College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Matt Bowman is ABD, specializing in nineteenth and early twentieth-century American art. He received a B.A. in Art History from Augustana College (IL), an M.A. in Art History from The University of Connecticut, and an M.A. in Indigenous Studies from The University of Kansas. His M.A. thesis at UConn uncovered meanings in John La Farge’s Old Philosopher stained glass window housed at The Thomas Crane Memorial Library in Quincy, MA. His M.A. thesis at KU investigated the historical and cultural significance of Cyrus Dallin’s The Scout, a monumental bronze statue of a Lakota on view at Penn Valley Park in Kansas City, MO. Between degrees he worked as an instructor at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL and as a docent at the Farnsworth House in Plano, IL. Matt’s interests in the doctoral program lie in public art and its receptions, landscape painting, representation of Natives by American artists, intersection between Indigenous and American art histories, and art of the American West and Southwest.