Matthew Limb

Matthew Limb
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Modern and Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design; Queer Cultural Production; Queer Theory
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
M.A. Thesis: "Don't Forget to Remember: The Defiant Queer Hand in David McDiarmid's Man Quilt, 1978" (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, completed 2015)


Matthew Limb is a third-year Ph.D. student and Doctoral Scholars Fellow at University of California Santa Barbara where he specializes in Contemporary art, craft, and design with a minor specialization in queer cultural production and performance. His research examines the overlap of craft production with queer culture during the AIDS crisis — with a focus on areas outside of US coastal urban centers. During his graduate career, Matthew has interned with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and the Nora Eccles-Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA). While working for NEHMA through a Windgate Foundation grant, Matthew curated the exhibition Lighting the Fire: Ceramics Education in the American West (2016). In 2016 - 2017, he served as the co-Chair of the UCSB Art History Graduate Student Association and in 2018 co-organized UCSB’s Art History Graduate Student Symposium Everyday Practices. In 2017, Matthew received the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowship for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad Grant through the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts (CASVA). His review of the exhibition The U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility appeared in the Journal of Modern Craft. Prior to coming to UCSB Matthew graduated with an M.A in Art History and Visual Culture from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a B.A in History from Weber State University where he received a scholarship from the Matthew Shepherd Foundation.