Dr. Grant Vetter
With over twenty-five years of experience in the arts, Dr. Grant Vetter has served as a curator for Fine Art Complex 1101, Artlink, Arizona State University, Autonomie Arts and the Foundation for Art Resources. The exhibition spaces that he runs have been recognized for being in the Top 10 galleries in the State by the Phoenix New Times and Fine Art Complex 1101 is known for “addressing topics at the forefront of American culture such as racism, sexism, and climate change”. The projects that he has worked on at Artlink and ASU's Grant Street Studios have served the arts community by helping to grow the infrastructure of support for artists throughout the state of Arizona.
He currently teaches curatorial studies and art criticism at ASU in the Fine Art Program, the Global Studies Program, and the Museum & Heritage Studies Program. In the past 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 at the Munroe Center for Social Inquiry at Pitzer, the Torrance Art Museum and many other venues. He regularly writes art reviews and is the author of The Architecture of Control: A Contribution to the Critique of the Science of Apparatuses (Zero Books 2012), which proposed an entirely new lexicon for how we can understand relations of power/knowledge today.
Dr. Vetter completed his Post-Doc in the International Curators Program (ICP) at the NODE Center for curatorial studies in Berlin and holds advanced degrees from the European Graduate School (EGS), University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Critical Theory Institute (CTI). He completed his undergraduate work at the Art Center College of Design in addition to taking classes at Associates in Art and the California Art Institute. During his time as a student, 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. Today he lives in Tempe where he helps to support emerging and established artists gain wider recognition for their work.