Amber Swanson

Amber Hawk Swanson is a New York-based artist born in Davenport, IA. Her work deals with how the psychological debt of love animates us in a social-emotional economy. She has recently screened and exhibited at Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France); Denny Gallery (New York, NY); Momenta Art (Brooklyn, NY); and Locust Projects (solo, Miami, FL). Her work has been profiled and reviewed in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies, Theatre Drama Review (TDR), The Guardian and the Chicago Tribune. In addition to teaching at RISD, Hawk Swanson teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and has lectured at Yale University (New Haven, CT), Columbia University, New York University (NYU), Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Hunter College and Center for the Humanities (all New York, NY).

  • BFA, Iowa State University
  • MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


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