College of
Arts and Sciences

Elijah Gowin

Elijah Gowin
Chair and Professor, Studio Art
College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Info
Fine Arts Building, 114
Studio Art, Photography, Book Arts


Elijah Gowin has been teaching at UMKC since 2002. He teaches both chemical and digital photography with a focus on experimental tools and methodologies.
A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, Gowin’s photographs use images both captured with his camera and collected from the Internet. Gowin’s work examines the human experience in moments of spiritual and physical transition, such as in his recent series “Of Falling and Floating,” where figures are caught between land and sky. In 2008, he founded Tin Roof Press to publish books on art and photography and recently released a monograph of his work titled “Of Falling and Floating” to coincide with a solo exhibition at the Robert Mann Gallery in September 2011. Gowin is represented by the Robert Mann Gallery in New York and was a Charlotte Street Foundation award winner in 2006.


M.F.A. from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
B.A. from Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina

Courses Taught

  • Photography I
  • Book Arts
  • Alternative Photography
  • Senior Seminar


  • A Shared Elegy, Light Factory, Charlotte, NC. January-April 2020
  • PGI 40th 19792019, Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan. April-May 2019.
  • Image reproduction in Orvell, Miles: Photography in America, Oxford University Press, 2016
  • Exhibition, Collected: Works in Alumni Collections, June 5-August 30, 2015, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
  • Image reproduction in Davidson Journal, 2015