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The news of artist, environmental activist, documentary film producer and philanthropist Susan Swartz.

National Museum of Women in the Arts UK Friends Event with Susan Swartz

Patti White, Susan Swartz, Beth Colocci

Susan Swartz, Conversation with the Artist
6 November at 11 a.m.
Belgravia Gallery, 45 Albemarle St, London, Greater London W1S 4JL
Nearest tubes: Green Park and Picadilly Circus

Enjoy a coffee and conversation with Susan Swartz at her exhibition, BREATH OF NATURE.  Swartz is an American landscape artist and environmental campaigner whose work probes the intersection between devout spirituality and a reverance for nature.  Her art is part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.  Swartz is also an impassioned environmental activist and educator who has worked with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Jane Goodall in their efforts to shed light on environmental issues.

Supporting Subscribers free; Subscribers £10; Guests £20. rsvp@nmwa-uk.org and post cheque to Friends of NMWA, UK, Box 539, 28 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3SS.

 

National Museum of Women in the Arts is 25!

Gentle Morning
36 x 36

Last week Susan joined Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, the Founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Dr. Susan Fisher Sterling, the Alice West Director of the museum, in celebrating its 25th Anniversary.

At the gala event under the Patronage of Ambassador and Mrs. L’Hélias-Delattre of France, the museum honored Isabel Allende with the Award for Excellence in the Arts. The Chilean American writer’s works of fiction and memoirs pay homage to lives of women, and have sold over 56 million copies worldwide. 

The NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions. By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best of women artists working today, the museum directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus assuring great women artists a place of honor now and into the future. Susan is a member of the National Advisory Board.

Dr. Sterling was pleased to unveil Gentle Morning, Susan’s painting purchased by the museum following her solo exhibition susan swartz: seasons of the soul in 2011.

Susan Swartz Lauded As Utah Artist And National Treasure

Susan is stunned and grateful to have been lauded so thoroughly by friends and supporters at a celebration on October 15 in the extraordinary Zions Bank Founders Room in downtown Salt Lake City.

In a room packed with admirers, peers and friends, Susan was honored as national treasure who sheds a flattering light on the state of Utah. Hosts Scott Anderson (president and CEO, Zions Bank), Geralyn Dreyfous (founder and chair, Utah Film Center and Impact Partners) and Byron Russell (Byron Russell LLC) celebrated not only Susan’s artistic talents, but also her life-changing generosity and her gift of deep and abiding friendship.

A Zions Bank-commissioned painting and other private collection works by Susan were on display to enhance the special video screening of the opening reception of her recently-concluded National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) exhibition, Seasons of the Soul.

Remarks Susan about the evening:

With the preparation and opening of any exhibition of paintings, there is so much work, anticipation and excitement for the artist. One continues to bask in the glow throughout its life in the gallery. What one is less prepared for are those wistful and bittersweet feelings at its quiet closure — a very private end to a public experience. For me, this celebration brought an unexpectedly joyful conclusion to my NMWA exhibition. To celebrate with good friends and so many new friends was a glorious benediction.

See Jon Huntman's special message to Susan  ›

The Onset of Autumn for Susan Swartz

Fall Study
9x12

Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.
– Albert Camus

The Seasons of the Soul exhibition has finally wrapped up at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. While Susan’s paintings coming down from the museum walls, the leaves are coming down from the aspens and Gambel oak trees surrounding Susan’s studio in Park City.

After a busy summer of painting on the coast, Susan is now back in the mountains, preparing for an upcoming solo exhibition in New York City. Scheduled for December 8-11, the exhibition of paintings will hang at The Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Gallery director, Michael James, is organizing the special exhibition at The Carlyle. “I’ve known Susan Swartz for a decade and seen her work evolve as she was challenged by illness,” he remarked. “Today her paintings are gaining new acclaim as they display a truly dynamic energy and tension that underlies her more complex relationship with the natural environment.”

For more information about the New York City exhibition, visit michaeljamesfineart.com.

Environmental Film Series Supports Susan Swartz NMWA Exhibition

Amethyst Grove
48 x 72

Monthly throughout the exhibition of Susan’s Seasons of the Soul at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), the museum is presenting a documentary film series titled Linking Environment, Healing and Creativity. Already this summer, two important films have screened: The Science of Healing with Dr. Esther Sternberg and A Healthy Baby Girl.

And, still to come are two excellent recent documentaries. Screening on September 12 is The Last Mountain. Hailed as a clarion call to protect the environment and our own health, the film is directed by Bill Haney and focuses on a group of West Virginia citizens and their ongoing battle with Big Coal corporations.

Closing the film series on October 2 is No Impact Man, a film by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein that follows a Manhattan-resident during his yearlong effort to eliminate his impact on the environment. For 12 months he ate vegetarian; bought locally; stopped using elevators, television, cars, buses, and electricity; and brought his wife and two-year-old daughter along for the ride.

Visit NMWA.org to learn more about the film series.

Seasons of the Soul Opens at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

After months of anticipation and years of preparation, Susan’s solo exhibit, seasons of the soul opened in Washington, D.C. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) on June 17, 2011. The exhibit, which features 13 of Susan’s colorful, oversized canvases, will run through October 2, as part of a celebration in honor of the museum’s 25th anniversary.

Says museum director, Susan Fisher Sterling:  

With a unique resilience, Susan has turned to art as a source of healing, redirecting her struggles into a body of work that serves as a wake-up call for viewers to notice, appreciate and preserve the enduring beauty of nature, which can help or harm mankind, often as a consequence of our own actions.

The exhibition opened with a special launch party, in which Susan was grateful and humbled to be surrounded by so many supporting friends and family members. She says:

I am so honored to join the ranks of the incredible artists who have showed here over the years. While the rest of us may rest on the laurels of progress, [museum founder] Billy Holladay has never forgotten the value of women artists and has never ceased to be their strongest champion. It is to her and to the entire National Museum of Women in the arts that all of us owe a tremendous debt. Thank you, Billy, thank you.

See out the exhibition yourself at NMWA.org!

Upcoming Solo Show at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Petah Coyne
Untitled (#781)

Are you ready for the big news? We’re so excited to tell you that we can’t hold it in any longer: Susan is being honored with a special solo exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, D.C.

In celebration of the museum’s 25th anniversary, Susan will present Seasons of the Soul, a collection of her boldest, riskiest landscape paintings, from June 17 - October 2, 2011. Museum Director, Dr. Susan Fisher Sterling says,

Pulsating with dazzling color, Susan Swartz’s abstract landscapes simultaneously articulate her awe of the natural world and her rallying cry for its preservation…The National Museum of Women in the Arts is delighted to showcase her work in a special exhibition this summer.

Coming off a busy and successful trio of art shows in Florida, the news of this invitation leaves Susan feeling more blessed and grateful than ever. “On my first visit to the museum over 24 years ago, I was blown away by the caliber and diversity of the work on display,” says Susan. “I remember thinking ‘maybe one day my work will be here,’ so it’s an incredible honor, a dream, to have my paintings at such a pioneering institution that has done so much for women artists.”