Honors and Awards

The honors and awards received by artist Susan Swartz including 2005 Artist-in-Resident at Harvard Divinity School, official 2002 SLC Olympic Winter Games Environmental Artist,  and 2001 Utah Governor's Mansion Award.

Utah Artist

Jim & Susan Swartz, Scott & Jesselie Anderson

Jim & Susan Swartz,
Scott & Jesselie Anderson

In the fall of 2012, Zion's Bank lauded Swartz as an exceptional Utah artist and a valued representative of the state's remarkable natural beauty. To commemorate the closing of susan swartz: seasons of the soul, Swartz's solo exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., a celebration was given in her honor in the extraordinary Zions Bank Founders Room in downtown Salt Lake City.

In a room packed with admirers, peers and friends, Swartz was recognized for the many years of spiritual wisdom and visual integrity she has brought to her paintings inspired by the unique natural grandeur of Utah. Hosts Scott Anderson (president and CEO, Zions First National 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. And Jon Huntsman sent a special message to Swartz for her contributions to Utah.

2008 IPPY Award Recipient

Purchase a copy of the hardback book from Amazon.com

Purchase a copy of the hardback book from Amazon.com

A comprehensive collection of the most representative works of Susan Swartz, Natural Revelations was published in 2008 and went on to win the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) for best regional non-fiction book. The annual competition drew 3,000 entries with over 600 in the regional category. 

Paired with select poems or relevant quotes from renowned writers, Swartz's evocative landscape paintings bring to life the weighty silence and charged beauty of the natural world. The 106-page, four-color book opens with an essay from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Robert Coles and concludes with an essay from famed naturalist, Dr. Jane Goodall. Sandwiched between these lofty writings is an unwritten plea — one implored through fervent brushstrokes and impassioned swipes of the palette knife — to preserve the world's divine wildness for our children and grandchildren. 

Called "a prayer for future generations", Natural Revelations is an enduring work of some of Swartz's most iconic paintings.

Artist-in-Residence at Harvard Divinity School

Transient

Susan Swartz was invited to Harvard University's Divinity School (HDS) in 2005 as a visiting artist-in-residence in recognition for a 35-year career that explored the intersection of faith and art. In addition to working on her own pieces, Swartz spent the time advising students and sharing both individually and in a public presentation her own experience of striving to interpret God's creation.

Her hope is that she encouraged both students and faculty to look at an artistic life as a spiritual path, and to understand more fully the declaration of HDS alumnus, Ralph Waldo Emerson that "art is the path of the creator to his work." http://www.hds.harvard.edu/

Learn more about the Exhibition › 

Related Articles

Cape Code Life, Summer/Fall 2005

Divinity @ Havard, April 2005 

The Park Record, April 2005 

2002 Olympic Winter Games Environmental Olympic Artist

Transient

In 2002, Swartz became the first ever Environmental Olympic Artist when she joined the select group of professional artists to be designated as the Official Olympic Artists for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Swartz was commissioned to represent Mt. Timpanogos, the dramatic backdrop of Solider Hollow, site of the Nordic and Biathlon competitions. In addition, Swartz's work was selected for the cover of the Cultural Olympiad program. 

Perhaps most satisfying for Swartz, an additional painting was commissioned for Olympic Aid, a non-profit comprised of Olympians dedicated to using sport for social progress in developing nations. During an auction held outside the Medals Plaza, the painting was signed by one hundred Olympic athletes and sold for a record $155,000. "This is the new gold standard for Olympic Aid," said founder and four-time Olympic gold medalist Johann Koss. "Susan's painting is an amazing gift."

Utah Governor's Mansion Artist Award Recipient

Swartz was honored in 2001 with the Utah Governor's Mansion Artist Award for her contributions to art and culture within the state. A longtime painter of Utah's diverse natural beauty, Swartz’ work includes paintings depicting the state's aspen forests, mountain vistas and agricultural lands in all four seasons.