Grant Vetter

CV & Resume. 




Europäische Universität für interdisziplinäre Studien

EGS (European Graduate School), Saas-fee, Switzerland

Ph.D.: Emphasis in Philosophy, Art, Political Thought, graduated Summa cum laude

Dissertation: "The Architecture of Control: A Critique of Apparatuses"

Supervisor: Wolfgang Schirmacher

Outside Examiners: Thomas Zummer and Fredrick Hackenberg

G.P.A. : 4.0 Units: 133 credit hrs

Core Seminars: The Politics of Aesthetics (Jacques Rancière), Philosophy, Ethics, Art (Alain Badiou), Ethics and Politics After the Subject (Judith Butler w/ Avital Ronell & Giorgio Agamben), Philosophy, Ethics and Politics: Thinking The Present (Simon Critchley), Media and the Uncanny (Samuel Weber), Adorno’s Aesthetics (Martin Hielscher), Political Activism: Multiplicity & Empire (Michael Hardt), Deleuze and Science (Manuel Delanda), Emergent Space-times (Brian Massumi), Psychoanalysis and Film & Haunted Art and Thought: Dwelling in the Past (Laurence A. Rickels & Heinz Emigholz), Nietzsche in Contemporary Thought (Fred Ulfers), The Choreographic Object (Erin Manning), Cinema as Cultural Anthropology (Claire Denis), Geopolitics of Cinema (Michael J. Shapiro), Foundation in Media Philosophy (Fredrick Hackenberg), The Animated Film (The Brothers Quay), Advanced Writing Workshop (Mark Daniel Cohen), From Script to Screen (Pierre Alferi), Advanced Internet Studies (Hendrik Speck)



UCI (University of Irvine, California)

Masters: Master’s of Fine Art: Emphasis in Critical Theory

Graduate Project:  “Ab-Extradition” (Paintings exhibited at the Constant Gallery)

Committee: Kevin Appel (Chair), Daniel Joseph Martinez, Monica Majoli

Thesis: “The Crisis of Abstract Art in the Twenty-First Century”

G.P.A.: 3.981 Units: 139 credit hrs

Core Seminars: Critical Aesthetics and Contemporary Art: Minimalism, Conceptualism, Pop (Bruce Yonemoto, Juli Carson), Directed Reading: Issues in Contemporary Painting (Kevin Appel), Thesis Exhibition Critique: Installation Practices (Daniel Joseph Martinez), Contemporary Art Seminar: Site, Re-Cite (Juli Carson), Topics in Painting: Theory and Practice (Monica Majoli), Graduate Critique (Kevin Appel, Monica Majoli, Simon Leung, Connie Samaras, Juli Carson, Antionette LaFarge), Graduate Projects (Daniel Joseph Martinez, Miles Coolidge, Kevin Appel, Monica Majoli), Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Projects: Materiality, Process and Method (Gifford Meyers), Research Seminar: Writing Strategies (Martha Gever), Methods and Materials (Bruce Yonemoto), University Teaching  (Kevin Appel), Interdisciplinary Projects: Critical Dialogs (Martha Gever), 1st year Graduate Seminar: Aesthetics, Politics, Conceptualism (Kenny Berger)

Emphasis degree: Critical Theory

Major Paper: “Eccentric Orbits and New Trajectories in Critical Art Practice” (Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Monster Mongers and Retailers of Other Strange Satellites” at LA><Art in June, 2009 – other contributors included Catherine Lord.)

Critical Theory Emphasis (CTE) Supervisor: Rei Terada

Core Seminars: Aesthetics of the Painted Image (Martin Schwab), Lacan: Seminar 11 (Juli Carson), Critical Theory Workshop: Humanism/Posthumanism (Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan), The German Ideology Today (Andrzej J. Warminski), Constructivism and Its Discontents (James Steintrager)

Mini–Seminars: The Conflagration of Community: Fiction Before and After Auschwitz (J. Hillis Miller), Old Women (Gayatri Chakravoty Spivak), Postmodern Communities II (J. Hillis Miller), Rethinking Religion: The Weakness of God and the Theology of the Event (John Caputo), Dialectic Voluntarism: Philosophy and Determination (Peter Hallward), Reframing Justice in a Globalizing World (Nancy Fraser), Understanding Global Internet Culture (Geert Lovink)



Europäische Universität für interdisziplinäre Studien, (EGS) Saas-Fee Switzerland

Masters: Master of Arts in Communication, graduated w/distinction

Thesis Advisor: Wolfgang Schirmacher

Thesis Topic: “Hyperbolic Capitalism: From Postmodernism to the Neobaroque”

G.P.A.: 4.0 Units: 91 credit hours

Core Seminars: Media, Politics and Psychoanalysis (Slavoj Zižek), Philosophy, Ethics, Art (Alain Badiou), Ethics and Politics After the Subject (Judith Butler), Homo Sacer (Giorgio Agamben), Finitude in Philosophy, Literature, and Art (Avital Ronell), Heidegger and Art (Chris Fynsk), Media Aesthetics (Wolfgang Schirmacher), Cinema for the New Millennium (Peter Greenaway), Creative Writing Workshop (Shelly Jackson), Poetry and Philosophy (Judith Balso & Jan Zwicky), Writing Workshop (Michael Anker), Radical Cinema: The Essay Film (Barbara Hammer), Schopenhauer and Contemporary Thought (Wolfgang Schirmacher), Audiovisual History and Technoculture (Siegfried Zielinski), Research Methods (Wolfgang Schirmacher)



Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Ca.

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelors of Fine Art, graduated w/honors in Fine Art

Senior Project: “Working Place” (Paintings and writings)

Advancement Committee: Kevin Hanley, Tom Knechtel, Rachel Lachowicz

Major Paper: “The Cultural Logic of the Neobaroque” (published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Art Center College of Design)

G.P.A.: 3. 875 Units: 183 credit hours

Upper Division Courses: Contemporary Issues in Art (John Knight), Painting in the 21st Century (Terry R. Myers), Art: Theory and Practice (David Schafer), Rethinking Art 2 (Pauline Stella Sanchez), Readings in Fine Art: Critical Theory (Richard Hawkins & Kevin Hanley), Readings in Fine Art: Modern and Postmodern Theory (Kerry Tribe), Art of Thinking: Philosophy (Gary Kornblau), Dialogs with Visiting Artists (Richard Jackson & Mungo Thumpson), Fine Art Seminar (Tom Knechtel), One on One Critique (Bill Jones, Taft Green, Katie Grinnan, David Bailey, Jean Rasenberger, David Schafer), Senior Projects I and II (John Millei, Dave Bailey, Tom Knechtel, Rachel Lachowicz, Kevin Hanley, Adam Ross), The Landscape Reconsidered (Laura Cooper), 1960’s: Art, Culture and Politics (Jackie Apple), Studio Practice (John Millei), Adv. Color Theory (Yunhee Min), Drawing Concepts (David Limrite), Composition and Painting (Peter Liashkov), Structure of Painting (Pierre Picot), Figure Painting (Aaron Smith), Contemporary Figurative Painting (Scott Hess),  Language of the Moving Image (Jean Rasenberger), Anatomy and Psychology of Perception (Rob Spruit), Television and Society (Norman Klein), Epic Narratives (Dennis Philips) American Politics and Media (Dennis Phillips), The Art of Research (Jan Tumlir).







Galleries Director, Fine Art Specialist for Arizona State University.

I currently coordinate exhibition programming for three galleries at Arizona State University as well as arranging exhibitions for the on-campus display cases. As the Galleries Director I help to facilitate the exhibition scheduling, promotion, installation and de-install of twenty-five annual curatorial initiatives, 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 in the history of curatorial practice (ARA: 460 Gallery Exhibitions) and a professionalization course (ART: 482: Senior Projects. I also regularly upload new content to the school website, the school arts calendar and work promote our curatorial projects through different advertising partnerships that ASU has developed. I hire, train and oversee 3 T.A.'s, a photography team, and 30 plus student works who participate in our galleries system as gallery attendants, lighting technicians, etc. I also represent the interests of the ASU galleries system throughout the greater metro Phoenix and Tempe areas at city council meetings, warehouse district meetings, innovation district meetings, artlink meetings and maintain many other 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.



Program Director, Fine Art Complex 1101, Tempe, Az.

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 four 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.



Art Reviewer for ArtsBeacon on-line journal.



Program Director of Autonomie.

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. 



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



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 eighteenth 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 terms papers, weekly assignments, final projects and providing feedback on student presentations as well as using computer grading systems and an institutional rubric for assigning grades. Students included both undergraduate and graduate level. I regularly gave feedback on student architectural projects, individual critiques of their work in studio, and helped to organize student exhibitions.



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

I was selected to organize and lead discussion groups among 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. 



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 Art Center in searching for a qualified candidate to oversea the Humanities and Design Sciences department at ACCD. My main duties with to help develop the screening questions for potential candidates for hire, promoting the public presentations of potential candidates and making sure that we followed university guidelines in the selection process.



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 regular critiques. I also did in-class 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, help facilitate class discussions in an on-line forum and collect assignments.



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, technical demonstrations and providing individual feedback on class assignments.



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, provide the teacher with technical support in the lecture hall and grade class assignments. This included screening films for the class, lead group discussions on film and cultural theory, grading assignments and tutoring students during office hours. This gave me a strong familiarity with course material, grading rubrics, and other pedagogical practices. 



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

I was hired to teach introductory level classes in art 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 student works 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.



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.



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.



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.



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.


1996-99, Founded Uncut Comics.

I founded a comic business where I oversaw art production, including 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 roundtables, and leading drawing workshops as well as working with with distributors, printing presses, and shippers.




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