Matthew Choberka (2022)

Art professor Matthew Choberka was selected as the 2022 Hinckley fellow for excellence in teaching, scholarship and community engagement. 

Choberka has inspired art students at Weber State since 2005. 

He serves as director of the Matthew S. Browning Center for Design, a collaborative space focused on urban arts design and planning, and co-teaches a study abroad program in Venice, Italy, for art and art history students. Previously, he served as chair of WSU’s Department of Visual Art and Design. 

“Matt is a superstar scholar and his talent has been widely recognized,” said WSU provost Ravi Krovi. “Many of his students have gone on to attend the best graduate programs in the nation.” 

Choberka’s art has been showcased nationally and internationally, including two solo exhibits in Beaux-Arts des Ameriques in Montreal, Canada. Three of his recent paintings were featured in issue 150 of the New American Paintings journal.

“Weber State is the kind of place where ambitions, and even daydreams, are rewarded,” Choberka said. “Whether I served as department chair or had the privilege of taking students to Venice, Italy, I’ve been able to keep up my research and find that balance between my studio practice and teaching.”

Off campus, Choberka was instrumental in planning and implementing the Dumke Arts Plaza, a public space in downtown Ogden dedicated to art exhibits and performances.