Matthew Ryan Smith, Ph.D., is a curator, writer, editor, and educator. He was born in North York, ON and raised in Scarborough and Pickering, ON.
Matthew is the Curator of the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He is also a writer and Sessional Professor of indigenous art at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. He is the literary editor of First American Art Magazine and the Canadian section editor of the forthcoming Art Market Dictionary. Matthew also sits on the editorial board of the Moving Image Science Research Group at Kiel University, Germany.
In 2012, he earned his Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture at Western University. His current research addresses various subject matter; from the aesthetics of indentured labour to pixelation in contemporary art production.
Matthew has published extensively on art and visual culture in publications including Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Prefix Photo, ESSE Arts + Opinions, Briarpatch, Blackflash, C Magazine, Alternatives Journal, First American Art, Artinfo Canada, Magenta, ArtUS, Contemporary Canadian Glass, Visual Arts News, and FUSE.
Matthew has also published in several academic journals including Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, The Senses and Society, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Criticism, WRECK: Graduate Journal of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, and Shift: Queen’s Journal of Visual and Material Culture.