Grant Vetter 

Curator / Writer / Critic


TEL: 480.760.1709

Dr. Grant Vetter is the Galleries Director at Arizona State University and the Program Director of Fine Art Complex 1101. He is also the author of of The Architecture of Control from Zero Books and he reviews art books for Routledge publishing. He is currently working on his second book, The Futures of Art, about the relationship between art and globalization. He has recently been featured as one of Phoenix’s top 100 creatives in the Phoenix New Times, particiapted in the 2018 Arizona Biennial as a perfomer in a piece by Malena Barnhart and was interviewed about his curatorial practice in Java Magazine and Studio Crasher Magazine.

Before coming to Arizona he was the Director of Autonomie Projects in Los Angeles and a former board member of Fine Art Resources, a non-profit organization that has been producing critical programming in the arts since 1977. He has served as a teacher at the School for Science and Architecture (Sci-Arch), the Art Center College of Design, and the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Dr. Vetter has given talks about art at the Torrance Art Museum, California State University Long Beach, the Munroe Center for Social Inquiry at Pitzer and many other venues. In addition to these honors he has also had papers published in The Journal of Labor and Society and Review 31, as well as contributing essays to various catalogs and monographs.

He holds advanced degrees from the European Graduate School (EGS), University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Critical Theory Institute (CTI) where he had the opportunity to study with such notable theorists as Slavoj Zižek, Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière, Michael Hardt, Gorgio Agamben, Judith Butler, Avital Ronell, Brian Massumi, Manuel DeLanda, and Simon Critchley. He did his undergraduate work at the Art Center College of Design, Associates in Art and the California Art Institute. During his undergraduate and graduate studies he was the recipient of the Bradford Hall Arts Scholarship, the San Marino League Arts Scholarship, the Pasadena Art Alliance Arts Scholarship, the Art Center College of Design Scholarship and a UCI Teaching Fellowship.

In addition to curating, teaching, writing, and editing books, Dr. Vetter has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. He was a former member of the art collective Durden and Ray as well as the winner of the Orange County Grant for Painting, Drawing and Printmaking in 2007 and 2009, a winner of the international contest M.F.A. NOW and a runner up for the William and Dorathy Yeck award for Painting in 2012. His work has been included in exhibitions by curators like Lucy Lippard and Edward Lucie-Smith and has also appeared in Art Forum, the L.A. Weekly, the OC Weekly and many other trade magazines. Today he lives in Tempe where he helps to encourage and support the arts.


Curatorial Highlights

A Matter of Public Record: Art in the Age of Mass Surveillance I & II / The Fate of Landscape Painting /  Abstraction in the Singular / NASTY, NOISY, NAKED, KNITTING WOMEN / East of Eden: Karen Finely and Bruce Yonemoto / Parables of the Virtual / Geometry in the Expanded Field / Landscape at Escape Velocity / In Advance of Identity / Les Enfant Terribles / The Status of Portraiture / The De-socialized Landscape / Painting on Edge  I & II / Speculative Materialism: Abstract Art and it's Conditions I & II / Pacific Non-Standard Time: Part One, FAR (Foundation for Art Resources) 1977-Present / Action (Un)Packed: Abstraction After Action


Special Awards, Interviews, Talks, etc.




  • Interview, Phoenix New Times, Phoenix's Top 100 Creatives. By Becky Bartkowski
  • Moderator, Artist Talk with Justin Bower at Arizona State University.
  • Moderator, Artist talk with Bill Dambrova, Shiva Alibadi, Craig Randich, and Rossita Torodova at Arizona State University.
  • Host, Studio Visits at ASU with Max Presniell at Grant Street Studios. 
  • Host, Studio Visits at ASU with Kio Griffith at Grant Street Studios.



  • Moderator, The Status of Portraiture at Autonomie Projects: Alec Egan, Virginia Broersma, Andrew Foster, Roni Feldman, Steve Hampton, Laurance McNamara, Erica Ryan Stallones, Frank J. Stockton.



  • Guest Speaker, The Architecture of Control Book Tour. Torrance Art Museum.



  • Finalist, The William and Dorothy Yeck Award for Painting.



  • Winner, M.F.A. NOW, International Painting Competition.
  • Catalog, Pitzer College, "Capitalism in Question", Essays by Daniel Joseph Martinez, Daniel A. Segal and Ciara Ennis.



  • Winner, Orange County Arts Grant for Drawing, Painting, Photo, Printmaking and Sculpture.
  • Catalog, Constant Gallery, "Ab-Exradition". Essays on my work by Jacques Ranciere, Christabel Wiebe and Marko Zlomislic. 



  • Interview, Art Fourm: Contemporary Issues in Art & Architecture, Vol 29. Numer 2. Fall
  • Review, New University Press, Feb, "Dos, Duo, Double". By Elizabeth Watkins.
  • Review, Direct Art Magazine, Fall-Winter issue. By Sam Keith.



  • Winner, Orange County Arts Grant for Drawing, Painting and Printmaking.
  • Review, Orange County Weekly, "Decadence Conference", Wonderoom. By Nardine A. Saad.



  • Awarded, The UC Irvine Teaching Assistant Fellowship.



  • Awarded, The Bradford Hall Arts Scholarship.
  • Review, Art Forum Picks, Art Forum on-line, JSA (Jim Shaw's Army).
  • Interview, DOT Magazine, Issue 11.
  • Inker, L.A. Weekly, Nov. 18th-24th, Vol 27. No. 52, Jim Shaw's Comics.



  • Awarded, The San Marino League Arts Scholarship.



  • Awarded, The Pasadena Art Alliance Scholarship.



  • Awarded, The Art Center Scholarship.



  • Interview, The State Press, Vol. 81. No. 117. Friday, April 4, 1997. "Comic Character: ASU Student creates own funny business for artists", By Cadonna Peyton.



  • Winner, The Drafting Olymipics, State, Bronze metal in Orthographic Projection. Invitation to speak at the state capital.



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