Matt Bowman

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Graduate Student
118 ABW

Academic Areas

Research Interests

American Art

Matt Bowman is ABD, specializing in nineteenth through early twentieth-century American & Native American art. He studies Puebloan art and representation by Euro-American painters and photographers; landscape and ecological issues; intersections between Indigenous and American art histories; and art histories of the American West and Southwest.

Matt 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 graduate 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.