Student Spotlight: Matt Catanzaro

Meet Matt!


Name: Matt Catanzaro (aka Matt Cat)

Year you’ll be graduating: 2020

Major: Graphic Design

Minor(s): Philosophy, Art History, Illustration, Bioethics Certificate

I am majoring in Art because I have loved art from a very young age so I wanted to spend my life doing what I love. I knew if I was going to spend four years focusing on something, I wouldn’t want it to be anything else but art. I believe that art is interconnected with so many different things. Music, theater, film, writing, painting, you name it.  To me, art is expressing one’s subjective human experience in such a way that other people can begin to understand it. I wanna be a part of that storytelling.

The kinds of things that inspire me are nature, music, history, comedy, interesting places, and people in general. Most of my inspiration for my paintings come from examining modern human interactions and making commentary on them. I believe people are like characters in a play. People and parts of our lives come and go like different characters and scenes. We don’t control when it’s our turn in the spotlight or who will be in the scenes with us. All we can do is give the best performance we could until our role is over. The director makes the decisions so all you can do is your part, and play it well. I like recording this play take place through my work, whether it be music, writing, or visual art.

My favorite class so far was Packaging Design because I made some of my best graphic design work in that class. Packaging design is so essential in day to day life and is definitely something I would like to focus in one day as a designer. Also, one of the projects from that class won 2 Addy awards in which I was very honored to receive.

When I’m not in class, I’m usually writing, creating music, painting, hiking, meditating, watching podcasts, lifting, sketching, or hanging with friends and family.

The coolest thing I’ve done so far at Marywood was either my solo painting exhibition show “Face Reality” in the Kresge Gallery this past October or the Marywood Mural project. Both were a lot of fun and really highlighted the art presence on campus.

When I graduate, I intend on pursuing a career in music under the name Cat Matthews. If that takes longer than it should, I’ll always have my major to fall back on. If I pursue a design career, I would likely move to Philly or DC. However, I am acting spontaneously with the whole career thing. I’m gonna see where life takes me at first!

The best spot to be on campus is the first floor at the learning commons. It reminds me of a town square in ancient Athens. Everybody’s studying and working on schoolwork and it’s just a great place to catch up with friends and enjoy a coffee in between classes.

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