Faculty & Staff
Dr. Rachel Smith
Professor of Art & Gilkison ChairOffice Location: Metcalf 113
Phone: (765) 998-4688
Specialties: Western Art, Art Culture and Theology, Contemporary Art, Asian Art, South African Art, The History of Christianity and Art, Interdisciplinary Arts, World Christianity, Public Art and Cultural Institutions, Architecture, Film
Vitae PDF: Dr. Rachel Smith's Printable Vitae
RACHEL HOSTETTER SMITH, Ph.D.
236 West Reade Ave., Upland, IN 46989-1001
Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1996. Art History.
Major area: Italian Renaissance Art
Minor areas: Medieval Art and Asian Art.
Dissertation: ‘Concors unanimis’ and Sixteenth Century Images of the Doge of Venice.
M.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1991. Art History.
Thesis: The San Marco Last Supper by Domenico Ghirlandaio: A Dominican Message.
B.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1981 with Honors. Art History major.
Attended Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois for part of undergraduate work.
Languages: Italian, French, some Spanish and German
Gilkison Family Chair in Art History, Professor, 1998-present (Tenured 2003; Associate Professor 1998-2003, Full Professor 2003- )
Administrative Chair, Dept. of Visual Arts, Taylor University, Upland, Indiana. 1998-2007.
Assistant Professor, School of Comparative Arts, Ohio University, Athens. 1995-1998.
Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Comparative Arts,1993-1995.
Associate Instructor, Department of Art History, Indiana University.1991-1993.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Art History, Michigan State University.1989-1991.
Visiting Professor Summer 2012, Regent College, Vancouver, BC. Graduate Sumemr Session. Invited to teach “The Interplay of Christianity, the Arts, and Culture”, June-July 2012.
Visiting Professor Summer 2006, Regent College, Vancouver, BC. Graduate Summer Session. Invited to teach “From Word to Image: Art as Incarnation and Revelation”, July 2006.
Visiting Professor Spring 2002, Orvieto Semester, Semester in Italy sponsored by Gordon College. Invited to teach a course on Iconography which resulted in a combined dramatic reading and multi-media presentation of “Emmanuel: God with Us—A Meditation on the Incarnation Based Upon Selected Writings of the Iconography Workshop”.
SELECTED AWARDS, HONORS, and RECOGNITIONS
2010 Franklin W. and Joan M. Forman Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, Taylor University
Featured in the Bulletin of The Stony Brook School, “Crossing Boundaries through Art,” Fall/Winter 2010.
Christianity, Contextualization, and the Visual Arts Seminar, Indonesia, June 2008. Selected participant.
Visiting Scholar, American Academy in Rome, Winter 2007-08
NEH Summer Institute, “The Cathedral and Culture: Medieval York” in York, England, June-July 2007
Visiting Scholar, American Academy in Rome, Spring 2006
1999 Albert W. Fields Award for Best Article of the Year, Explorations in Renaissance Culture, for “Providence and Political Innocence: The Ballottino in Venetian Art and Ideals”, Vol. 25 (1999): 41-66.
NEH Summer Seminar, “Gothic in the Ile-de-France” in Paris, June-July 1998
M.A. thesis, The San Marco Last Supper by Domenico Ghirlandaio: A Dominican Message, nominated by Art History faculty of Michigan State University for the Distinguished Thesis Award of the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools, Fall 1991.
Charis: Boundary Crossings. Author of lead essay, editor, and art director. Calvin College, 2009
“Christ in Modern Art” for Oxford Handbook of Christology, Francesca Murphy, ed., Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2013-14; contracted.
“Gothic Architecture and ‘The Pure and Naked Seeing of Divine Reality’: Chartres Cathedral” in Art as Spiritual Perception, James Romaine, ed., Crossway Books, 2012.
“Iconography as Documentation: Providence and Plenitude in the Imagery of Abundance at Orvieto Cathedral” in Methodological Studies of Christianity in the History of Art, Cascade Books, a Division of Wipf and Stock Publishers, forthcoming in 2013.
Articles, Essays, Proceedings, etc.
Article: “Art as Invitation: Considering New Paradigms for Scholarship and Global Engagement through the Charis Exhibit”, Christian Scholar’s Review, forthcoming Summer 2013.
Greeting for Introduction to The History of 35 Christian Art Exhibitions, Christian Art Association of Japan, 2011, titled “All for the Glory of God”.
Article: “Ritual, Sacrament, and Witness in the Arts of the Borderlands” for SEEN issue on Latin American Art, forthcoming.
Article: “Shedding Light on Art History in the City of Lights.” Mosaic, November 2010.
Article: “The Thread that Weaves Life Together: Crossing Boundaries with the Charis Exhibition”. Image Journal #65, March 2010.
Article: “From Babel to Pentecost: Boundary Crossings—The Charis Exhibition”. SEEN, Spring 2010.
Editorial Essay: “Considering the New Globalization and the Arts: Crossing Boundaries and Forging Bonds”. SEEN, Spring 2010.
Contributor: Companion to 20th Century British Poetry, Jim Persoon and Rob Watson, eds. Articles on Cubism, Expressionism, and Post-Impressionism. Facts on File, 2009.
Article: “Crossing Boundaries: The Charis Exhibition”. Mosaic, September 2009.
Article: “Outside the Gates?: The Artist of Faith in a Post-Human Age”, SEEN, Spring 2009.
Essay “Magnificat” published in two parts, Image (the journal of the Asian Christian Art Association, Manila, Philippines) in the December 2008 and March 2009 issues.
Exhibition Catalog Essay for Magnificat,published by the Barrington Art Gallery, December 2008.
Review Essay “The Trouble? with Mary: Considering the Person and Place of Mary in Christian Theology and Personal Devotion” on recent books on Mary and Images of Mary for The Christian Scholar’s Review. Winter 2007-08.
Article: “’Leaky Vessels’: Kiki Smith and the Experience of Embodiment” for SEEN. Fall 2007.
Review Essay on recent books on Images of Mary for SEEN Journal, Fall 2007 issue “Highly Favored”.
Articles on Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael, Christian History and Biography, Summer 2006.
Articles: “A Passion for Prodigals: Collection of Jerry Evenrud” and “The Immanence of Things in the Drawings of Susan Nace”, CIVASEEN Vol. III.2 (Summer 2002).
Poem: “Empty Boxes or Understanding Lot’s Wife”, CIVASEEN Vol. III.2 (Summer 2002).
Contributor: Renaissance and Reformations: 1500-1620: An Interdisciplinary Dictionary, Jo Eldridge Carney, ed., Greenwood Press, 2001. Biographical entries on Bandinelli, Caravaggio, and Parmigianino: 30-31, 65-67, 279-80.
Article: “William Blake: Idiosyncratic Romantic”; CIVA SEEN Fall 2000.
Article: “Making Peace with the Past: A New Type of War Memorial for the Twenty-first Century”; Mars Hill Review Number 16 (Year 2000): 41-47.
Article: “Love in the Ruins: Redemption and Relationship in Kieslowski’s Three Colours trilogy and Sverak’s Kolya” in Mars Hill Review Number 15 (Fall 1999): 150-54.
2 Entries in This Cloud of Witnesses , Taylor University, 1999: 10, 160.
Article: “Providence and Political Innocence: The ‘Ballottino’ in Venetian Art and Ideals”, Explorations in Renaissance Culture, Vol. XXV (1999): 41-66.
Article: “Giotto’s ‘Everyman’ and the Importance of Empathy: The Advent of Italian Renaissance Humanism”, Arts Vol. 10, Issue 2 (Fall 1998): 20-24.
Proceedings: “The Circle of Concord: Justice and Community in the Metaphor of the Circle Dance”, 1996 Proceedings of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), 1998 on CD ROM by MIT Press.
The Likeness of Venice: A Life of Doge Francesco Foscari 1373-1457 by Dennis Romano (Yale UP, 2007), Sixteenth Century Journal, forthcoming.
The Future of Christian Learning: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue by Mark A. Noll, James Turner, and Thomas A. Howard. Joint review for The Christian Scholar’s Review Fall 2009.
Pictures and Tears by James Elkins (Routledge, 2001). SEEN, Fall 2008.
Tropic of Venice by Margaret Doody (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), Sixteenth Century Journal, Spring 2008.
Reformed Theology and Visual Culture: The Protestant Imagination from Calvin to Edwards by William A. Dyrness (Cambridge UP, 2004), The Christian Scholar’s Review Vol. 35:2 (Winter 2006).
Objects of Virtue: Art in Renaissance Italy by Luke Syson and Dora Thornton (Getty Publications, 2001) for Sixteenth Century Journal XXXIV (2003).
Bernini and the Art of Architecture by T. A. Marder (Abbeville Press, 1998), Christianity and the Arts Vol. 7 No. 4 (Fall 2000): 49-50.
Glassmaking in Renaissance Venice: The Fragile Craft by W. Patrick McCray (Ashgate, 1999), for Sixteenth Century Journal XXXII/1 (2001): 140-41.
Painting the Heavens: Art and Science in the Age of Galileo by Eileen Reeves (Princeton University Press, 1997) for Sixteenth Century Journal Vol.XXX, No. 1 (Spring 1999): 254-55.
Picturing the Passion in Late Medieval Italy: Narrative Painting, Franciscan Ideologies, and the Levant by Anne Derbes (Cambridge University Press, 1996) for Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. XXIX, No. 1 (Spring 1998): 107-9.
Lorenzo Lotto by Peter Humfrey (Yale University Press, 1997) for Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. XXIX, No. 1 (Spring 1998): 316-18.
Venezianische Dogenporträts des 16. Jahrhunderts (Jan Thorbecke Verlag Sigmaringen, 1993) by Annette Weber for Renaissance Quarterly 51.2 (Summer 1998): 621-22.
PAPERS (juried or invited presentations)
“Creativity, Imagination, & the Spirit of Play: Being Human in a Post-Human World,” Arts and Genesis Conference at Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2010.
“Providence and Plenitude: The Imagery of Abundance in Christian Art and Architecture”, for “History, Continuity, and Rupture: A Symposium on Christianity and Art History” in Paris, May 25-31, 2010.
“Considering the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art”, C.S. Lewis Faculty Forum on the Crisis of the University: Freedom, Tolerance, and the Pursuit of Truth, University of Colorado, Boulder, October 2007.
“Film in the Age of New Media” panelist presenting on Kieslowski, CIVA Conference, Azusa, CA, June 2005.
“Providence and Plenitude: Foliate Imagery at Orvieto Cathedral”, Conference on Eucharist and Eschatology at Orvieto Cathedral, Orvieto, Italy, May 2005.
“On the Recovery of Beauty”, Christianity and the Soul of the University conference, Baylor University in Waco, Texas, March 2004.
“The Image as Historical Document:(The) Art (of) [as] Interpretation”; 2004 National Conference of the Historical Society in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, June 2004.
“A Pure and Naked Seeing of Divine Reality—Richard of St. Victor’s Fourth Mode of Seeing”; CIVA Conference at Gordon College, Massachusetts, June 2003.
“The Fourth Mode of Seeing and the Meaning of Cathedrals in France”; 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, May 2003.
“Old Age and the Venetian Dogate—A Republican Ideal?” (revised manuscript); South Central Renaissance Conference, New Orleans, March 2003.
“The ‘Head as a Citadel”: Old Age and the Image of the Venetian Dogate—A Republican Ideal?” (revised manuscript); 33rd Annual Interdisciplinary CAES (The Committee for the Advancement of Early Studies) Conference, Ball State University, October 2002.
“Common Grace in Eric Rohmer’s film The Green Ray: Comedies and Proverbs V”; Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, March 2002. Conference theme: The Gift of Story—Narrating Hope in Film & Literature.
“Renaissance Revisionism: The Venetian Reconciliation of the Exile and Election of Doge Antonio Grimani in Titian’s Votive Painting ‘La Fede’”, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Denver, October 2001.
“The ‘Head as a Citadel’: Old Age and the Venetian Dogate--A Republican Ideal?”; 36th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, May 2001.
“A Fevered Awareness: Loss and Redemption and the Spirit of Place in Pat Conroy’s Beach Music”; Conference on Christianity and Literature at the Eighth Annual Image Conference in Seattle, Washington, October 2000. Conference theme: Habitations of the Word: Art and the Spiritual Ecology of Place.
“Out of Athens and in Public--Maya Lin and Jenny Holzer: Words of Reflection, Works of Reconciliation”; 30th International Congress of the History of Art in London, England, September 2000. Session: Time and the Public Monument.
“The Moral of Vittorio de Sica’s Miracle in Milan”; 14th Annual International Conference on Literature, Visual Arts, and/or Cinema in Atlanta, Georgia, November 1999; Conference theme: Utopia and Dystopia.
“Making Peace with the Past: The Development of a New Type of War Memorial for the Twentieth Century”; 3rd Annual Conference on the New Europe at the Crossroads in Berlin, Germany; July 1999.
“Love in the Ruins: Redemption and Relationship in Kieslowski’s Three Colours Trilogy and Sverak’s Kolya”; Sixth Annual Image Festival of the Arts in Los Angeles; November 1998.
“Out of the Ashes:Kieslowski’s Three Colours: Blue”; 13th Annual International Conference in Literature, Visual Arts, and/or Cinema in Atlanta, Georgia, November 1998.
“Abundance and Restraint: The Imagery of the Incarnation of the Word”; 33rd International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 1998.
“Giotto’s ‘Everyman’ and the Advent of Italian Renaissance Humanism”; 1997 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 23-26, 1997.
“Providence and Political Innocence: The ‘Ballottino’ in Venetian Art and Ideals”, 1997 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 23-26, 1997.
“Reconciliation, Retribution, and Renascence in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s ‘Three Colours’ Trilogy”, “The New Europe at the Crossroads”, a conference of the Intercultural Group of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas and Loyola College of Maryland in York, England, August 3-7, 1997.
“The Circle of Concord: Justice and Community in the Metaphor of the Circle Dance”, Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), “Memory , History and Critique: European Identity at the Millennium”, University for Humanist Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 19-24 August 1996.
“‘Unanimitas’ in Early Sixteenth-Century Images of the Doge of Venice”, 1995 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, San Francisco, October 26-28, 1995.
“The Call to Justice and Mercy in Tintoretto's Paintings for the Albergo of the Scuola di San Rocco in Venice”, 1993 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, St. Louis, December 9-11, 1993.
“The San Marco Last Supper by Ghirlandaio: A Dominican Message”, Central Renaissance Conference, University of Missouri-Columbia, April 4-6, 1991.
Co-editor with Ronald Bernier of a special issue of the journal Religion and the Arts on Christianity and Latin American Art for 2013 inspired by the 2012 ASCHA symposium. By invitation of journal editors.
Contributing Editor, SEEN Journal. Invited 2012.
Exhibition catalogue for Charis exhibit, 2009.
Directed content revision and redesign initiative for SEEN Journal as Publications Committee Chair of CIVA in 2005 and 2010-11.
Images of the Body Summer 2003 special publication of conference plenary talks for CIVA.
CIVA SEEN Summer 2002 issue on the theme of “Coming Home”.
CCCU Faith & Learning Integration Channel (FLIC), online site presentation on “How Images Acquire Meaning”, selected by jury for inclusion, 2012.
Public Lecture on “Divining the Spirit in Contemporary Art” for Regent College, Vancouver, BC in conjunction with their Summer Session program Summer 2012. Invited speaker.
Co-chair and organizer for “Christianity and Latin American Art: Apprehension, Appropriation, Assimilation—A Symposium” on February 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, a 2012 College Art Association pre-conference event.
“Washing Away the Dust of Everyday Life: Considering the Vocation of Art” at Dordt College, November 2011. Invited speaker. Also Gallery Talk on the Charis exhibition.
Co-chair and organizer for “Why Have There Been No Great Contemporary Religious Artists?: A Symposium Organized by the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art”, February 8, 2011 at MOBIA in New York City, a 2011 College Art Association pre-conference event.
Indiana Forum for Research Administrators session “Countering the Humanist’s Lament: Funding in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences”, July 2010, Indiana University, Bloomington. Invited speaker.
Organizer for sessions and mounting of Charis exhibition at the International Forum on Christian Higher Education in Atlanta, February 2010.
Organizer for sessions Charis exhibit for Lilly Conference on the Humanities and the Arts in Grand Rapids, October 2009; including serving as representative for final plenary panel.
Speaker for session on contemporary issues in art criticism at CIVA conference on “Culture?”, Minneapolis, June 2009.
“On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art” Symposium, one of several invited respondents to James Elkins, March 2008.
“The Vocation of Art”, Gordon College, February 2008. Invited speaker.
“Talks with Writers” invited panelist, Taylor University, March 2007.
“Why is music the only art Protestants are comfortable with?” invited panelist for Conversations with John Stackhouse at Regent College, July 2006.
“From Word to Image: Translating the Literary Imagination into Visual Form”, C.S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium, Taylor University, March 2004. Session organizer and panelist.
13th Annual International Conference in Literature, Visual Arts, and/or Cinema in Atlanta, Georgia, November 1998. Session moderator.
“Revisiting Humanism”, at the 1997 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, October 23-26, 1997. Session moderator.
“The New Europe at the Crossroads”, a conference of the Intercultural Group of the Society for the Study of European Ideas and Loyola College of Maryland in York, England, August 3-7, 1997. Session moderator.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION SERVICE and MEMBERSHIPS
Association for Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA), member of Organizing Committee, cofounded in 2010 with James Romaine and Linda Stratford. Elected Vice President (2012-2017 term)
Board of Directors, CIVA 2003-present. Chair, Publications Committee 2003-2011. Appointed to Executive Committee 2008-present.
Member, College Art Association
NON-ACADEMIC PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
FREE-LANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER January 1988 - December 1993 (full-time from January 1988 - September 1989)
ZONDERVAN PUBLISHING HOUSE, a division of Harper/Collins, Grand Rapids, MI
Director of Book Administration and Author Relations September 1986 - January 1988
Administrative Director June 1985 - August 1986
Assistant Art Director April 1984 - June 1985
BIOLA UNIVERSITY, La Mirada, CA
Graphic Production Coordinator May 1982 - April 1984
FINE ARTS AWARDS, DESIGN & EXHIBITIONS
Art Director Charis: Boundary Crossings exhibition catalogue, 2009. Design development and photography.
2002-2003 CIVA DIRECTORY ad for Taylor University design.
Publicity design for The Work of Our Hands; The Meditations of Our Hearts, Taylor University Faculty Exhibition, September-October 2000.
The Work of Our Hands: The Meditations of Our Hearts, Taylor University Faculty Exhibition, September-October 2000. Three works included.
Meditation, clay sculpture , published in Taylor Magazine Vol.91 No.2 (Winter 1999), p.13.
Land, Sea, Sky, The Gallery at Cedar Hollow, Malvern, Pennsylvania, January 15-February 23, 1997. Three works included: Rainmaker, Fires Along the Ganges, and Iberian Cordillera. Regional juried group exhibition.
Small Expressions ‘96, Handweavers Guild of America, exhibition held in conjunction with Convergence 96, Portland, Oregon. July 3-27, 1996. Fires Along the Ganges, hand-felted wool, wood, silk, glass beading. International juried group exhibition, one of 60 works selected from 160 entered (only one entry allowed per artist).
Area Art on View, The Dairy Barn Cultural Art Center, Athens. April 12-May 19, 1996. Fires Along the Ganges, hand-felted wool, wood, silk, glass beading. Regional juried group exhibition, one work accepted for an exhibition of 64 works selected from 275 works entered by 102 artists.
Gender Agenda, Musky National 2nd Annual Competitive Art Exhibition of Muskingum College, February 18-March 15, 1996. Markings I, linen doubleweave and wood, and Markings II, wood relief. National juried group exhibition, two works accepted for an exhibition of 30 works by 25 artists selected from 179 works entered by 63 artists from 19 states.
Time Span: The Fourth Dimension in Art, Dallas Women’s Caucus for Art 1995 National Juried Exhibition, October 6-30, 1995. Markings I, linen doubleweave and wood. Published in exhibition catalogue. National juried group exhibition, one work accepted for exhibition of 83 works by 50 artists selected from 850 slides entered by 220 artists from 30 states (and Belgium).
Celebration 1989 , Grand Rapids, Michigan, juried exhibition. Untitled wood relief construction, 1989. Regional juried group exhibition.
Kendall College of Art and Design. Untitled fiber construction published as promotional postcard (1 of 4 works selected), 1988.
Kendall College of Art and Design. Untitled fiber construction published in “Creative Motion” viewbook, 1988.
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