Matt Dooley is a cartographer and artist living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His work intersects the boundary of art and cartography, using non-traditional media, such as clay and gunpowder, to create maps.

In 1997, Matt earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Nebraska and pursued a career in field archaeology throughout the Great Plains and American West. Spurred by an interest in field mapping, he returned to Nebraska and earned his MA and Ph.D. in Geography. 

From 2013 to 2015, Matt studied ceramics at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls under the mentorship of Randy Johnston and continues making ceramic vessels that reference ancient pottery traditions in Asia and the Americas.

Matt works as a professor of Geography & GIS at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he teaches courses in cartography, GIS, and spatial justice.


How to Map a River with Gunpowder, National Geographic's All Over the Map blog, Nov. 2016.

Love Maps? This Exhibit is for You, Interview with Tom Crann on Minnesota Public Radio, Oct. 2015.

Shoebox Gallery Hosts Final Show, City Pages, Oct. 2014.

Recently Published

The Tangible Map Exhibit, with Caroline Rose and Jake Coolidge. In Cartographic Perspectives. Serialized for 2015, released January 2017.

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