Grant Vetter 

Curator / Critic / Theorist / Writer / Links

Dr. Grant Vetter is a curator, art critic and philosopher. He is currently the Program Director of Fine Art Complex 1101 in Tempe, Arizona and the Curatorial Programs Coordinator for Artlink in Phoenix as well as being a regular contributor to JAVA: Arts, Ideas, Tast, Music, Fashion. He is also the author of The Architecture of Control (Zero Books 2012) and the exhibition spaces that he runs have been recognized for being in the Top 10 in the State of Arizona for “addressing topics at the forefront of American culture such as racism, sexism, and climate change.” 


Dr. Vetter was the former Galleries Director at Arizona State University and the former Program Director of Autonomie Projects in Los Angeles as well as having been a part board member of Fine Art Resources, a non-profit organization that has been producing critical programming in the arts since 1977. He has regualrly produced exhibitions that explore critical questions about the relationship of art to abstraction, the environment, social concerns, political issues and theories of identity, individuation and subjectivation. Dr. Vetter is deeply invested in the theoretical aspects of contemporary art production and his writing bridges the traditions of continental philosophy and consciousness studies.


He has served as a teacher at the School for Science and Architecture (Sci-Arch), the Art Center College of Design, the University of California, Irvine (UCI), the Norton Simon Museum and the California African American Museum. 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. He regularly writes art reviews and essays for various magazines and catalog publishers.


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 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 Dorothy 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 support emerging and established artists gain wider recognition for their work.


Curatorial Highlights

Feminism 5.0 (upcoming) | Capitalist Neo-Realism Part I & II (2020) | The Wrong Biennial (2020) | Geometric Elegance: Art in the Age of Computational Beauty (2020) | Psychogeografik (2019-2020) | A Matter of Public Record: Art in the Age of Mass Surveillance I & II (2018-2019) | The Fate of Landscape Painting (2017) | Abstraction in the Singular & Abstract Miniatures (2017) | NASTY, NOISY, NAKED, KNITTING WOMEN (A Nationwide Initiative, 2017) | Far East of Eden: Karen Finley and Bruce Yonemoto (2016) | Parables of the Virtual (2016) | Geometry in the Expanded Field (2016) | Landscape at Escape Velocity (2016) | wave, Erika Lynn Hanson (2015) | In Advance of Identity (2015) |Reflective Properties: Sean Deckert (2015) | Les Enfant Terribles (2014) | The Status of Portraiture (2014) | The De-socialized Landscape (2013) | Painting on Edge I & II (2012-14) | Speculative Materialism: Abstract Art and it's Conditions I & II (2012-13) | Affect: Liz Nurneberg (2012) | The Exegesis of Entropy: Gabie Strong (2012) | Pacific Non-Standard Time: FAR (Foundation for Art Resources) (2012) | Action (Un)Packed: Abstraction After Action (2011) |Endure Supermax: Nano Rubio (2011) | Literaturewurst: Katie Herzog (2011) | Acute: Small Works by 21 Los Angeles Artists (2009) 


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