Press Releases

Susan Swartz's A Personal Path To Be Extended At The Kollegienkirche Salzburg

Breakthrough Exhibition To Be Featured During Salzburg Music Festival


PARK CITY (June 23, 2014) – Internationally recognized painter Susan Swartz, a resident of Park City, Utah and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, announces the extension of her groundbreaking exhibition at the Kollegienkirche Church in Salzburg, Austria.

 The exhibition, entitled A Personal Path, opened on May 30, 2014 to widespread critical acclaim in Austria and Germany. Through the encouraging support of The Salzburg Foundation, The Salzburg Festival and the staff of the Kollegienkirche at the University of Salzburg, the exhibition will now remain open through August 5.

 Salzburg is renowned for hosting a summer music festival that draws top classical musicians, opera performers and dramatists from around the world to the city each year. This year the festival begins July 18 and lasts until August 31. The Kollegienkirche, where 19 of Susan’s acrylic works are currently on display, is a central venue for festival performances and events.

The church, which has stood at Universitätsplatz since 1707, has undergone significant renovations over the past twelve years and reopened in 2013.  Designed by Fischer von Erlach, a master of architecture in his time, the “University Church” is considered one of the purest examples of Baroque architecture in the region and has inspired the design of numerous other sacred buildings in the area, reaching into southern Germany. The church is now a part of the University of Salzburg. 

 The exhibition, which is the first of its kind, required an extensive planning process involving local, regional and national government approval. The hanging of Swartz’s work on the walls of this historic landmark is in many ways a bureaucratic feat.

 With regard to the extension, Susan says, “I am thrilled and honored to share my work with the international community traveling to Salzburg this summer for the festival. Salzburg is a beautiful city and the Kollegienkirche is a near-perfect example of a building meant to honor and celebrate God’s glory. I draw inspiration from the world around me and from my relationship with God, this opportunity to extend A Personal Path is a blessing.”

 Working primarily with acrylics on linen, Swartz’s work is known for its rich texture and the intricate layering of color she employs to give her paintings life and energy. With her evocation of coastal splendor and mountain drama, Susan follows in the tradition of the great German painters, 19th century Romantic sage Caspar David Friedrich, and 20th century icon Gerhard Richter. She is inspired by the intersection of art, nature and spirituality.

Prof. Dr. Walter Smerling, Chairman of the Foundation for Art and Culture, Bonn says, “The Susan Swartz show in Salzburg is very important for the relationship between the arts and the Church. The show supports the dialog in society about the abstract , realistic and spiritual dimensions of art. It s a fantastic new experience of an anthroposophical relationship  - a new dimension and a very interesting aesthetic experience.”

Swartz’s career has long been inspired by her views of the natural world and her spiritual beliefs. As the Official Environmental Artist of the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Swartz’s work both as a painter and an activist is widely recognized and credited with starting forward-looking conversations about human stewardship of natural resources.

Swartz serves on the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Divinity School. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, the Springville Museum in Springville, Utah and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She is represented by the Belgravia Gallery in London and the Modern West Fine Art Gallery in Salt Lake City.

Susan Swartz is available for personal interviews upon request.




Press Contact for Susan Swartz:

Ali Peterson


 Press Contact for The Salzburg Foundation:

Dr. Ulrike Godler

+43 676 88122317

 Press Contacts for the Belgravia Gallery:

Anna Hunter and Laura Walford

+44 20 7495 1010

 Press Contact for Modern West Fine Art Gallery:

Diane Stewart