Dr. Devon Smither

Associate Professor


Art history, museum studies


Dr. Devon Smither completed her PhD at the University of Toronto in 2016. Her dissertation, Bodies of Anxiety: The Female Nude in Canadian Art, 1913-1945, critically examined the status of the nude genre in Canada, its history of controversy and censorship as it connected to gender, modernity, and Canadian art historiography. She is currently completing a manuscript based on this research.

She joined the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge as an Assistant Professor in 2016, prior to which she taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph. Current research projects include an examination of the self-portraits of Canadian artist Pegi Nicol MacLeod and a longer-term research project on the women artists whose work formed the foundation for the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Recent Research & Publications

Devon Smither, “The Nude in Modern Canadian Art,” in Censoring Art: Silencing the Artwork, edited by Roisin Kennedy and Riann Coulter. London: I.B. Tauris, June 2018.

Devon Smither, review of Canadian Painters in a Modern World, 1925-1955 by Lora Senechal Carney. RACAR 43.1 (Spring 2018).

Devon Smither, “No Nudes, Please—We’re Canadian,” Literary Review of Canada (May 2017): 13-14. Devon Smither, “Work in Progress: Responding to Canada at 150,” in Alter/Nation, Kamloops Art Gallery, June 2017.

Devon Smither, “Climbing the Mount.” Review of Alpine Anatomy: The Mountain Art of Arnold Shives with texts by John Grande et. al. Journal of BC Studies 181 (Spring 2014): 158.

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