Dr. Rachel Smith
Professor of Art & Gilkison Chair
Office Location: Metcalf 113
Phone: (765) 998-4688
Specialties: architecture, art culture and theology, asian art, contemporary art, film, interdisciplinary arts, public art and cultural institutions, south african art, the history of christianity and art, western art, world christianity
Major career accomplishments:
Rachel Hostetter Smith holds the Gilkison Chair of Art History and served as chair of the Art Department from 1998 to 2007. She worked in book publishing for many years as an art director and administrator before returning to graduate school in Art History. She was a member of the graduate faculty of the School of Comparative Arts at Ohio University prior to joining the faculty of Taylor. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome on several occasions, a participant in NEH Summer Seminars on Medieval Art in Paris and York, and has taught in South Africa, China, Italy, and at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Smith also served on the Board of CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) for many years and is a founding member of the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA), for which she currently serves as President.
Professor Smith publishes on a wide range of topics in the arts in both academic and lay publications, including serving as editor for two volumes of Religion and the Arts on Latin American Art and on Paradise in Nineteenth Century British and American Art. She was Curator and Project Director of the international traveling exhibitions Charis: Boundary Crossings --Neighbors Strangers Family Friends and Between the Shadow and the Light: An Exhibition Out of South Africa. She is the Project Director for Matter & Spirit: A Seminar on Contemporary Chinese Art and Society for the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity. Smith received the Forman Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award at Taylor in 2010. She teaches art history and humanities courses at Taylor, is a member of the faculty of the Honors Guild, and oversees the Art History minor.