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
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 fourth-year Ph.D. student 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 by focusing on queer ecology and ceramics production in the western United States.

During his time at UCSB Matthew has received numerous grants and honors. In 2016, Matthew received a Windgate Foundation Grant to support research at the Nora Eccles-Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA). While at NEHMA, he curated the exhibition Lighting the Fire: Ceramics Education in the American West. 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). In 2018, Matthew received a research grant through the Decorative Arts Trust to complete research towards his dissertation. Matthew has received the Graduate Committee Award (2017), the Chairperson’s Award (2018), and the LGBTQ Scholar of the Year Award (2018). In 2016 – 2017, he served as the co-Chair of the UCSB Art History Graduate Student Association and in 2018 co-organized the 43rd annual University of California Santa Barbara Art History Graduate Student Symposium Everyday Practices. His review of the exhibition The U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility appeared in the Journal of Modern Craft vol. 11 2018.

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 through the Weber State Matthew Shepherd Foundation.