Matt Austin is an artist and educator based in Chicago. The output of his creative practice ranges widely in form, but share a focus on the importance of honesty and learning from others. Inspired by failure and often motivated by fear, he demonstrates his enthusiasm for living by trying. Austin is the founder and director of The Perch, a Chicago-proud platform for social exchange through the production of books, dinners, and events. He is a co-founder and core member of LATITUDE, an open digital print lab for Chicago, and works with ACRE Residency as a volunteer staff and partner gallery director. He is an arts instructor teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at Marwen, where he also works as the Coordinator of Exhibitions. His photographs have been exhibited widely, including exhibitions at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Catherine Edelman Gallery, as well as solo exhibitions at Johalla Projects and the University of Notre Dame. Austin is the Smart Museum's first Interpreter in Residence. Upon the completion of his residency, he will be publishing a book chronicling all of his experiences with museum visitors. He is also currently working toward releasing his next publication For the Birds Trapped in Airports, a book of photographs and writing about trying to be a better man.