Artist and Curator Matthew Bede Murphy co-founded the LAND Gallery and Studio in 2003. Matthew has over 20 years of experience serving developmentally disabled adults in art-related affiliations. He has partnered with museums, galleries, non-profits, and other institutions stressing inclusion, advocacy, and collections.
Sophia graduated from Oberlin College in 2006 with a degree in art history and a focus in studio art. Sophia has worked in art studios for adults with developmental disabilities for over 10 years. She joined our team in May of 2015. In her free time, she is a freelance writer focusing on Outsider Art. She also teaches independent art classes to artists with disabilities.
Valerie began working at LETC in 1990 in the children’s program. In 2003, she moved to the adult program and soon began working at LAND as an art specialist. Valerie arranges and oversees community visits for our artists, including trips to local art venues. Val is an artist and volunteers at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. As a member of the tabernacle's design team, she creates backdrops, props and murals. She's also a make-up artist in the their drama department.
Margot received her B.A. from Knox College and an M.P.S in Creative Arts Therapy with a specific interest in Outsider Art and the Open Studio approach from Pratt Institute in 2016. A practicing painter with a background as an artist's assistant for Mickalene Thomas and Santiago Calatrava, she also worked at the Frick Art Reference Library. She joined LAND in September 2015. Outside of LAND, she continues to paint, exhibit her own work and curate group exhibitions.