Dr. Grant Vetter
2019-2020, Post-Doc in Curatorial Studies.
International Curators Program (ICP) at the Node Center for Curatorial Studies.
2009-2014, Ph.D., Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought, graduated Summa cum laude.
Europäische Universität für interdisziplinäre Studien, (European Graduate School - University for Interdisciplinary Studies).
2006-2009, Master of Fine Arts, with an emphasis in critical theory.
University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Critical Theory Institute (CTI).
2005-2007, Master of Arts in Media and Communications, graduated with distinction.
Europäische Universität für interdisziplinäre Studien, (European Graduate School - University for Interdisciplinary Studies).
2000-2005, Bachelor of Fine Arts, graduated with honors.
Art Center College of Design (ACCD).
- Instructor, Arizona State University, Fine Art Department and Museum and Heritage Studies.
At Arizona State University I was hired to teach various offerings about curatorial practice including Philosophies of Curation: 1800-Present, Histories of Curatorial Practice, Curation and Globalization, Contemporary Issues in Curatorial Practice, Art and Design Criticism and Theories of Contemporary Art. My duties included curriculum development, lecturing, responding to assigned readings, developing mid-term and final projects as well as providing feedback on student works in both individual and group critiques.
- Art Reviewer for JAVA: Art, Ideas, Taste, Music and Fashion.
At JAVA Magazine I was hired to write reviews of significant local, national and international artists exhibiting throughout Arizona.
- Curatorial Programs Director for Artlink Inc.
At Artlink I was hired to develop and coordinate the many curatorial projects that the organization produces throughout the year. This includes overseeing programming at the mood room, working with our partners to develop unique exhibition programs and opportunities as well as helping to organize the Art + Form project, which is a Piper Trust funded, multi-year initiative to build an interdisciplinary space in the heart of midtown Phoenix. I also develop open calls for exhibitions, public art projects and special art events throughout the city of Phoenix. Graphic design, photography and writing promotional copy are essential aspects of the job along with working with artists and collaborating with other art organizations throughout the state of Arizona.
- Guest Speaker: Denise Jackson and Chris Trueman: The Role of NFTs in the Art Market (Clubhouse: Fireside Digital Chats)
- Moderator: Olivia Phare, Kim Sweet and Kendra Sollars: Depressive Realism as an International Movement (Clubhouse: Fine Art Conversations)
- Host: Alternative Digital Aesthetics: New Platforms for Digital Artists (mood room)
- Galleries Director, Fine Art Specialist, Arizona State University.
As the former Galleries Director of Arizona State University, I oversaw three separate galleries on two different campuses as well as arranging exhibitions for display cases throughout the art building and many other auxiliary spaces. My main duties included organizing the exhibition schedule, promoting openings, developing different curatorial initiatives and supporting the MFA thesis exhibitions, BFA thesis exhibitions, ASU club exhibitions and other shows that were proposed for the gallery system throughout the year. In addition to my curatorial duties, I also taught two courses, one on the history of curatorial practice (ARA 460: Gallery Exhibitions) and a professionalization course (ART 482: Senior Projects and Portfolio) in addition to serving on MFA thesis committees and guided independent studies with graduate students (ARA 592: Independent Research). Another essential aspect of this position was producing content for the School of Art (SoA) website and social media channels as well as promoting curatorial projects all year around through a wide variety of arts organizations and advertising partnerships. As part of my responsibilities I also hired, trained and oversaw three T.A.'s, a photography team of four and thirty-plus student workers who participated in the galleries system as docents, art installers, lighting technicians, etc. Beyond my on-campus duties I acted as a stakeholder for the interests of the ASU galleries system in Tempe as well as the greater metro Phoenix area.
- Interviewed: Studio Crasher 360 (Youtube), Part I & II. Hosted by Kit Messham-Muir.
- Interviewed: Java Magazine. Grant Vetter: A Man with a Plan for the Phoenix Art Scene. By Bill Dambrova.
- Interviewed: State Press: Student Artists at ASU exhibit their work with the help of a professor. By Kalle Benallie.
- Interviewed: Phoenix New Times, Phoenix's Top 100 Creatives. By Becky Bartkowski.
- Moderator: Artist talk with Jason Ramos, artist and curator at Eastside International Art Residency Program at Arizona State University.
- Moderator: Artist talk with Samantha Assen, Malena Barnhart, and Rembrandt Quiballo at Arizona State University.
- Moderator: Artist talk with Chris Kuhn, Max Presneill, Alison Rash, Chris Trueman, Ian Pines, Bryan Ricci, Nano Rubio, and David Spanbock.
- Moderator: Artist Talk with Justin Bower at Arizona State University.
- Moderator: Artist talk with Bill Dambrova, Shiva Alibadi, Craig Randich, and Rossita Torodova at Arizona State University.
- Host: Studio visits at ASU with Ed Gomez at Grant Street Studios.
- Host: Studio Visits at ASU with Luis G. Hernandez at Grant Street Studios.
- Host: Studio Visits at ASU with Max Presneill at Grant Street Studios.
- Host: Studio Visits at ASU with Kio Griffith at Grant Street Studios.
- Program Director, Fine Art Complex 1101.
At Fine Art Complex 1101, I serve as the Program 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 documentation, transportation, installation and insurance of artworks. As the Program Director I oversee 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, artists and other key members of the arts community to create events that benefit emerging, unrepresented and under-represented artists.
- Art Reviewer for ArtsBeacon, an on-line arts journal.
For the Artsbeacon I wrote long form reviews of significant local, national and international artists exhibiting throughout the greater Phoenix Metro area, Tempe and Scottsdale.
- Program Director of Autonomie Arts, a non-profit arts organization.
I was the former Program 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 documentation, transportation, installation and insurance 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 helped to build cross-cultural dialogues. During my time as program director, I curated over forty exhibitions and organized The Arts Resource Center (ARC) in order to connect artists with greater opportunities in addition to working with other galleries and institutions to promote artists and special events.
- Board member of F.A.R. (Foundation for Art Resources).
At the Foundation for Art Resources I was nominated to assist in organizing exhibitions, distributing awards, holding board meetings and furthering the mission of FAR through strategic outreach initiatives. This included hosting the famous ATA (artist talk art) series, developing fund raising strategies for special projects through grant proposals and partnering with other institutions, curators and artists to develop challenging and innovative exhibition programming.
- Panelist: Art & Social Media with Kio Griffith, Sharon Butler and Julia Schwartz at California State University, Long Beach.
- Guest Speaker: Art and Professionalization with John Millei at the Art Center College of Design.
- Guest Speaker: Art and the Architecture of Control at the Torrance Art Museum.
- Author, The Architecture of Control: A Contribution to the Critique of the Science of Apparatuses. Published by Zero Books.
The focus of my first book was broadening the scope of the Foucaultian project of understanding social control through an in-depth analysis of the micro-physics of power. This lead me to develop an entirely new lexicon for thinking about the process of subjectivation in relation to architecture, culture and capitalism. The book spent more than a year as a top-seller in its genre and was endorsed major figures in the field of surveillance studies, philosophy and critical theory, including Mark Poster and William Bogard. It was reviewed in Interstitial Journal and is often cited as an important contribution to thinking about how governmentality operates in the east and the west through architectural forms.
- Finalist: The William and Dorothy Yeck Award for Painting.
- Published: Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society, Volume 15, Issue 3. Review of Non-Stop Inertia by Ivor Southwood.
- Adjunct instructor, SCI-Arc (School of Science and Architecture) - Philosophy of Agency and Action in Cultural Production.
At Sci-Arch I was hired to teach the philosophy architecture from the 18th century to the present with a specific focus on agency and action in relation to architectural practice. My duties included lecturing, grading homework, assigning mid-term and final projects as well as providing feedback on student projects in both individual and group critiques.
- Winner: M.F.A. NOW, International Painting Competition.
- Catalog: Pitzer College, "Capitalism in Question", Essays by Daniel Joseph Martinez, Daniel A. Segal and Ciara Ennis.
- Panelist: Pitzer College, Pitzer Art Galleries, "Capitalism in Question" with Daniel Joseph Martinez, Ian Arenas, Matthew Brandt, James Melinat, Gabie Strong, Kara Tanake, and Bill Anthes. Held in conjunction with talks by Aviva Chomsky on "Capitalism in Question: Rethinking labor and environmental histories", Marshall Sahlins on "Infrastructuralism", Ching Kwan Lee on "The labor question of Chinese capitalism in Africa", Ellen Harper and Stuart McConnell on "Songs of work and resistance", Sherry Ortner on "The darkness of American films: Late capitalism, 'Generation X' and the global impact of the American dream", J. Phillip Thompson on "Capitalism in transition: From competition to cooperation", Juliet Schor on "From ecocide to plenitude: From capitalism to sustainability", and Richard Parker, "If we're all Keynesians (Again), just what sort of Keynesians are we?".
- Assistant Director/Coordinator - West Coast Group EGS (European Graduate School).
At the European Gradaute School I was selected to organize and lead discussion groups with EGS graduate students residing in Southern California who were pursuing a PhD or a Masters in Philosophy and/or Media 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. I also helped coordinate travel, orientation day and enrollment for new students.
- 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 the university guidelines throughout the selection process.
- Winner: Orange County Arts Grant for Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture.
- Catalog: Constant Gallery, "Ab-Extradition". Essays on my work by Jacques Rancière, Christabel Wiebe and Marko Zlomislic.
- Instructor at UCI (University of California, Irvine), Painting.
At UCI I was selected to teach introductory painting classes to undergraduate fine art students. 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 regular demonstrations of different paintings techniques during open studio and plein-air painting times.
- Instructor, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Drawing from 19th and 20th Century Sculpture.
At the Norton Simon Museum of Art I was hired to instruct students and the general public in the technical aspects of drawing as well as providing brief informal lectures on the historical context of twentieth century art. Duties included lecturing in a museum environment, giving technical drawing demonstrations and providing individual feedback on in-class assignments.
- Teaching assistant for Michael Hardt at EGS, Political Activism: Multiplicity and Empire and Fred Ulfers for Nietzsche in Contemporary Thought.
At the European Gradaute School 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 for a number of different seminars.
- Interviewed: Art Forum: Contemporary Issues in Art & Architecture, Vol 29. Number 2. Fall.
- Reviewed: New University Press, February, "Dos, Duo, Double". By Elizabeth Watkins.
- Reviewed: Direct Art Magazine, Fall-Winter issue. By Sam Keith.
- Awarded: The UC Irvine Teaching Assistant Fellowship.
- Teaching Assistant for David Trend for Everyday Culture: Art, Media and Technology and Martha Gever for Introduction to Documentary Film at at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
At UCI 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 films and cultural theory as well as tutoring students during office hours.
- Winner: Orange County Arts Grant for Drawing, Painting and Printmaking.
- Reviewed: Orange County Weekly, "Decadence Conference", Wonderoom. By Nardine A. Saad.
- Instructor, Art Center College of Design (ACCD) in Pasadena, Saturday High Program.
At ACCD 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 during the course. I introduced comic book story-telling, storyboarding and figure invention classes to the program as well as regularly teaching a one-week intensive course on illustration techniques.
- Assistant for Jim Shaw L.L.C.
I was hired to contribute to large-scale mural works, easel paintings and various drawing projects for Jim Shaw’s studio that were shown in both national and international exhibitions.
- Instructor at CAAM (California African American Museum), Afterschool Programs.
At CAAM 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.
- Reviewed: Art Forum Picks, Art Forum on-line, JSA (Jim Shaw's Army).
- Interviewed: DOT Magazine, Issue 11.
- Inker: L.A. Weekly, Nov. 18th-24th, Vol 27. No. 52, Jim Shaw's Comics.
- Awarded: The Bradford Hall Arts Scholarship.
- Awarded: The San Marino League Arts Scholarship.
- Awarded: The Pasadena Art Alliance Scholarship.
- Awarded: The Art Center Scholarship.
- Instructor, Art Center College of Design (ACCD), Kids Program.
At ACCD 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 the student works that were completed during the course.
- Founded the 'Master Class' in Drawing at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.
At ACCD I helped to organize and served as a teacher’s aid for Glen Villpu, Steve Houston and John Watkiss. My duties included videography, tutoring and assisting with the distribution of class materials.
- Interviewed: The State Press, Vol. 81. No. 117. Friday, April 4, 1997. "Comic Character: ASU Student creates own funny business for artists", By Cadonna Peyton.
- Founded Uncut Comics.
I founded a comic book company where I oversaw the production of eight issues and one card set of the Uncut Comics characters. My job included working with up to ten artists per an issue, attending conventions, doing roundtable discussions and leading drawing workshops. I also gained experience working with printing companies, distributors and advertisers.
- Winner: The Drafting Olympics, State of Arizona, Bronze Metal in Orthographic Projection with a special invitation to speak at the state capital. This award required a very high proficiency in ACAD Programs and architectural drawing.