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About Matthew Ryan Smith, Ph.D.

Matthew Ryan Smith, Ph.D., is the Curator & Head of Collections of Glenhyrst Art Gallery.

He is also the literary editor of First American Art Magazine and the Canadian section editor of the Art Market Dictionary.

Matthew has published extensively on art and visual culture in publications including Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Prefix Photo, ESSE Arts + Opinions, Briarpatch, Blackflash, C Magazine, Alternatives Journal, First American Art, Artinfo Canada, Magenta, ArtUS, Contemporary Canadian Glass, Visual Arts News, and FUSE.

Matthew has also published in several academic journals including Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music, 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.

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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

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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
  • Dean's Entrance Scholarship, York University, 2003

Contact Information


Exhibition Catalogues (2)

Book Chapters (2)

Articles (110)