Tyler Jo Smith
A.B., Davidson College 1989
Assistant Professor, Greek 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 (revelers) in Archaic Greek art and their relationship to drama, religion, and social customs. She has recently revised her doctoral thesis (Oxford 1997) for publication. Other areas of research interest include the archaeology of Anatolia and the Black Sea, connections between art and religion, ancient performance, and the history of collecting. Her recent publications have appeared in the Annual of the British School at Athens, Art Documentation, Games and Festivals in Classical Antiquity, and Griechische Keramik im kulturellen Kontext. She is currently working on the publication of the Greek vases in the collection of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London.
Ms. Smith offers lectures and seminars in many areas of Greek art and archaeology, including vase-painting, iconography, religious festivals, and ancient Sparta. She has recently taught the “Introduction to Classical Archaeology” to undergraduates and has introduced to the graduate curriculum a seminar entitled “Theory of Classical Archaeology”. Along with Mr. Bell and Mr. Dobbins, she teaches and advises students in the graduate program in Classical Archaeology. Ms. Smith is further affiliated with the Department of Classics, and the Honors College, both of the University of Oklahoma, and teaches the summer course ’Oxford and Archaeology’ at Brasenose College, Oxford University.
As an active field archaeologist, Ms. Smith has participated on excavations and surveys in Greece (Knossos, Chios), Turkey (Northern Lycia), England, and most recently Morgantina, Sicily. At the University of Virginia, she is involved with the Hellenic Society, 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 American, for which she serves as Secretary of the Charlottesville Society.
McIntire Department of Art