Chrstina Smylitopoulos | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Chrstina Smylitopoulos

Dr. Christina Smylitopoulos

Program

MA Art History and Visual Culture

About the work… 

I am a specialist of art and visual culture of the long eighteenth century and the Faculty Curator of the Bachinski/Chu Print Study Collection. An award-winning researcher, I examine British graphic satire and extended practices of art collections. I have received research grants from, among others, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Insight Development Grant; Connection Grants); the Ontario Ministry of Science, Research, and Innovation; the Huntington Library, the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon (Library of Congress), the Lewis Walpole Library (Yale), and the Houghton Library (Harvard University). My essays have appeared in Revue d'art canadienne/Canadian Art Review (RACAR); The British Art Journal, Eighteenth-Century Life, Word and Image in the Long Eighteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue; INHA’s (l’Institut national d’histoire de l’art) journal, and I have reviewed for Oxford Art Journal, RACAR, The Historian, University of Toronto Quarterly, and caa.reviews.

How art can improve life...

My research examines the critical responses to contentious change in the late eighteenth century and how the aesthetics of graphic satire influenced the development of modern art, more broadly. I also have a research stream that examines how skills in visual observation can be improved by engaging with works in art collections. My research improves life by underscoring the importance of art in developing our understanding of socio-politics over time and in sharpening skills of sustained looking.

Why Choose SOFAM at UofG for graduate studies?

Our graduate program has a strong emphasis in historiographic and theoretical art history but also provides practical skills in collections management and teaching. We fund our students well and provide hands-on training through Graduate Service Assistantships and Graduate Teaching Assistantships, along with other opportunities tied to faculty research that might include among others, scholarly event planning, preparing exhibitions, and exhibition catalogues.