Stiftung fur Kunst and Kultur presents an exhibition of Susan Swartz 's work in the historic Kollegienkirche in Salzburg, Austria in the summer of 2014.
Susan Swartz's work was exhibited at the famous Kollegienkirche in Salzburg, Austria from May 30 through August 5, 2014. The exhibition, which was titled A Personal Path, was presented by The Salzburg Foundation. Originally scheduled to close on July 4, the exhibition was extended through the cooperative effort of The Salzburg Foundation, The Salzburg Festival, the University of Salzburg and the Roman Catholic Chaplaincy. The exhibition was met with great acclaim in both German and Austrian publications.
The video below provides a glimpse of the opening night event in honor of Susan's solo exhibition.
The Kollegienkirche, or University Church, of Salzburg was constructed between 1694 and 1707 and was designed by Johann Fischer von Erlach, a master of Baroque architecture. The church is hailed as one of the most magnificent examples of Baroque architecture in Austria and inspired the design for numerous other sacred buildings in the region and in Germany. Now a part of the University of Salzburg, the church has undergone extensive renovations over the course of the past twelve years and recently reopened. The exhibit was the first of its kind in the newly renovated church, marking a renewed era of recognition of the enduring artistic nature of the human spirit.
Nearly two dozen of Susan's pieces were displayed, including four pieces from the Contemplation series. The exhibition highlighted Susan's career-long commitment to depicting the grace and glory of God's creations in her work, leaving space for individual viewers to interpret what they saw on each canvas and to find their own sense of meaning.
A photo gallery with images of the exhibition and the Kollegienkirche can be found here.
The exhibit was aptly named, for it represented the journey Susan is on to express herself, her beliefs and her interpretations through her painting. Susan’s work is, at its very core, an illustration of her personal experience. The simple beauty of art is that each viewer is entitled to their own journey and will walk their own personal path as they view the pieces on display.