University of Arizona
University of Arizona


Gary Setzer

Professor, Art

School of Art

MFA Ohio University; BFA University of Akron


Gary Setzer’s transdisciplinary practice incorporates performance art, video art, sound, installation, sculpture, and photography. Enlisting familiar landmarks like the body, the landscape, minimalism, and humor as entry points, Setzer lures his audience into his conceptual framework—a theoretical space centered on our compulsory entanglements with language.

Setzer was a participant in 2021 Venice Biennale of Architecture. He received his MFA from Ohio University and his BFA from The University of Akron. His works have been included in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has performed, exhibited, and screened work in venues such as The National Art Center Tokyo, the Arsenale in Venice, the Today Art Museum in Beijing, the Ars Electronica Center in Austria, Tribeca Film Center, A4 Art Museum in Chengdu, The Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Mobile Museum of Art, Boston Center for the Arts, Tucson Museum of Art, and the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Setzer has been awarded the Provost Award for Innovation in Teaching, The Charles and Irene Putnam Excellence in Teaching Award, The Louise Foucar Marshall Professorship, and the Roy A. & Stardust Johnson Faculty Mentoring Award.