My work represents many iterations of the philosophy that we are born from our innate connection with Nature and each other. We are ancestor and descendant, amoeba and mammoth, hawk and mouse, forest and wind, chaos and pattern, particle and wave. We are all born from the same stars, sculpted from the same source, and contain the same life.
Amanda Matthews is an American sculptor and designer of public art and the space it inhabits. She is also a writer, public speaker, and the CEO of Prometheus Art, a Design/Build Firm located in Lexington, KY.
A commitment to women, fairness, civil rights, and community is central to Matthews’ work, which recognizes and honors the plight of women, those who are marginalized, and others still seeking equal rights and representation. She designs large-scale monuments and installations with emphasis on accessibility for all people.
Messengers, her ongoing body of work, captures the magic and mystery of our place, as animated spirits, within the natural world. This series deeply considers the spectra of gender and sexuality through a cultural and anthropological lens.
Matthews serves as:
*CEO, Prometheus Art,
*Vice-Chair, Kentucky Oral History Commission,
*President of the Board of Directors, Artemis Initiative Public Charity,
*Founding Member, Monumental Women of Kentucky, State Commission.
A graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s in Studio Art & Philosophy, Matthews also studied Fine Art and Architecture in Paris, France in 1989.
She has received 22 professional grants and several significant business awards, including:
*SBA Pacesetter Award,
*NAWBO Business Owner of the Year, STRIVE Award,
*National Association of Women in Construction, Bluegrass Diamond Award.
Selected national and international media coverage:
*CBS Saturday Morning Feature,
*NBC News NOW Feature,
*New York Times,
*The Washington Post,
*BBC World News Service,
*NPR, All Things Considered,
*American History TV – C-SPAN3,
*Smithsonian Magazine listed The Girl Puzzle Monument in New York City 3rd of 9 “Must-See Sculptural Installations” in the World.
Selected notable collections:
*New York City Public Art Collection
*Kentucky Capital Monuments Collection
*Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport Collection
*SEEK Museum Collection (US Civil Rights Trail)
*Aviation Museum KY/Blue Grass Airport Collection
*Greater Clark Foundation Collection
*Georgetown College Collection
*Singletary Center for Arts Collection
*Lexington, KY LFUCG Public Parks Collection
*Roman Catholic Diocese Collection
Selected public speaking engagements:
*United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Summit July 2022
*NYC Public Library 2022
*NYC Community Board 8 Manhattan 2022
*Brearley Upper School, NYC 2022
*NY Mary Washington Colonial Chapter NSDAR 2022
*Harvard University Radcliffe Circle (Graduate Group) 2022
*Uniquely KY Podcast 2022,
*Looking for Drinkable Water Podcast 2022
*Portrettpodden Podcast, Norway 2021
*American History TV – C-SPAN3 2018