Faculty & staff
Tyler Jo SmithAssociate Professor
Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Mediterranean Art & Archaeology
Mediterranean Art and Archaeology
D.Phil. Oxford University, 1997
Tyler Jo Smith is Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program. She also participates in the running of the Classical Art and Archaeology Program for graduate students at UVa. As a specialist in ancient Greek vase painting, she is particularly interested in the iconography of performance and the relationship between art and religion. Smith is the author of Komast Dancers in Archaic Greek Art (Oxford 2010), the co-editor of A Companion to Greek Art (with D. Plantzos, 2012), and is currently writing The Art of Greek Religion (under contract with U. Penn Press). An active field archaeologist, Smith has participated on excavations and surveys in Greece, Sicily, Turkey, and England. In 2011 she joined the excavations at Hacimusalar Höyük with Bilkent University and the University of Richmond, for which she is publishing the votive sculpture.
Smith has received both national and local teaching awards, including the Award for Excellence in College Teaching given by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in 2010. Her recent grants and awards for research include the A.D. Trendall Fellowship at the Institute of Classical Studies in London, a Research Fellowship at the Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard University) in Washington, D.C., a Research Fellowship of the M. Alwyn Cotton Foundation, and a fieldwork grant from the Mediterranean Archaeological Trust. Since 2008 she has been an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
At UVa Smith is involved with the Hellenic Society and the Lebanese Club, and has been a Faculty Fellow of Hereford College since 2001. She is presently a member of the British School at Athens Foundation Board, the Development Committee of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, the American Committee on the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum (Archaeological Institute of America), and is also a Delegate-at-Large for the American Research Institute in Turkey. Her other memberships and affiliations include the Classical Association of Virginia, the Archaeological Institute of America, for which she serves as Secretary of the Charlottesville society, and the International Dance Council.