Matthew O’Reilly, a visual artist and current Masters of Education student with a Social Justice specialization, is featured in the October issue of The Walleye magazine.
The article, entitled “Matthew O’Reilly: Merging Art and Education with Social Justice,” explains that Matthew explores social and environmental justice themes in his artistic work, including climate change, mass consumption, and racial tension. Painting, ceramics, and pottery are his specializations.
"The MEd program helps me connect to the artwork I produce by versing me in a whole body of literature that supports and is relevant to my content," he says.
"When one creates art, they also create a learning experience for the viewer. So creating artwork is a lot like creating a lesson plan or lecture, and I would like to leave viewers (learners) thinking critically about the world around them."