Originally from New York, Garvey received her MFA from Concordia University Montreal, and BFA from Washington University in St Louis. Her works on paper and installations have been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions with Galerie Circulaire (Montreal), Sur La Montagne Galerie (Berlin), Phra Nakorn Gallery (Bangkok), Jules Maidoff Gallery (Italy), and HERE Art Center (New York).

Garvey is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts Fellowship, Mobility Travel Award, and most recently a 2016 Fulbright research grant from the Italian Commission. From 2015 -2016 she was a Visiting Fellow at Florence University of the Arts and a Visiting Artist at Siena Art Institute and SACI Florence among others. Garvey lives in Austin, Texas where she teaches at the University of Texas in the College of Fine Art.