Matt Sesow: Pet Projects

Access Gallery

June 18 - July 9, 2010

  • Live Painting and Gallery Talk: Friday June 18, 12:00–4:00 pm
  • Meet the Artist Reception: Friday June 18, 6:00–9:00 pm
  • Family Art Day: Saturday June 19, 10:00–1:00 pm
Matt Sesow - Resist

(from the press release)

Former IBM software engineer now a full-time Washington, D.C., artist, lost his left hand in a childhood accident. He is featured June 18 – July 9 at VSA Colorado/Access Gallery a nonprofit organization that offers education and opportunities for local children and adults with disabilities to learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.

Humor, tension, goggle eyes and shout-out color are putting self-taught artist Matt Sesow's acrylic paintings in museums, galleries, collections and exhibits worldwide. Not really an “angry young (age 44) painter,” yet he could have been. At 8 years, Sesow's left hand was severed by a landing airplane's propellor in rural Nebraska. While some of his first paintings 15 years ago were inspired by his childhood trauma, now he credits the accident for putting him on the “fast track” to becoming an artist.

A part of the artist's visit includes working with Denver youth in the gallery's summer program in an effort to encourage area teens with physical impediments to create, benefit from and enjoy art.

Beginning June 18, Sesow unleashes his expressionist animals in his show, “Pet Projects.” Here comes a menagerie of loved animals in funny, chaotic, frazzled lines and unnatural propportions. VSA Colorado is featuring the artist in one of its twelve Access Gallery shows annually.

A self-described news junky, Sesow might focus on The Denver Post while he's here, as he has on his hometown newspaper, The Washington Post. In his annual project, “31 Days in July,” since 2003 he has painted a 30-inch by 40-inch painting each day in July based on a page 1 Post article. He sold his first paintings 15 years ago at the Georgetown Flea Market, and was signed by an art dealer the same day. He earned a BS degree in computer/software engineering and never attended art school.

For more information on the artist and his work, visit

VSA arts is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by the late U.S. Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith. Nearly 5 million people with disabilities participate in VSA arts programs each year through affiliate programs in each state and in more than 60 countries worldwide.

VSA arts of Colorado was established in 1978. Each year its small staff and volunteers serve nearly 10,000 people with disabilities, their families and those who work with them. It offers diverse educational opportunities for students of all ages with and without disabilities. VSA Colorado was the recipient of the 2009 Mayors Award for Excellence in the Arts. Call the gallery at 303 777.0797 or 303 777.0796 TTY for a session or with any questions.

Access Gallery/VSA arts of Colorado
909 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204



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