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. He regularly contributes essays, texts, interviews and lectures on contemporary art’s culture and its market, through various media outlets, public trusts, museums and universities.

Currently Garvey is 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, Sheida Soleimani “Oppress(er)(ed)” with Long Road Projects, “Ephemera Obscura” at the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans and Manon Bellet's "MEMO" at Atlanta Contemporary. 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. Garvey has worked with Creative Capital for the Visual Arts grant award review panels as both a Evaluator and Grant Reader and most recently has been a visiting curator at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, a guest lecturer at the University of Florida and the University of Iowa and collaborating curator at Independent Curators International.

Beyond his continued work within museums, foundations, universities and private collections; Garvey and his wife have co-founded a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation which hosts a residency program and edition publishing house, called Long Road Projects. Just out of its second full year and having concluded their eleventh 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

2019
Guest Curator - Angels Gate Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California

2018
Guest Curator – Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida
Juror – United States Congressional Artistic Discovery Award, Congressional Institute, Washington D.C.
Grant Reader, Visual Arts Grant Applications, Creative Capital, 2019 Award Year

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