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Department: Art & Art History

Timothy B. SmithTimothy B. Smith

Associate Professor of Art History

Office:

Art Annex 223

Contact Information:

Box 549021
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-7875
Office Fax: (205) 226-3058
E-mail: tsmith@bsc.edu

Brief Career Background:

2006 - Assistant Professor, Birmingham-Southern College
2002-2006 Visiting Assistant Professor, DePaul University, Chicago

Educational Background:

Ph.D., History and Criticism of Art, Florida State University, 2002

Major Field: Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
Minor Field: Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Art and Archaeology
Dissertation: “Alberto Aringhieri and the Chapel of Saint John the Baptist: Patronage, Politics, and the Cult of Relics in Renaissance Siena”

M.A., Art History, University of South Carolina, 1994

Concentration: Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture
Thesis: “Studies in Fictive Architecture: The School of Fra Angelico”

B.A., Art History, University of South Carolina, 1992

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Late 15th-Century Art in Siena and Rome
  • Etruscan and Roman Art and Archaeology
  • Cult of Saints and Relics in Renaissance Italy
  • Queer Visual Culture

Courses Taught:

ARH 215 Survey of Art History I: Ancient to Medieval (1)
A slide lecture course that provides the general student as well as the art major with an introduction to the language and methodology of art history. Focus is placed on stylistic development and its relation to cultural and historical contexts. Objects studied include prehistoric cave paintings, Egyptian pyramids, ancient Greek sculpture, and the cathedrals of medieval Europe (an IC designated course).

ARH 216 Survey of Art History II: Renaissance to the Present (1)
A slide lecture course that provides the general student as well as the art major with an introduction to the language and methodology of art history. Focus is placed on stylistic development and its relation to cultural and historical contexts. Artists studied include Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Dali, and O'Keeffe (an IC designated course).

ARH 311 Roman Art (1)
A survey of the visual arts and archaeology of ancient Rome from its prehistoric origins through the fall of the Empire, considered in a social-historical context and with a primary emphasis on the early Imperial period. Prerequisite: ARH 215.

ARH 312 Medieval Art (1)
A survey of the visual arts and architecture of Western Europe from approximately 300 to 1400, considered in a social-historical context and with a primary emphasis on France and Italy. Prerequisite: ARH 215.

ARH 314 Renaissance Art (1)
A survey of the visual arts and architecture of Western Europe between 1400 and 1600, considered in a social-historical context and with a primary emphasis on major Italian centers and artists (an IC designated course). Prerequisite: ARH 216.

ARH 315 Baroque Art (1)
A survey of the visual arts and architecture of Western Europe from 1600 and 1700, considered in a social-historical context and with a special emphasis on Italy, France, and the Dutch Republic (an IC designated course). Prerequisite: ARH 216.

ARH 345 / HON 345 Medieval Narrative in Words and Pictures (1)
An investigation of Medieval modes of reading texts and images. Beginning with working definitions of such words as reading, narrative, and intertextuality, this seminar will explore such through interdisciplinary case studies and will address topics like the relations of texts and images, reception, and compositional structure and meaning. Prerequisite: Honors Program, art history major, or consent.

ARH 470 Art History Seminar (1) Problems in art history, taught by the seminar method. This course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: consent.

ARH 473 Senior Capstone in Art History (1)
An advanced exploration of an art-historical topic of the student's choice, and approved by the instructor. Students will conduct in-depth, direct research culminating in a substantial paper and public presentation that demonstrate knowledge of art historical concepts and research methodology. This course is required for the major in art history. Prerequisite: art history major, senior standing.