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."