Linda Swanson is Dean of the School of Visual and Communication Arts, which includes the departments of Studio Art, Photography, Communication Design: Graphic Design & Art Direction, and Digital Art: Visual Development & Illustration. Additionally, she chairs the Art Department and teaches courses that address contemporary issues in painting and drawing. Swanson was named Honored Educator by SITE Santa Fe (2015)
Swanson has shown her work nationally: Art Galaxy (NYC), Dwight Hackett Projects (Santa Fe), Coup de Grace (NYC), Art in General (NYC), Jersey City Art Museum (NJ), Schmidt Contemporary Art/Lemon Sky (Los Angeles), the Newark Museum (NJ), and 667 Shotwell Project Space (San Francisco). Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Newark Museum. A Houseful of Suitors, a large scale drawing installation, was included in the Alcoves exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art in spring 2012. In April 2016, Swanson collaborated with designers Ines Kaag and Desiree Heiss (BLESS) in the production of The Linda Swanson Motherdaughter shirt, which used her drawings.
Swanson’s practice also includes curatorial and writing projects, such as an exhibition/lecture on the work of Gerry Snyder (Sofia, Bulgaria, 2010), presentations at the Conference of the Image (Berlin, 2014) and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (2010), and the publications of dis cord (artist book) and They Called It Horizon (collaboration with poet Valerie Martinez). Most recently she has written for the Paris/Berlin design team of BLESS (2015 to present).
Swanson received her BFA from Indiana University, and her MFA from Goddard College.