Amber Hawk Swanson (b. 1980) is a New York-based artist born in Davenport, Iowa. Her work grapples economies of affect and what is understood in psychoanalysis as a debt of object choice: the attempt to fill deficits of love with desire.

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 Swanson’s 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); and G-CADD (Granite City, IL) in partnership with Paul Artspace (Florissant, MO).

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 (NYC); 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.

Portrait by Christa Holka.
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