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Linda Swanson

Venice, CA

Linda Swanson’s art practice centers around large-scale drawing projects that address family relationships and narratives; these, and other related materials, are gathered and presented in the Forde Visser Archive. In recognition of the archive as a space of shifting narratives and competing stories, visitors are invited to engage actively with materials through archival artisanal tasks, prompted investigations, and original discoveries.

The archive will be presented in November 2017 at the Chase Library, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, NM, with support from Meow Wolf and SFUAD.  Archive attendants will wear BLESS N° 46 The Linda Swanson Motherdaughter shirts, a conceptual fashion collaboration with the trans-disciplinary studio BLESS (designers Ines Kaag and Desiree Heiss) in April 2016.

Over a 40 year career, Swanson has shown her drawings and paintings nationally: Art Galaxy (NYC), Dwight Hackett Projects (Santa Fe), Art in General (NYC), Jersey City Art Museum (NJ), Schmidt Contemporary Art/Lemon Sky (Los Angeles), the Newark Museum (NJ), NMMA Alcoves (Santa Fe), and 667 Shotwell Project Space (San Francisco), among others.  Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Newark Museum.  

Swanson’s practice also includes curatorial and writing projects: exhibition/lecture on the work of Gerry Snyder (Sofia, Bulgaria, 2010); presentations: Conference of the Image (Berlin, 2014), Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (2010, 2016); and artist publications (dis cord and They Called It Horizon). Swanson (BFA, Indiana Univ.; MFA, Goddard College) has a life-long engagement with teaching, holding several academic positions including Dean of the School of Visual and Communication Arts at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. In 2015, Swanson was named Honored Educator by SITE Santa Fe.