Critical Acclaim

The testimonials of Susan Fisher Sterling, Jane Goodall, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and others for artist, environmental activist, documentary film producer and philanthropist Susan Swartz.

[Swartz’s] paintings are full of romanticisms, full of longing, love and always in search of the familiar turned unfamiliar, of the psyche of the person in nature, of a universal poetry which at once connects science, religion and painting.
Professor Dr. Dieter Ronte Former Director of the Museum of Modern Art Vienna and the Kunst Museum Bonn
Swartz is well versed in the culture of abstract art....Her work reflects the critical demands but she never lets any paradigm dominate her. Swartz approaches a paradigm, but then takes a step sideways. There she finds no trodden path; she happily takes risks to find her own way.
Alexander Borovsky Russian Art Critic & Curator of Contemporary Art at the Russian State Museum
Pulsating with dazzling color, Susan Swartz’s abstract landscapes simultaneously articulate her awe of the natural world and her rallying cry for its preservation. A staunch environmentalist, philanthropist, and supporter of award-winning documentaries, Susan has turned to her art as a source of healing, resilience, and inspiration throughout her battle with environmentally-bred illnesses. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is delighted to showcase her work in a special exhibition this summer.
Dr. Susan Fisher Sterling Director, National Museum of Women in the Arts
Susan’s art is representative of a long-standing tradition in American Art, which is to depict the American Sublime. Indeed, the goal she shares with nineteenth-century artists Albert Bierstadt, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Thomas Moran and the contemporary artist, Clyde Aspevig, is the desire to contemplate and to represent the divine beauty of the landscape as God’s gift to humanity-that we may treasure its absolute and incomparable beauty.
Charles Newhall Former Chairman of the Baltimore Museum of Art
Essence is the word that comes to mind with Susan Swartz’s paintings. Nature is not replicated, but associated with color, light and form. The textures created from her palette knife and brushstrokes are energetic pulse points reminding us that life is a shimmering process, mysterious and unpredictable.
Terry Tempest Williams Author, Refuge, An Unspoken Hunger and Finding Beauty in a Broken World
Susan’s paintings will be among those of the great painters of the Wasatch, from [Albert] Bierstadt and [Thomas] Moran to peers working today… Our thesis is that the Wasatch painters form a similar cohesion around their subject as the Hudson River School.
Thomas F. Rugh Executive Director of the Museum of Utah Art & History
It is fortunate when an artist can connect the beauty that surrounds us with an environmental imperative and a spiritual influence. Susan Swartz is an artist who can provoke such passion.
Dr. Vern Swanson Director of the Springville Museum of Arts
On rare occasion, museums have the opportunity to show works of art that demonstrate a talented artist’s passion and vision, and that also relate, in a relevant and meaningful way, to important issues of our time. The art of Susan Swartz fits that description.
David Dee Past Director at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts