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

A Look Back at Susan's Solo Exhibition at CAFA, Beijing - Oct 2018

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In a cultural twist to Throw Back Thursdays, a year ago today on October 10, 2018 we were celebrating a pre-opening reception at PACE Gallery Beijing for Susan’s show at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in China (CAFA) that ran from October 11-November 4, 2018. 

The PACE Beijing reception featured works Susan would be premiering for the very first time the next day at CAFA, and was attended by influencers such as Chinese media mogul Lang Yan and representatives from the Utah Trade Mission to China including: Utah's Speaker of the House, Greg Hughes; Miles Hansen, CEO of Utah's World Trade Center; and Scott Anderson, President and CEO of Zions Bank. Dignitaries from the US Embassy in Beijing were also in attendance. 

Last year Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert proclaimed October 11, 2018 Utah-China Cultural Friendship day. The announcement of Herbert's proclamation occurred in honor of the opening of Susan's solo exhibition at CAFA on October 11th.  Mary Anne Huntsman - pianist and daughter of the former Chinese Ambassador and Utah's former Governor, Jon Huntsman - performed a stunning recital at the opening with famed Chinese violinist Gao Can. The proclamation was read from the stage by Governor Herbert's son, Brad Herbert. An official with Zions Bank, Brad was there with the Utah Trade Mission and won over the crowd of Chinese art figures including CAFA's President Fan Di'an.

Susan pictured with curator Walter Smerling, Utah dignitaries, and CAFA staff

In the days that followed during her visit to China, Susan participated in a panel discussion for current students at CAFA entitled "Is Abstract Art Universal?" 

She was also honored at an October 12th luncheon with US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, where Scott Anderson gifted the US Embassy in China through the Art in Embassies program with one of Susan's paintings (Shimmering Light, Acrylic on linen, 48x48” 2016) on behalf of Zions Bank and the State of Utah. On a side note, Ambassador Bradstad was in Utah this summer for the Western Governors Association meetings and shared with an audience during a luncheon presentation that he adores Shimmering Light and hung it in his personal office so that he would be able to enjoy it daily.

Last November we were pleased to be able to reciprocate in showing hospitality to the Chinese Embassy in DC by welcoming a delegation to Susan Swartz Studios for a tour and special luncheon. The Chinese delegation were in Utah to participate in the World Trade Center’s Utah Global Forum conference at the Grand America in Salt Lake City.  

A year later we see much has transpired between the US and China from a trade perspective but the cultural ties between Utah and China remain with the Utah Museums paying tribute last winter to the Spike 150 Celebrations across the state. We hope art and culture can continue to provide a platform to encourage further dialogue and we were thrilled to play a part last year.  

The Opening of the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis

Susan at the museum opening.

Photo credit: Drew Altizer

Susan Swartz Studios is proud to support the opening of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. 

Since its founding in the early 1960s, UC Davis Department of Art has been one of the preeminent MFA programs in the United States.  It was established to cultivate an environment of creativity and experimentation while remaining true to the fundamental properties of materials.  Today, the Manetti Shrem Museum advances its mission through its dedication to education, interdisciplinary experimentation, and community engagement.

Director and Curator Rachel Teagle describes the Museum as being “ ‘Art Wide Open,’ meaning that we want to show a broad range of art, from art that inspires great beauty to art that engages the critical issues of our time.”  With its renown art faculty, the diversity of its collections, and its anticipated exhibitions, the Museum will solidify the University’s reputation in the art world.

The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art will exhibit Swartz’s work in the fall of 2017.  This exhibition will be the most extensive US show of Swartz’s work in the past six years.  Susan Swartz is thrilled to be one of the inaugural artists at the forefront of this innovative and venerable institution.  Additional information will be forthcoming.

Susan and Jim Swartz attended the Museum’s opening on November 13th.  Photos from the event can be found here.

 

Susan Swartz Studios Winter Recap

Susan Swartz has had a busy and exciting year, highlighted by the opening of her eponymous art gallery.  

Susan Swartz Studios, located at 260 Main Street, Park City, officially opened its doors on February 9th.  It features paintings spanning the past 15 years of Swartz’s career –- her signature aspen works as well as her new, modern abstract pieces. The gallery has received much praise and has helped further Swartz’s reputation.  It provides a beautiful and tranquil space for contemplative appreciation of Swartz’s relation with her art and the natural world.

This past February, Swartz participated in the 2016 Winter Art Salon at the Deer Valley Montage, a fundraiser to benefit the Kimball Art Center.  Swartz’s most recent work was displayed, and Swartz had the opportunity to discuss her art and career with event attendees during an intimate Q+A session with Robin Marrouche, the Executive Director of the Kimball Art Center.

In conjunction with the June Park City Gallery Stroll, Susan Swartz Studios will present a new collection of paintings from Swartz’s most recent work.  More information about this “opening” night will be announced.  Be sure to visit the gallery this summer to see these new works before they tour in Swartz’s 2016–2017 worldwide exhibitions to the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary; Yuan Museum in Beijing, China; Ludwig Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; and the new Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California at Davis.

 

Photos from the gallery open can be found here.

Photos from the 2016 Winter Art Salon can be found here