Dean of StudentsAssistant Professor of the History of Art and Architecture
Katherine Smith Abbott has been teaching in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College since 1996. Her research focuses on the production and reception of devotional painting in early fifteenth-century Florence.
Professor Smith Abbott received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington, where she wrote her dissertation on Titian and the development of portrait painting in Venice. She recently served as Guest Curator for the exhibition, The Art of Devotion: Panel Painting in Early Renaissance Italy, on view at the Middlebury College Museum of Art in Fall, 2009, and at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in Spring, 2010. Professor Smith Abbott organized and contributed extensively to the exhibition catalogue for the Art of Devotion.