About Matthew Ryan Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthew Ryan Smith is a freelance writer, independent curator, and sessional professor (University of Toronto, Mississauga) based in London, ON.
He completed his Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture at Western University in 2012. His current research addresses affect, trauma, and the ethics of spectatorship in contemporary photography and video practices with special attention to Indigenous perspectives. In 2012 he was named by Artinfo Canada in their "Top 30 Under 30," a list of Canadians under 30 showing promise in the art world.
Matthew has published extensively on art and culture in publications including Canadian Art, Prefix Photo, ESSE, Briarpatch, Blackflash, C Magazine, Alternatives Journal, First American Art, Artinfo Canada, Magenta, artUS, Contemporary Canadian Glass, Visual Arts News, and FUSE.
He has also published in several academic journals including (forthcoming) Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, (forthcoming) Photography and Culture, (forthcoming) Intersection: Canadian Journal of Music, (forthcoming) Journal of Curatorial Studies, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, The Senses and Society, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Criticism, WRECK: Graduate Journal of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, and Shift: Queen’s Journal of Visual and Material Culture.
For guest lectures, panel presentations, and other speaking engagements, e-mail: matthewryansmith733@gmail.com


Present Sessional Professor, University of Toronto

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Contemporary Art, Curatorial Studies, Autobiographical Art, Photography, Relational Aesthetics, Affect Theory, Trauma Theory, and Spectatorship

Honors and Awards

Selected for Artinfo Canada's "Top 30 Under 30", Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2011-2012, Western Research Scholarship, University of Western Ontario, 2008-2010, Graduate Student Teaching Award (Nomination), 2010, Dean's Entrance Scholarship, University of Western Ontario, 2008, UTAPS Bursary, University of Toronto, 2007-2008, Millenium Bursary, York University, 2004, and Dean's Entrance Scholarship, York University, 2003

Contact Information



Book Chapters (3)

Edited Journals (1)

Articles (77)

Curatorial (9)

Conferences, Symposia, Invited Presentations (14)

Other Writings (4)

Invited Presentations (1)