Matthew Limb

Matthew Limb
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Modern and Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design; Environmental Humanities and Ecology; Environmental Design and Sustainability; Queer Cultural Production and Theory; Material Culture Studies
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
Committee Members: E. Bruce Robertson, Volker Welter
Disstertation: "'Living on the Edge': Craft, Land Use, and the American Environment"
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 seventh-year Ph.D. Candidate and Doctoral Scholars Fellow at University of California Santa Barbara. He specializes in contemporary art, craft, and design with a minor specialization in queer cultural production and performance. Matthew’s research examines the overlap of craft production with the environmental movement in the western United States.

During his time at UCSB Matthew has received numerous grants and honors: a Windgate Foundation Grant (2016), the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowship for Historians of American Art (2017), a Decorative Arts Trust Grant (2018), a Center for Craft Research Grant (2019), the Graduate Committee Award (2017), the Chairperson’s Award (2018), and the LGBTQ Scholar of the Year Award (2018). He has served as the co-chair of the UCSB Art History Graduate Student Association and co-organized the annual graduate student symposium in 2018. Additionally, Matthew has curated exhibitions on craft in the United States and writes art criticism.

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.


Matthew Limb. "Ceramics and the Environment in the Late-Twentieth Century American West."Link opens an external site The Decorative Arts Trust. 2019.

Matthew K. Limb. "The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility."Link opens an external site The Journal of Modern Craft 11, no. 1 (2018): 85-89.