The work of Matthew Rangel, an artist from the San Joaquin Valley of California, is focused on land-based artistic practice in which his creative research aims to link the natural to the human and embody the physical aspects of landscape through personal narrative. Recently his interdisciplinary creative practice, along with support and encouragement from influential scholars and community leaders, inspired a community arts initiative called the Kaweah Land and Arts Festival in Visalia, California. The festival included an exhibit, symposium, and outing which brought together a variety of artists, scholars, scientists, and members of the local community to collaborate and celebrate the land and the people of the Kaweah landscape, as well as discuss how the land inspired arts. Matthew attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, and went on to receive a BFA in Drawing/Painting and Printmaking from California State University, Long Beach in 2005, followed by an MFA from the University of Alberta in 2008. His work has been featured at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, Highpoint Centre for Printmaking in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Wildling Art Museum in Los Olivos, California, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and the White House in Washington, DC. Additionally, his work is in several notable public and private collections, such as the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, the University of Alberta’s Print Study Centre, the White House, and the Stonehouse Residency for Contemporary Arts. Recently, Matthew returned to San Joaquin Valley where he is a drawing instructor at College of the Sequoias.