Dylan Wayne Spivey

PhD Student


Dylan is a sixth-year doctoral candidate specializing in the art and architecture of eighteenth-century Britain under the direction of Douglas Fordham. His dissertation, “Contested Classicism: The English Baroque, Palladianism, and the Commodification of Architectural Style, 1715-1754,” questions how architectural style was understood, articulated, and ultimately commodified in the first half of the eighteenth century. His dissertation writing for the 2020-2021 academic year is supported by a Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. His research has been generously supported by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Center for Palladian Studies in America, and, at the University of Virginia, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, the Bibliographical Society, the Kapp Family Foundation, and the Hobby Family Foundation.

Dylan graduated summa cum laude with Honors in Art History from Wake Forest University in 2012, and he received his MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2014. Prior to joining the PhD program at UVA, Dylan served as the Education and Operations Coordinator at the Earl Scruggs Center: Music and Stories from the American South in his hometown of Shelby, North Carolina. While at UVA, he co-curated the exhibition Impression. Reflection. Translation, showcasing the work of undergraduate artists, as a 2019 Ruffin Gallery Graduate Curatorial Fellow. In addition to presenting his work internationally, Dylan’s research was recently featured in Palladiana, the biannual newsletter of the Center for Palladian Studies in America (Fall 2020). He has also developed and taught courses in the department, including “The Eighteenth-Century British World” and the summer course “Powerhouses of Britain.”

Alongside his research and independent teaching, Dylan has served as a teaching assistant for numerous courses, including “History of World Architecture I and II”, “Arts & Cultures of the Slave South,” “Art and Money,” and for the Newport Summer School with the Victorian Society in America.