George Smith, PhD, is President of IDSVA and Professor of Philosophy and Visual Culture. Most recently he has contributed to the collection of essays entitled Artists with PhDs, ed., James Elkins (New Academia 2009).

Simonetta Moro, PhD has been appointed Director of the School, as of May, 2012. Dr. Moro will also serve as Associate Professor of Art and Theory and Director of Topological Studies. She completed her BFA in Painting at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Bologna and studied at the International School of Graphic Art in Florence. After completing her MA in European Fine Art at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK, Dr. Moro studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Scuplture in Maine. She then went on to do her PhD in Studio and Theory at University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. After teaching drawing at the Cornell University-in-Rome Program, Dr. Moro took a faculty position at the Eugene Lang College at Parsons and the New School. She has been teaching theory and studio at Lang since 2003, where she also served as department chair. In addition to curating important exhibitions here in the US and internationally, Dr. Moro has exhibited in an impressive number of solo and group shows worldwide. Her chapter for the book Mapping Cultures, edited by Les Roberts, is forthcoming from Palgrave. Dr. Moro is currently working on a mapping project in Venice and New York funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Christopher Yates, PhD, is the Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Art Theory at IDSVA. He received his PhD in Philosophy from Boston College in 2011, following his M.A. in Philosophy at the University of Memphis (2006). His academic areas of focus include the history of philosophy, aesthetics, and 19th-20th century Continental Philosophy. Having trained primarily in the phenomenological tradition, Yates’ scholarship focuses on movements such as historical ontology, hermeneutics, deconstruction, and post-structuralism, and on thinkers such as Kant, Husserl, Heidegger, Ricoeur, Derrida, Levinas, and Foucault. His book, The Poetic Imagination in Heidegger and Schelling, appeared in 2013 (Bloomsbury) and he co-edited Philosophy and the Return of Violence in 2011 (Continuum). Prior to joining IDSVA in 2014, Yates’ teaching experience included courses in areas such as aesthetics and art theory, ethics, 20th century philosophy, existentialism, and environmental ethics. He is currently working on a research project that explores the question of meaning in the artistic image, and is contributing to an interdisciplinary project concerning the significance of the arts and architecture for urban revitalization. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Laura Graveline is the Library Director for IDSVA. She earned her MLIS from the University of Rhode Island, and a BA from the University of Massachusetts in Art History, with a minor in Studio Art. Her reviews are published in Art Libraries Journal, and  Art Documentation, and her most recent article is “Uncommon Partners: Facilitating Creative Collaborations in the Arts Across Campus,” College & Undergraduate Libraries, 2009. Laura is also the Visual Arts Librarian for Dartmouth College.


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