Elijah Gowin (he/him)

Elijah Gowin
Chair and Professor, Studio Art
Co-Media, Art and Design Faculty Mentor
Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Info
Fine Arts Building 114 and 204A
Photography; Art; Landscape; Entrepreneurship


Elijah Gowin has been teaching at UMKC since 2002. He teaches both chemical and digital photography with a focus on experimental tools and methodologies.

Elijah Gowin uses photography to speak about landscape and the human experience in moments of spiritual and physical transition. Working in a surrealist tradition, his photographs often involve alternative processes that combine hand-crafted techniques with digital imaging technologies. He is inspired by his family roots in the Southeastern United States, folk art traditions and Flannery O'Connor.

A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, Gowin’s photographs use images both captured with his camera and collected from the Internet. In 2008, he founded Tin Roof Press to publish books on art and photography and 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