeguard on Duty,” (curated by Linda Gardner)-Lucia Douglas Gallery, Bellingham, WA
2002 “Forgotten Works Challenge,” Forgotten Works Gallery, Seattle, WA
2001 “See-Saw,” 734 Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
2000 “Almost Nothing,” (curated by Tim Lowly)-Dynamite Project Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI “Beyond Borders,” (curated by Greg Kucera Gallery) Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA (catalog)
Curatorial Projects
“The Performance of Place,” Shoreline City Hall, Shoreline, WA, 2017
“The Poem Booth Project,” Bellingham, WA 2017-present
“The Art of Disappearing,” with artist Jacob Dahlgren, Sweden
“The Malissa Perry Project,” a collaborative art show with Malissa
Perry (an artist with Down Syndrome) & her caregivers, 2015

“Hurt,” 8th Day Community Center, Bellingham, WA, 2008

“Beyond Edge,”Curated with Mary Coss, The Other Roadside Attraction, Mount Vernon
“Minding the Body,” Lucia Douglas Gallery, 2001

Artist Lectures
Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 2005, 2013
Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C. Canada, 2011
911 Media Center, Edge Program, Seattle, 2007
Residencies & Awards
Doing Good Well, Emerging Female Leader in the Arts Nomination, 2013
James Washington Foundation, residency, Seattle, WA, 2010
Professional Artist Scholarship, Gage Academy, 2010‐2011
The Vancouver Project, residency, Vancouver, Canada, 2008
Outstanding Graduate Award,” Art Department, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 2001
First Prize, Beyond Borders College Art Competition, Juror: Jena Scott of Greg Kucera Gallery,
Viking Union Gallery, Bellingham, WA, 2000,
Studio Art Scholarship, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 2000
Teaching Experience

Private Drawing and Painting Instruction | 2013-present

Adjunct Professor | 2011, 2012, 2015
Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Half-Time Assistant Professor, Adjunct | Drawing/Painting | 2006‐2009

Seattle Pacific University, Seattle WA
Drawing and Painting Instructor | 2003, 2006

Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA
Painting Instructor | 2002, 2003

Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, WA
Drawing and painting instructor


Bikman, Margaret. “Yarn, yarn and more yarn (not a tall tale),” Entertainment News NW, Nov 16, 2017
Bikman, Margaret. “Rodeo Time…, get your poem in a poem booth,” The Bellingham Herald, Feb 8, 2017
Bikman, Margaret. ’12 Minutes Max’ shows diverse talents of Bellingham, The Bellingham Herald, Nov 4, 2015
Broten, Jamie Leigh. “Knitting to the Sea,” Horizon, April 30, 2014, p. 12
Burrit, Jenny. “Two Birds, One Stone, One Exhibit.” The Western Front, February 23, 2001, p. 13.
Crumpacker, Erin. “Beyond Borders Crossed Physical, Cultural Lines,” The Western Front, February 23, 2001,
p.13.City Arts Magazine, January 2011, Seattle, WA, pg. 31-33
Hackett, Regina, “First Thursday October 2009,” Seattle Art Blog, October 1, 2009
Hackett, Regina, “The Eyes Have it,” Blog, Jun 13, 2008, June 13, 2008
Henry, Dusty, “Artists Showcase Newfound Identities,” The Falcon, October 7, 2009
Holodnick, Sara, “Reclaiming Public Space in the Poem, Whatcom Talks, January 1, 2017
Kepferle, Amy. “A Week of Poetry,” Cascadia Weekly, December 6, 2017
Kepferle, Amy. “Poem Booth: Phoning it In,” Cascadia Weekly, December 21, 2016 pg. 12
Kepferle, Amy. “Healing Through Art: The Malissa Perry Project,” Cascadia Weekly, December 23, 2015
Harper, Beatrice, “From the Bench to the Bay,” The Western Front, April 15, 2014, pgs. 8-9
Lui, Marian, “First Thursday Art Walk highlights: Howard House, Vetri and Shift,” Seattle Times, October 1, 2009
McCarthy, Cheryl Stritzel, “Street Art: For Christen Mattix, Knitting a Half-Mile Line to Bellingham Bay is Part Art, Part Contemplation,” The Bellingham Herald, June 16, 2014.
McCarthy, Cheryl Stritzel, “Artist knitting rope to reach to Bellingham Bay,” The Bellingham Herald, June 11, 2012.
Millan, Courtney. “With her own two hands.” Falcon, February 21, 2007, pg. 7.
Response,” Spring 2008, pg. 15 and featured artist on back cover.
Sledge, Stacee. “Christen Mattix Completes 3 Year Project to Knit a Stream Down South Hill to Bellingham Bay” July 25, 2015
Sledge, Stacee, “Local Artist Knits a Stream Down South Hill to Bellingham Bay,” Whatcom Talk, May 17, 2014