Carl Hazlewood

Born in Guyana, Brooklyn based visual artist, curator and writer, Hazlewood co-founded Aljira, A Center for

Contemporary Art in Newark, in NJ, which in 1914 celebrated 30 years with the exhibition, ‘Aljira at 30 – Dreams and Reality’, co-curated by Hazlewood, for the New Jersey State Museum, 2014. He lectured in Art History at New Jersey City University, and was visiting critic at various institutions, most recently, Pratt Institute, 2019. Currently associate editor for Okwui Enwezor’s, ‘Nka: Journal of Contemporary

African Art’, (Duke University), and ‘The Arts Journal: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Literature, History, Art and Culture of Guyana and the Caribbean’, Georgetown, Guyana. His writing has appeared in many other periodicals, including ‘Flash Art International’, Rome; ‘ART PAPERS Magazine’, Atlanta, and ‘NY Arts Magazine’. Recent contributions of essays to catalogues and books include, the Samuel Dorsky Museum book/catalogue, “Andrew Lyght - FULL CIRCLE” (2016), and‘Terry Adkins: RECITAL', Tang Museum, Skidmore University (2017), Saratoga, NY.


Hazlewood, an elected member of AAA (American Abstract Artists, founded 1936), has worked as project consultant, curator, and/or writer for many organizations. Lately was curatorial adviser for BRIC’s project: ‘The BRIC Biennial, Volume Two’, Brooklyn, NY, Fall 2016. ‘Modern Life’ for Aljira, (in association with the Newark Museum and cocurated with Okwui Enwezor), is among the numerous projects he organized for Aljira over the years.


Hazlewood’s prize-winning project, ‘Current Identities, Recent Painting in the United States, was the official presentation of the USA (Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions) at the ‘Cuenca Bienal International de Pintura,’ Ecuador 1994. It traveled for three years to eleven other countries & museums in Latin America. As Independent curator he organized ‘Contemporary Filipino Photography’ with David Medalla (UK), for the Philippines Consulate, NYC. A brief listing of curatorial projects include those for The Nathan Cummings Foundation, NY; Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Hallwalls, NY; Artists Space, NY; P.S.122, NY, among many other venues. He’s written catalogues for The Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois; The Ben Shahn Center, William Paterson University, NJ; The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, and others.


Brooklyn based Carl E. Hazlewood, born in Guyana, received a BFA with honors, from Pratt, and an MA from Hunter College, CUNY. Also a curator and writer, he co-founded Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ. Recent honors include Fellowships and residencies from The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House, (administered by MFAH-The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), Ménerbes, France, Summer & Winter 2018, The Bogliasco Foundation (Fellow) Liguria Study Center for the Arts & Humanities, Village of Bogliasco, Italy, Fall 2018; NARS Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. A 2017 ‘Tree of Life’ award grantee, his fifty-two feet painting installation, ‘TRAVELER’, was commissioned by the Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queens, in 2017. Hazlewood’s work has been seen in the EA/B, NADA, PRIZM, Volta, and Scope Art Fairs. BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, and the NY Times are among publications that have written about the artist.