About

BIO

Aaron Levi Garvey is an independent curator, museum professional, lecturer and arts consultant, who has worked on a multitude of platforms within the public, private and corporate arts community both nationally and internationally.

Throughout his career Garvey has worked closely with notable artists such as Ryoji Ikeda, Tameka Norris, Gamaliel Rodriguez, Chiharu Shiota, Natalie Krick, Jonah Bokaer, Liu Bolin, Daniel Arsham and Rachel Rossin to name a few. He has contributed essays, texts, interviews and lectures on contemporary art’s culture and its market, through various media outlets, public trusts, museums and universities. In late 2014 he was an Evaluator for Creative Capital’s 2015 Visual Arts grant award review panel and most has recently been a visiting curator at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, a guest lecturer at the University of Florida, collaborating curator at Independent Curators International.

Currently Garvey is the guest curator at the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, the CEO and Curator of the Art For Thought foundation and the Curator/Co-Founder of Long Road Projects. Recent exhibitions include: Chiharu Shiota’s site-specific installation “Infinity Lines” at the SCAD Museum of Art, Josh Short’s “Wild One 66 – USA” with Long Road Projects and “Ephemera Obscura” at the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans. Additionally Garvey’s curated "We Are What You Eat" the inaugural art exhibition at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, which opened in early May 2016 and co-curated the Atlanta Biennial (ATLBNL): Recent Correspondence at the Atlanta Contemporary in August 2016.

Beyond his continued work within museums, foundations, universities and private collections; Garvey and his wife have co-founded a non-profit foundation which hosts a residency program and edition publishing house, called Long Road Projects. Just out of its first full year and having concluded their fifth residency, the program fosters an environment for both emerging and established artists to work on experimental projects, publish unique editions and host community engagements.


ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017
Board Member - Art In Public Places for City of Jacksonville (Mayoral Appointment), Jacksonville, Florida
Grant Nominator - United States Artists, Chicago, Illinois
Collaborating Curator - Independent Curators International, New York, New York
Visiting Curator - University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
CEO and Curator - Art For Thought Foundation, New York
Curatorial and Research Associate - The Mildred Thompson Foundation, Berlin, Germany/Atlanta, Georgia
Guest Curator - Crisp Ellert Museum of Art, St. Augustine, Florida
Guest Curator - FLUX Projects, Atlanta, Georgia
Guest Lecturer - University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Guest Curator - The Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana

2016
Guest Curator - The Joan Mitchell Foundation and Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Chief Curator - Art For Thoughts Foundation, New York/Venezuela
Curatorial and Research Associate - The Mildred Thompson Foundation, Berlin, Germany/Atlanta, Georgia
Guest Curator - Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia
Guest Lecturer - United Nations Headquarters, New York, New York
Guest Lecturer - Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

2015
Guest Lecturer - The Atlantic Trust (in conjunction with Miami Art Basel 2015), Miami, Florida
Logistics Strategist - No Commission Art Fair 2015, Miami Florida
Guest Lecturer/Instructor - University of South Carolina, Beaufort
Guest Lecturer - The Telfair Museums and Jepson Center, Savannah, Georgia

2014
Evaluator for Visual Arts Grant Applications, Creative Capital, 2015 Award Year

2013
Curatorial and Research Associate - The Mildred Thompson Foundation, Berlin, Germany/Atlanta, Georgia

2012
Research and Curatorial Assistant - SLOW: Marking Time in Photography and Film

2011
Research and Curatorial Assistant - Shared Vision: The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography

2010
Research and Curatorial Assistant - The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design