Grant Vetter 

Curator / Writer / Critic

RESUME

2016-Present

Galleries Director, Fine Art Specialist, Arizona State University.

As the Galleries Director at Arizona State University I oversee 3 separate galleries on two different campuses as well as arrange exhibitions for display cases in the art building. My main duties include organizing the exhibition schedule, promotion, installation and de-install of our diverse curatorial initiatives, as well as coordinating the MFA thesis exhibitions, BFA thesis exhibitions, ASU club exhibitions and proposed shows for the gallery system throughout the year. In addition to my curatorial duties I teach two courses, one on the history of curatorial practice (ARA 460: Gallery Exhibitions) and a professionalization course (ART 482: Senior Projects). I also produce content for the school website, the school arts calendar and work promote our curatorial projects through various arts organizations and advertising partnerships. I hire, train and oversee 3 T.A.'s, a photography team, and 30 plus student workers who participate in our galleries system as docents, art installers, lighting technicians, etc. Another aspect of my job is to represent the interests of the ASU galleries system throughout the year in the  greater metro Phoenix and Tempe areas at city council meetings, warehouse district meetings, innovation district meetings, artlink meetings and maintain other stakeholder partnerships with key arts organizations throughout the state. In addition to these duties I also serve on MFA thesis committees and do independent studies with graduate students (ARA 592: Independent Research).

 

2014-Present

Program Director, Fine Art Complex 1101.

I am the director of the day-to-day operations of a non-profit arts organization dedicated to gaining wider exposure for artists who are living and working in Arizona. My duties include organizing exhibitions, writing press releases, updating the website, holding board meetings, participating in financial planning and fundraising as well as organizing the transport and installation of artworks. I plan the programming for 4 separate spaces at Fine Art Complex 1101 which include a main gallery, a project room, the new media arts center and a public works space that is on view 24/7. Programming often involves collaborating with visiting curators, visiting artists, and other key members of the arts community to create events and programming that benefit emerging, unrepresented and under-represented artists.

 

2014-2016

Art Reviewer for ArtsBeacon, an on-line arts journal.

 

2011-2014

Program Director of Autonomie, a non-profit arts organization.

I was the director of the day-to-day operations of a non-profit arts organization dedicated to exhibiting emerging and under-represented artists. My duties included organizing exhibitions, writing press releases, updating the website, participating in financial planning and fundraising as well as organizing the transport and installation of artworks. My core duties consisted of defining the direction of purpose-based outcomes, establishing metrics for measuring success, promoting accountability in achieving project aims, and creating social and economic benefits for the arts community. In addition to these duties I was also responsible for supporting community outreach programs and traveling exhibitions that work to build intercultural dialogue. During my time as program director I curated over 40 exhibitions, organized The Arts Resource Center in order to connect artists with greater opportunities and worked with other galleries and institutions to promote cultural events. 

 

Board member of F.A.R. (Foundation for Art Resources).

I was elected to assist in organizing exhibitions, distributing awards, holding meetings and furthering the mission of FAR through strategic outreach intitatives. This included hosting the ATA (artist talk art) series, developing fund raising strategies for special projects through grant proposals and partnering with other institutions, curators adn artists to develop challenging and innovative exhibition programming. 

 

2012

Author, The Architecture of Control: A contribution to the critique of the science of apparatuses. Published by Zero Books.

The focus of my book was completing the Foucaultian project about understanding the social control through an analysis of the micro-physics of power. The book spent more than 3 months as a top seller in its genre and was endoresed my major fiugres in the filed of surviellance studies, philosophy and critical theory. It received a review in Interstitial Journal and is cited as an important contribution to thinking about how "governmentality" operates in both the east and the west through architecutral forms. 

 

2010-2011

Adjunct instructor, SCI-Arc (School of Science and Architecture) - Philosophy of Agency and Action in Cultural Production.

I was hired to teach philosophy from the 18th century to the present with a specific focus on agency and action as it relates to intersections between continental philosophy and architectural practice. My duties included assigning term papers, weekly assignments, final projects and providing feedback on student presentations.  Students included both undergraduate and graduate level and I regularly gave feedback on student architectural projects in both individual and group critiques of their work as well as helped to organize student exhibitions.

 

2007-2012 

Assistant Director/Coordinator - West Coast Group EGS (European Graduate School).

I was selected to organize and lead discussion groups with EGS graduate students residing in Southern California who were pursing a Ph.D. or masters in philosophy and communications. My main duties included facilitating the peer review process, giving feedback in on-line forums, and helping students to prepare for their thesis defense. 

 

2009 

Served as a member on the search committee to find a new HDS department head for the Art Center College of Design.

I was selected to represent the interests of the Alumni of the Art Center College of Design in searching for a qualified candidate to oversee the Humanities and Design Sciences department at ACCD. My main duties were to help develop the screening questions for potential candidates for hire, promote the public presentations of candidates who were currently under review and making sure that we followed university guidelines throughout the selection process.

 

2008-2009 

Instructor at UCI (University of California, Irvine), Painting.

I was selected to teach introductory painting classes to undergraduate fine art students at UCI. My duties included lecturing on topics from the use of artistic materials to the exploration of ideas from modernism to the present. I was also responsible for assigning weekly, mid-term and final projects as well as leading class critiques. I also did live demonstrations of different paintings techniques, organized an open painting lab based on classical and contemporary themes and worked to promote an atmosphere of inquiry, growth and self-expression.

 

Teaching assistant for Michael Hardt at EGS, Political Activism: Multiplicity and Empire and Fred Ulfers for Nietzsche in Contemporary Thought.

I was selected to help distribute selected readings, to help facilitate class discussions and to run an on-line forum as well as collecting and grading assignments.

 

2008

Instructor, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Drawing from 19th and 20th Century Sculpture.

I was hired to instruct students in the technical aspects of drawing as well as providing brief informal lectures on the historical context of twentieth century art. Duties included public lecturing in a museum environment, giving technical drawing demonstrations and providing individual feedback on in-class assignments.

 

2006-08

Teaching Assistant for David Trend at UCI for Everyday Culture: Art, Media and Technology and Martha Gever for Introduction to Documentary Film.

I was selected to assist with distributing class materials, providing the teacher with technical support in the lecture hall and grading class assignments. This included screening films for the class, leading group discussions on film and cultural theory, and tutoring students during office hours. This gave me a strong familiarity with course material, grading rubrics, and other pedagogical practices. 

 

2002-2007

Instructor, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Saturday High Program.

I was hired to teach introductory level art classes to high school students. My responsibilities included lecturing on the fundamentals of color, composition, form, anatomy and visual storytelling. I was also responsible for developing curriculum and organizing a final presentation of the student work that was completed in the course. I introduced comic book story-telling and figure invention classes to the program, taught a one-week summer course on illustration techniques and held a regular open house event to display student works.

 

2004-2007

Assistant for Jim Shaw L.L.C.

I was hired to contribute to large-scale mural works, easel painting and various drawing projects shown in both national and international exhibitions.

 

2005 

Instructor at CAAM (California African American Museum), Afterschool Programs.

I was hired to teach art classes about visual storytelling and illustration techniques to high school students. Duties included curriculum development, class demonstrations and a final presentation of student works completed in the course.

 

2001-04 

Instructor, Art Center College of Design, Kids Program.

I was hired to instruct students from 4th through 8th grade in basic drawing and painting skills. Duties included curriculum development and a final presentation of student works completed in the course.

 

2001-2002

Founded the 'Master Class' in Drawing at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

I helped to organize and served as a teacher’s aid for Glen Villpu, Steve Houston and john Watkiss. My duties included videography, tutoring, lecturing and assisting with the distribution of class materials.

 

1996-1999

Founded Uncut Comics.

I founded a comic business where I oversaw the art production of eight issues and one card set of the Uncut Comics characters. My job included working with 8-10 artists per an issue, attending conventions, doing roundtable discussions, and leading drawing workshops as well as working with with distributors, printing presses, and shippers.

 

 

 

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