Tyler Jo Smith
A.B., Classics, Davidson College 1989
Associate Professor, Classical Art and Archaeology
Tyler Jo Smith is a classical archaeologist who specializes in Greek vase-painting and iconography. Her research has focused largely on images of komasts (revellers) in Archaic Greek art and their relationship to drama, religion, and social customs. Her book entitled Komast Dancers in Archaic Greek Art was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. Her other areas of research include the archaeology of Anatolia and the Black Sea, connections between art and religion, ancient performance, and the history of collecting. She has co-edited (with M. Henig), Collectanea Antiqua: Essays in Memory of Sonia Chadwick Hawkes (BAR, 2007), and A Companion to Greek Art (ed. with D. Plantzos) is forthcoming with Blackwell Publishing.
Professor Smith offers lectures and seminars in many areas of ancient art and archaeology including vase-painting, material culture, iconography, religious festivals, and theory and methods at both undergraduate and graduate levels. With John Dobbins and Natasha Dakouri-Hild, she teaches and advises students in the graduate Program in Classical Art and Archaeology. She was the 2010 recipient of the Award for Excellence in College Teaching given by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, and is currently one of ten Mead Honored Faculty at the University of Virginia for her undergraduate research project: Apotheke.
An active field archaeologist, Professor Smith has participated on excavations in Greece (Knossos, Chios), Sicily (Morgantina), and England (Oxford), and in field surveys in Turkey (Northern Lycia). At UVa she is involved with the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, the Arab-American Student Association, and has been a Faculty Fellow of Hereford College since 2001. She is a member of the British School at Athens, the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, the International Dance Council, the Classical Association of Virginia, and the Archaeological Institute of America, for which she serves as Secretary of the Charlottesville society. Her recent honors include the T.B.L. Webster Fellowship at the Institute of Classical Studies in London, a Research Fellowship of the M. Alwyn Cotton Foundation, a fieldwork grant from the Mediterranean Archaeological Trust, and in summer 2008 she was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. During the academic year 2011-2012 Prof. Smith will hold a research fellowship at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC.
McIntire Department of Art