Department of Art History professor Kathryn A. Smith has been elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London .
Founded in 1707, formally constituted in 1718, and granted a royal charter by King George II in 1751, the Society of Antiquaries of London is the oldest independent learned society concerned solely with the study of the past. Its stated mission is “the encouragement, advancement, and furtherance of the antiquities and history” of Britain and other countries. Fellowship in the Society, earned through a selective election procedure, recognizes significant achievement in the fields of archeology, art and architectural history, antiquities, material culture studies, museology, history, archival research, and preservation and cultural heritage. Fellows are drawn from the United Kingdom, Europe, and worldwide.
Professor Smith is the author of Art, Identity, and Devotion in Fourteenth-Century England (2003) (short-listed for the Historians of British Art Book Prize, pre-1800 category), The Taymouth Hours: Stories and the Construction of the Self in Late Medieval England (2012), and numerous articles, essays, reviews, and catalog entries on early Christian and medieval art, especially English art and illuminated manuscripts. She co-edited Studies in Manuscript Illumination: Tributes to Lucy Freeman Sandler (2007) and The Social Life of Illumination: Manuscripts, Images, and Communities in the Late Middle Ages (2013). She is Series Editor of Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages (Brepols Publishers), a co-editor of the journal Studies in Iconography (Index of Christian Art, Princeton University / Medieval Institute Publications), and a member of the Standing Editorial Board for Oxford Bibliographies Online for Medieval Studies.
Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), National Endowment for the Humanities, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has taught in the Department of Art History since 1998 and is a two-time recipient of the College of Arts & Science’s Golden Dozen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She served as Director of Undergraduate Studies from 2002-2005 and Chair of the department from 2010-2013. In 2014, she was named to The Art Career Project’s list of 15 Notable Art Professors in New York City .
(see our September 24th, 2014 blogpost).