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Work by Christi Birchfield, 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow

strengthening, unifying and connecting greater Cleveland's arts and culture sector

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Meg Matko

Meg Matko

Administrative Associate

A visual artist and arts management hybrid, Meg has a vested interest and appreciation for the expansion of arts and culture in Northeast Ohio. Art-making, creativity and unconventional approach have played a fundamental role in Meg’s life since as early as grade school. After receiving a scholarship for her high school visual art portfolio, she attended Kent State University’s School of Art to continue her education in 2001. There she was accepted into the program and Honors College, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Sculpture. It was here that she honed her process, technique and concept into a body of sculpturally-based and performative work. When not in the studio, Meg acted as Art Director for the Centerville Mills YMCA, crafting a summer-long art program for over 200 children. She used her creative abilities as a care provider for typically developing children and children with disabilities at the Summit County Board of MRDD. After graduating in 2006, Meg accepted the position of studio assistant for established Cleveland-area sculptor Ginna Brand, while continuing to make her own work. She was Ms. Brand’s first female studio assistant and assisted in construction of her large-scale, abstract wood pieces. 

Through her work at CPAC, Meg has directly connected with other individual artists, most notably through the Creative Workforce Fellowship program, helping to guide potential applicants as well assisting the 2014 and 2016 recipients through their Fellowship year. She manages CPAC’s Artist Spotlights, which you can see in the Creative Compass email blast bi-weekly. She has provided counsel and support to artists through direct technical assistance conversations, as well as during CPAC’s Speak Up event, which she implemented in May of 2014. She co-managed the successful Creative Minds in Medicine Conference, working to convene more than 25 local and national speakers and over 150 guests. She has assisted in organizing and executing the Arts and Culture Roundtable discussion series as well as serving as the main point of contact for CPAC’s Board of Trustees. She has curated content for and assisted in development of the new online version of the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute, which is free to artists globally on

When not at CPAC, Meg is most likely making clay monsters with her son Ronin or working on her next piece. 

Contact: (216) 575-0331, x123 or Meg [at]

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