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Please contact Matthew if you are interested in having him speak to your congregation, organization or society, or including his work in your show. Matthew is available for presentations on a variety of topics in the areas of liturgical design, church architecture, and ecclesiastical art.

Art Shows, Awards and Exhibitions

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: July 2010. Two of Matthew's architectural watercolors were on display at the grand opening of the Deerwood Studios building in Brown Deer, along with work by other local artists.

Washington, D.C.: June 2010. Matthew's work "St. Augustine" (2009) was on display at the recent event "An Evening with the Sacred Arts," sponsored by the Foundation for the Sacred Arts. Other exhibitors included noted painters Neilson Carlin and Anthony Visco.

Washington, D.C.: April 2010. Matthew's thesis project, a design for a seminary in La Crosse, Wisconsin, was entered in the "A Living Presence" design competition.

Stillwater, Minnesota: November 2009. Several church furnishing and conceptual church designs, as well as original ink illustrations, were on display at the grand opening of Loome Sacred Gifts, a department of Loome Theological Booksellers.

Washington, D.C.: November 2009. Several church furnishing and conceptual church designs, as well as original ink illustrations (including "Mystical Crucifixion with Angels Bearing Chalices" and "St. Michael," both 2006), were on display at the annual St. Cecilia's Arts Festival.

Latrobe, Pennsylvania, October-November 2009. A print, "The Three Holy Maidens" (2007), and an original ink illustration "St. Cassian of Imola" (2008) were accepted and displayed as part of the Catholic Art Competition and Exhibition at the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent's College.

The Rambusch Prize for Religious Architecture, 2006. Awarded to Matthew Alderman for his University of Notre Dame thesis project Christ the King Seminary, La Crosse, Wisconsin


Previous Speaking Appearances


The Ride Home with John and Kathy.  Matthew Alderman appeared for a short segment on gargoyles in Christian art on this drive-time Pittsburgh radio show on 101.5 WORD FM in July 2016.


Aim High with Fr. Jason Kulczynski.  Matthew Alderman has been a repeat guest on this satellite radio show, discussing saints, Catholic art, the Camino de Santiago, and his heraldic work with the host, throughout 2015-2016.

History of Ecclesiastical Architecture. Week-long course taught by Matthew Alderman at the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in Rome, as part of the Rome Experience summer program, June 2015.

"The Enclosed Garden."  Address to the Trinity Catholic School and Home Association at their annual fundraising gala, Mission San Luis, Tallahassee, Florida, February 2014.  Text here.

"The Last Emperor: The Life and Times of Blessed Karl of the House of Austria."  Presentation to the Second Watch, graduate student group at the Boston University Catholic Center, October 2013.


"The Influence of the Twentieth-Century Liturgical Movement on American Church Architecture." Paper given at conference sponsored by the Church Music Association of America, "The Renewal of Sacred Music and the Liturgy in the Catholic Church: Movements Old and New," Minneapolis-St. Paul, October 2013.  Other conference speakers included Rev. Dr. Alcuin Reid, Dr. Jennifer Donelson, and Jeffrey Tucker.

Walking Tour of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Cambridge, MA, for Juventutem Boston, March 2013. 

"What Makes a Church a Church?"  Brighton, MA, Theology on Tap, December 2012. 

"Sacred Art in the New Evangelization."  Presentation to Salt and Light, graduate student group at the Boston University Catholic Center, Fall 2012.


"The Role of the Modern Liturgical Artist."  Presentation given to 800 students at Chaminade High School, Long Island, as part of artists' lecture series, October 2012.


"An Introduction to the Deeper Significance of Church Architecture."  45-minute presentation given to Lolek, a Catholic young adult group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 2010.

Day-Long Workshop. Matthew led a three-part workshop on sacred architecture and liturgical planning with 60 seminarians of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, February 2010. Sessions were entitled "Unto the Altar of God: Liturgical Planning" [recording here], "The Beauty of Holiness: Aesthetics and Theology" [recording here], and "Unless the Lord Build the House: Architecture for the Parish Priest."

"Building the Modern Monastic Church." Presentation given to Bishop Edwad Slattery, the monks of a local Benedictine priory, and other clergy at Tulsa, Oklahoma, December 2009. 

"The Beauty of Holiness: How the Catholic Church is Rediscovering Her Architectural Heritage."  Presentation given as part of the Cathedral Parish Theology on Tap series, Madison, Wisconsin, October 2009.

"Building the Modern Monastery." Presentation to the Prior and monks of Our Lady of Spring Bank Cistercian Abbey, Sparta, Wisconsin, October 2009.  A version of the lecture was given to a nearby convent of Cistercian sisters in Prairie-du-Chien the following month.

"Why Does Our Cathedral Look Like a Sam's Club?: The Decline and Rise of Catholic Architecture in the United States."  Presentation given as part of an ongoing series on the sacred arts at Thomas More College, Merrimack, NH, February 2009.

"Manifesting Heaven: Architectural Solutions to the Spirit of the Liturgy." Paper presented at the annual national Society for Catholic Liturgy conference at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, September 2007.  Other speakers included Thomas Gordon Smith, Duncan Stroik, and William Heyer. This was later published in adapted form in Antiphon: A Journal of Liturgical Renewal in 2008.

"Anglican Use Architecture." Paper presented at the annual national Anglican Use Society on a hypothetical student project for a Pastoral Provision church in Chicago, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 2006.  Other speakers included the late Cardinal Dulles and Fr. Carleton Jones, O.P.