About Adam Swanson
My paintings offer short stories intended to compel viewers to consider an unfamiliar place. I use humans, animals, and scientific tools to stress the human connection with the natural world. My current interest in painting gained fresh energy when I was in Antarctica working for the National Science Foundation. I traveled to Antarctica on numerous occasions to experience a rarely seen, powerful place. Living for years in such an extreme environment changed the way I viewed the world and humanity. An environment revered by both scientist and artist, the singular landscape of Antarctica asked me to see a possibility in which art, science and humanity could be combined to extract realness out of complex theories and feelings. In 2009 I returned to northern Minnesota to work more seriously on developing my voice as an artist. I live in a log home in the woods, am married and a father of two.
I am primarily a painter, though I have a strong interest in photography and film. I paint largely from photographs and videos I have taken. There is a deep relationship between art and science. Art asks questions, science seeks answers. The more we learn about our surroundings, where we came from and who we are, the more likely we will thrive in a universe of endless possibilities.
Selected Residencies and Projects
2019 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, 200 sq. ft. Mural, Minneapolis, MN
2018 Schmidt Ocean Institute, Artist-at-Sea Residency, RV Falkor, Pacific Ocean
2018 Duluth Art Institute, 600 sq. ft. Mural Residency Fellowship, Lincoln Park, MN
2018 ARAC Career Development Grant, Science and Art, Duluth, MN
2017 National Estuary Research Reserve, 600 sq. ft. Mural, Superior, WI
2016 Lake Superior College, 100 sq. ft. Mural, Duluth, MN
2015 ARAC Individual Artist Fellowship, MN
2014 Spirit Mountain Grand Chalet, 1500 sq. ft. Mural, Duluth, MN
2014 Art and Culture Symposium Artist Fellowship, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 Italienska Palatset, 4-Month Residency Fellowship, Växjö, Sweden
2008 National Science Foundation Artist Stipend, Palmer Station, Antarctica
2007 Cayuga Residency Fellowship, Ithaca, NY