Amber Hawk Swanson
(b. 1980) is a New York-based artist born in Davenport, Iowa. Her work deals with how the psychological debt of love animates us in a social-emotional economy.
Recent exhibitions and screenings include Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France); Denny Gallery (New York, NY); Momenta Art (Brooklyn, NY); and Locust Projects (solo, Miami, FL).
Hawk Swansons seminars and residencies include New Museum Seminar: SPECULATION (New York, NY); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Workspace (New York, NY); LMCC Process Space (New York, NY); Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY); MacDowell (Peterborough, NH); Sharpe-Walentas (Brooklyn, NY); Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (Skowhegan, ME); Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, FL); Mana Contemporary BSMT (Jersey City, NJ); and G-CADD (Granite City, IL) in partnership with Paul Artspace (Florissant, MO).
Recent scholarly writing on her work have been published in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies (2015 & 2012) and Theatre Drama Review (TDR, 2012). Hawk Swanson's work has additionally been profiled and reviewed in the Guardian (2014), Chicago Tribune (2011), and Associated Press (2007).
Recent visiting artist lecture appointments
include Yale University (New Haven, CT); Columbia University (New York, NY); New York University's Tisch School of Arts (NYC); Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA, Baltimore, MD); McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada); East Carolina University (Greenville, NC); Hunter College (New York, NY); and Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, NY).
Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL).
Hawk Swanson holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Studio Arts, 2006) and is a recipient of a 2015 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Community Engagement Grant and a 2014 Franklin Furnace Fund Grant. She currently teaches in the Sculpture Departments of Rhode Island School of Design, RISD (Providence, RI) and Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU (Richmond, VA).
Portrait by Christa Holka.