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By Sharman Andersen

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After graduating from Babson, Matt Welch ’87 studied art at the Maine College of Art for a few years and then eventually received a certificate to teach art from the University of New England. “I like to teach art. Too much is brought to us by technology today, so learning about the process of creating is powerful,” says Welch. “That’s good news for artists, but it’s a challenge in this fiscal environment.”

Welch displays a few of his paintings in the Flat Iron Gallery in the Arts District of Portland, Maine, just across the street from the Portland Museum of Art. Others may be seen on, where the focus is primarily on Maine artists, and on Pinterest. He also is a member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston. “The art business is similar to any other business in that networking, getting your name out, and how you present yourself are important,” says Welch. “You never know what will work or when.”