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Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Terry Smith

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory,
Department of the History of Art and Architecture,
School of Arts and Sciences
office: 412-648-2404
cell: 919-683-8352
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For assistance in reaching this faculty member, contact
Sharon Blake
office: 412-624-4364
cell: 412-277-6926

Areas of Expertise

World contemporary art; Australian art, including aboriginal art; Australian culture; art in the United States


Born in Geelong, Australia, Smith was educated at the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney. He coauthored the textbook Australian Painting (Oxford University Press, 1991 and 2001), was the art critic for Nation Review and Weekend Australian, and has published widely on Australian art in a world context. He is the former director of the Power Institute at the Center for Art and Visual Culture at the University of Sydney, a founding director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and a founder of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand. Smith has taught in the United States since 2001, but returns to Australia each year to teach at the University of Sydney and pursue research projects with scholars and artists, including the digital arts new media projects of the iCinema Centre at the University of New South Wales. Smith is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and was recently the GlaxoSmithKlein Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Research Centre in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.