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Associate Professor, Classical Art and Archaeology

Tyler Jo Smith

University of Virginia

Tyler Jo Smith is Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia. She received her AB in Classics at Davidson College and both her M.Phil. and D.Phil. in Classical Archaeology at Oxford University. An expert on ancient Greek art and performance, Professor Smith is the author of Komast Dancers in Archaic Greek Art (Oxford, 2010) and recently co-edited (with D. Plantzos) A Companion to Greek Art (Blackwell, 2012). Her current research is concerned with the relationship between religion and art in ancient Greece. An active field archaeologist, Professor Smith has participated in excavations and surveys in Greece, Sicily, and Turkey; she is at present a member of an international team excavating at Hacimusalar Höyük in central Lycia, Turkey (, where she is compiling a study of Roman religious sculpture. She has taught widely on Greek and Roman art and archaeology both in the USA and the UK, and was the recipient of the Award for Excellence in College Teaching of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in 2010. She is a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Classical Studies, London, a member of the International Dance Council (UNESCO), and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. She recently helped found the Lebanese Club@UVa and serves as a faculty advisor for the UVa Hellenic Society.