University at Buffalo
Department of


Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

Gary Nickard, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor

Photography and Visual Studies

Office: CFA 135
Phone Number: 716-645-0529

Gary Nickard is a conceptual artist committed to exploring the interstices between visual art and literature while engaging such diverse topics as science, philosophy, psychoanalysis and various historical knowledge systems. He works in photography, installation and various time-based media as well as electronic music. He joined the UB Art Department in 1995.

Gary Nickard was born in Toronto, Canada and emigrated to the United States over four decades ago. He received a Bachelor of Arts (1978), Master of Arts Humanities (1982), and a Master of Fine Arts (1986), Master of Arts (2004) and Doctor of Philosophy (2006) in Comparative Literature, all from the University at Buffalo.

Gary Nickard’s prior professional experience includes stints as Executive Director / Curator of CEPA Gallery Buffalo, NY (81-88), Associate Curator, Alternative Museum, New York, NY (88-90), Director, Burden Gallery Aperture Foundation, New York, NY (90-91) and Director of Programs / Curator, Artists Space, New York, NY (92-94). He has published a number of critical essays in Afterimage, Exposure and Border Crossings Magazines (among others) and has done editorial work for Aperture Magazine.

Gary Nickard has exhibited at The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Anderson Gallery, Big Orbit Gallery, The Burchfield-Penney Art Center, CEPA Gallery, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and The University at Buffalo Art Gallery, all located in Buffalo, NY. He has also exhibited at The Alternative Museum, Deitch Projects Entropy Gallery, 438 Broom Street Gallery and The Puffin Room Gallery, all located in New York, NY. In addition he has exhibited at The Castellani Art Museum, Lewiston, NY, The Fine Arts Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, The Visual Arts Gallery, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ, The Olin Gallery, Kenyon College, and SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, both located in Ohio, as well as Stewart Hall Gallery, Montreal, and YYZ Gallery in Toronto, both located in Canada. He has been Artist-in-residence at The George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY and at Light Work, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. Numerous exhibition catalogs of his work have been published and reviews of his work can be found in Artforum and Arts magazines (among others).


  • VS 150 Visual Theory Aesthetics and Criticism
  • VS 260 Visual Theory Aesthetics and Criticism 2
  • AHI 448/548 History of Photography
  • VS 479/579 The Revolutionary Sublime
  • VS 480/580 Visual Culture Seminar: Discourse and Deconstruction
  • VS 487/587 Visual Culture Seminar: Vision, Space, and Power
  • VS 550 Art And Psychoanalysis

Read course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog-ARTVS, and the Graduate Courses page.

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202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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