Gustavo Aguilar

Associate Arts Professor

Gustavo Aguilar

Art and Social Change
Art on the Edge
Collaborative Arts Workshop I
Improvising Sound & Music

Gustavo Aguilar is an Assistant Arts Professor of Collaborative Arts. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Corpus Christi State University, a Master of Music from The University of Akron, a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Contemporary Performance from the University of California, San Diego.

Gustavo is an interdisciplinary artist whose approach to making, performing, and improvising cooperatively combines the archive (preconceived elements such as notation, texts, documents, letters) and the repertoire (present-conceived elements such as gesture, movement, orality, aurality). Gustavo's current projects include those carried out as the Co-Artistic Director of TUG (, an interdisciplinary collective that creates contact zones where people can generate insights about, and produce actions around, contemporary social issues, and the Gustavo Aguilar Get Libre Collective, a space for developing music and sound compositions that intertwine past-composed (notated) and present-composed (improvised) elements.

Prior to joining NYU, Gustavo was Associate Professor of Experimental Performance at the University of Maine at Farmington. With TUG, Gustavo currently serves on the faculty for the MFA Art Practice program at the School of Visual Arts.