About Matthew Ryan Smith, Ph.D.
Matthew Ryan Smith, Ph.D., is the Curator of the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
Matthew is also a writer and sessional professor of curatorial studies at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. He is the literary editor of First American Art Magazine and the Canadian section editor of the forthcoming Art Market Dictionary. Matthew also sits on the editorial board of the Moving Image Science Research Group at Kiel University, Germany.
In 2012, he earned his Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture at Western University. His current research addresses postcolonial expressions of trauma among Indigenous populations and the aesthetic legacy of indentured labour.
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.
For guest lectures, writing opportunities, and other engagements, please contact: email@example.com
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
- Dean's Entrance Scholarship, York University, 2003
Book Chapters (3)
Contribution to Book
(Forthcoming) Making Home: The Aesthetics of Indentureship in Andil Gosine ...
Coolitude 2: An Anthology of Indian Labour Diaspora (2017)
Andil Gosine’s Cane Portraiture emerges from a set of conditions that aestheticizes the social history of indentured labourers, of “coolies,” ...
Contribution to Book
(Forthcoming) Tell-Tale Signs: Unsanctioned Graffiti Interventions in Post-Apartheid Johannesburg
Bronze Warriors and Plastic Presidents: Public Art in South Africa, 1999-2015 (2017)
My chapter for the edited anthology Public Art in South Africa: 1999-2014 engages the much-neglected visual discourse of graffiti-as-public-art and ...