Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

Sarah Smith

Adjunct Professor

Research Interests

Contemporary visual and material culture, globalization, new media art, curatorial studies, cultural diplomacy, exhibitions and transnational cultural brokering, Canadian and North American studies


Sarah E.K. Smith is a curator and art historian. Her research scope encompasses modern and contemporary art and critical theory, with specific interest in the relationship between culture, economics and globalization. She currently holds a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Previously, she held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University, where she was affiliated with the Transnational Studies Initiative. Smith has taught at OCAD University, Queen’s University and the University of Southern California—where she held the 2015 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Public Diplomacy. She maintains an active independent curatorial practice and previously worked as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Notable curatorial projects include: I’m Not Myself At All (2015), Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance Regimes and Social Control (2010), and Conversation Pieces (2008). As affiliated faculty at Queen’s University, Smith works with graduate students in art history and cultural studies. She is also a member of the Public Diplomacy and the Economy of Culture research group (PDEC) at Queen’s University.