Evan Garza is a Washington, DC-based curator, writer, and critic. From 2016–2019, he served as Director of Public Art at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he oversaw major acquisitions of work by Sol LeWitt and Ursula von Rydingsvard, organized experimental sound and performance works at the James Turrell “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace, and curated exhibitions and solo presentations by Nina Katchadourian, Erika Blumenfeld, and Jarrod Beck. Previously, Garza was Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin from 2014–2016, where he was managing curator of the exhibitions Warhol By the Book, Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s (2016), and WITNESS: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties (2015).
He is co-founder of Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), a New York nonprofit and the first residency program in the world exclusively for LGBTQ+ artists, where he was Assistant Director from 2011-2015. Simultaneously, he served as Exhibitions and Public Programs Director at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he was the curator of the 2012 exhibition Something Along Those Lines. In 2013, he was the recipient of an Hablar en Arte curatorial research fellowship in Madrid and was appointed to the Boston Art Commission by Mayor Marty Walsh, a discretionary appointment for distinguished service in the arts, where he served as commissioner until late 2014.
Over the last fifteen years, Garza has curated several exhibitions nationally, including PAINT THINGS: Beyond the Stretcher, co-curated with Dina Deitsch for deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (2013), william cordova: this one’s 4U (pa’ nosotros) at Boston Center for the Arts (2012), and projects at several galleries and nonprofit art centers. His writing has been published in several books, catalogues, and monographs, and by The Drawing Center, Flash Art, Art Papers, and Artforum.com. In 2019, he was appointed Co-curator and Artistic Director of the 2021 Texas Biennial, a statewide survey of contemporary art and practice opening to the public across Texas in Fall 2021.