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 galleries in the State of Arizona by the Phoenix New Times. Fine Art Complex 1101 is known for “addressing topics at the forefront of American culture such as racism, sexism, and climate change” and his projects at Artlink have served the arts community by helping to grow the infrastruture of support for artists throughout the state.
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 board member and curator for Fine Art Resources (FAR), which is a non-profit organization that has been producing critical programming in the arts since 1977. He has regularly 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 current writing projects are focused on the interdisciplinary dialogue between concerns in continental philosophy and consciousness studies.
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 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 completed his post-doc from the NODE Center for curatorial studies and 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, Gayatri Chakravoty Spivak, Michael Hardt, J. Hillis Miller, Gorgio Agamben, Judith Butler, Avital Ronell, Peter Hallward, 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. Today he lives in Tempe where he helps to support emerging and established artists gain wider recognition for their work.