photo by: Sean D. Henry-Smith

photo by: Sean D. Henry-Smith


Courtney Garvin is a visual artist currently living in New York City. She received her B.S. in Communications and Rhetorical Studies with a minor in Art Photography from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. She is a Magnum Foundation 2018 Photography & Social Justice Fellow.

Her work examines Blackness and the ways in which it has been and is portrayed across various mediums. She also has a deep interest in family histories, memory, storytelling, sexuality, and challenging the boundaries between relationships.




2017: "An Ode To", Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY


Group Exhibitions:

2017: Backyard Biennial, Ridgewood, NY

          Staff Art Show, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

          Art as Resistance, Strange Fire Collective, Denver, CO

2016: Our Own Table, Random Access, Syracuse, NY

          Not For Sale, Art Slope Festival: Girl on Girl Collective, Brooklyn, NY

          Heroic Battles & Love...Anyway, Pick Love, The Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, NY

          Transmedia Annual, Light Work, Syracuse, NY

          In These Clasped Hands, Spark Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse, NY

         (Curated) The Rest of the World Sleeps, Spark Contemp. Art Space, Syracuse, NY


Features & Publications:

2018: Buzzfeed News

2017: NET 2.7 I'd Rather Go Blind

          Bloomberg Businessweek

          Diversify Photo

          Bad Luck Magazine

          Ain't Bad

2016: SVGE Magazine



Wedge Curatorial Projects, Toronto, ON

The Photography Center of the Capital District, Troy, NY



Light Work Hallway Gallery, Syracuse, NY

Photographer's Forum Magazine, Santa Barbra, CA