Allison Smith, Professor and Chair of Art History, received her Ph.D. in Greek and Roman Archaeology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, her M.A. in Twentieth-Century Art History from The American University in Washington, DC, and her B.A. in Art History and Humanities from the University of Kansas. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Western Art History, Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology, Bronze Age Archaeology, the History of Photography, and Twentieth-Century Art History.

In addition to teaching at the University of Kansas and Austin Peay State University, previously Dr. Smith worked for the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, and served as Arts Services Coordinator for the University of Minnesota.

Research interests include the representation of women in Greek painting, the role of women in ancient society, and the importance of art education in contemporary society. Dr. Smith serves on the acquisition committee for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and is the JCCC – Nerman Museum Faculty Art Outreach Coordinator.

Dr. Smith has been recognized by JCCC with a number of academic honors including the International Education Award (2018), the Distinguished Service Award (2018, 2012), the Publication Award (2018, 2015, 2013, 2008), the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence in Teaching Award (2014), the BNSF Award for Teaching Excellence (2011), and the Sunflower Award for Sustainability (2011).

Every other year during spring break, she leads a group of JCCC students, staff, and faculty on art study tours to Europe.

Allison Smith and JCCC colleague Sean Daley, Professor, Anthropology, and Director, Center for American Indian Studies, have been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to integrate contemporary American Indian culture across the curriculum. An abstract of the project can be found here.

Ten full-time JCCC faculty members will be selected to participate in the two-year long project entitled the Indian Knowledge, Western Education Scholars Program (IKWE).  Interested faculty members can find a complete description of the program as well as application materials here. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 6th 2019.



Fall 2019

Class Time Location
Art History 184: Twentieth Century T/R 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. CC 352
Art History 184: Twentieth Century Online

Spring 2020

Class Time Location
Art History 200:  Women, Art, & Society TR 12:30 to 1:45. p.m. GEB 238
Art History 184: Twentieth Century Online

All classes, both face-to-face and online, are taught using Canvas, a secure educational server accessed through a web browser at

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Community Events

JCCC Noon at the Nerman:

Every Friday at noon, a JCCC faculty member speaks about a work of art on Campus.


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