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.



Talks & Performances:

2018: Inspired Live, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY

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


Group Exhibitions:

2018: Emergi-Cubes, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY

Connections, Jip Gallery, New York, NY

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

Features & Publications:

2018: The New York Times Lens Blog

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