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The news of artist, environmental activist, documentary film producer and philanthropist Susan Swartz.

ART, FILM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE UNITE DURING SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2020

cuadernosdefilosofia.comOver the past two decades, Susan Swartz’ work as an artist, philanthropist and documentary film producer has focused on changing the way people see the world around them. By shedding light on important issues such as the fragility of the natural world and social injustice, Susan hopes to shift thinking, inspire change and provide a message of hope.

cuadernosdefilosofia.comThe intersection of art and film is a natural connection for Susan. Susan is a founder of the documentary film organization , the Oscar and Emmy award winning production group renowned for igniting change through storytelling on pressing social issues. Investing with Impact Partners and directly, Susan has been involved with a long line of important environmental and social justice films.

Her decade-long battle with Lyme Disease and mercury poisoning transformed her as an artist and altered her life focus. These two environmentally-borne illnesses slowly paralyzed Susan until she was unable to hold a paint brush. Her struggle with Lyme Disease resulted in the pivotal, award-winning film Under Our Skin in 2008, which uncovers a natural world out of balance and a medical establishment that put profits before patients. As an Executive Producer of Mercury Rising, a companion short film to the Sundance hit and 2010 Academy Award-winning documentary, The Cove, that tracked the secret butchering of dolphins in a rural Japanese beach community, The Cove: Mercury Rising explores the dangers of mercury contamination as it affects society and the global environment.  Susan has also sought to recognize the achievement of other women artists through the film !Women Art Revolutioncuadernosdefilosofia.com in 2010, where she served as an Executive Producer. The film reveals how the feminist art movement fused free speech and politics into work that radically changed the art and culture of our time. It was selected by MoMA as one of the best documentaries of 2011. Susan has partnered on a number of campaigns and films with environmental crusaders such as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Louie Psihoyos and Dr. Jane Goodall, that seek to shed light on social and environmental injustice.

L-R: Environmental crusader Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Susan and Louie Psihoyos, Director of  The Cove .

L-R: Environmental crusader Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Susan and Louie Psihoyos, Director of The Cove.

During her recovery from chronic disease, Susan’s art changed as dramatically as her lifestyle and outlook. She left the comforts of realism for increasingly abstract painting, working from a place of impassioned reverence for the earth, and a fierce determination to inform and educate about nature’s fragility.

“While my illnesses wreaked tremendous havoc on body and spirit, they also shook me out of my comfort level as an artist,” she says. “The art I am now creating is more impassioned, more profound, more achingly full of desire than anything I have created in the past.”

In the midst of her illness, Susan spent an entire year completing  Serenade of Lilies  (Acrylic on linen, 72x72” 2006). The abstract approach reveals a departure from the familiar, as she fought for the strength to paint.

In the midst of her illness, Susan spent an entire year completing Serenade of Lilies cuadernosdefilosofia.com(Acrylic on linen, 72x72” 2006). The abstract approach reveals a departure from the familiar, as she fought for the strength to paint.

Susan serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and passionately supports its "Women, Art and Social Change"cuadernosdefilosofia.com initiative. By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today, the Museum directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus securing great women artists a place of honor in the history of art. Susan is a co-founder of charity-based which is now the largest center for social welfare and the largest food bank in the state of Utah. She became involved with the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) in 2005, when she was invited to become the School's artist-in-residence, exploring the intersection of spirituality and art. Her involvement continued over the years through service on the HDS Dean's Council. In 2012, Susan established the Susan Shallcross Swartz Endowment for Christian Studies which funds new professorships and supports fellowships and programming in the classroom and in the field around world religions.

Susan addressing the students and faculty at Harvard Divinity School.

cuadernosdefilosofia.comSusan addressing the students and faculty at Harvard Divinity School.

Artists seek universal truths and help to form a community that responds to these truths and not to rhetoric. Susan’s canvases of the natural world remind us how we are all connected, dependent on each other and responsible for the stewardship of the natural world. Susan’s art, film and philanthropy provides a message of hope and highlights our interdependence as citizens in a global community.

cuadernosdefilosofia.com"I’m often described as an environmental artist and that is an honor, but it is not a political stance for me. I seek to pay tribute to nature by painting the world as it is meant to be so that we are inspired to protect it and take care of it. I also have a dedication to support documentary filmmakers who are equally driven to tell their stories and share their message for the benefit of social change."

Susan is pleased to unite her interests in combining artistic expression with activism through the ART AND SOCIAL JUSTICE exhibition, on view at Susan Swartz Studios (260 Main Street, Park City) until February 2, 2020.

 

ABOUT SUSAN SWARTZ

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Susan Swartz has been recognized with solo exhibitions at the Museum in Beijing, China in 2018; the in Davis, California in 2018; the in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2017; the in Budapest, Hungary in 2016; the in Koblenz, Germany in 2015; the Kollegienkirche in Salzburg, Austria in 2014; the  in Washington, D.C in 2011; the  in Springville, Utah in 2010; and the  in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2008.

cuadernosdefilosofia.comHer works are in the permanent collections of the ; the ; the ; the  in Lausanne, Switzerland; and in Beijing, China. Her paintings are also on display inside the United States Embassies in New Zealand, Hungary, and Beijing via the program.

cuadernosdefilosofia.comIn 2005, Susan was published in the Gibbs Smith collectors book . She was the Official Olympic Environmental Artist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Susan paints from studios in Park City and Martha’s Vineyard.

Susan Swartz Dazzles Art Lovers at the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair

The popularity of art fairs has grown in the past decade.  These venues bring together galleries, artists, and collectors to learn about artists from around the world and to recognize and contemplate the importance of art in society.  Many fairs focus on certain themes and will often feature panels and conversations among leaders involved in all aspects of the art world.

Contemporary Istanbul is no exception.  Galleries, artists, media, and collectors flock to Istanbul for the 10th anniversary of this renowned art fair.  This year, the focus is on Contemporary Tehran and New Media, both of which are novel themes to this venue.  Much of the work is politically motivated, revealing aspects of diverse cultures and the tension between races, religions, progress, and new technologies.  However, not all of the exhibits portray this upheaval.    

cuadernosdefilosofia.comGalerie Edition Purrmann represents eight artists whose works are inspired by landscapes.  The use of different mediums contributes to an assortment of artwork, encompassing both two- and three-dimensional pieces, including heavily layered and textured paintings.  Regardless of the medium, these works always look to the theme of nature. 

Susan Swartz’s paintings, in particular Bhutan September and Contemplation in Square 2cuadernosdefilosofia.com, provide an oasis from the aesthetically bright and thematically heavy artwork present throughout the fair.  The soft colors and meditative disposition of Swartz’s paintings remind us of the escapism that art often provides.  We are transported to a place of serenity and spirituality.

Situated at the entrance of Galerie Edition Purrmann’s space, Swartz’s Eastern Energy connects the other art at the fair to that located within this specific booth.  The dominant red and yellow colors of Eastern Energy, reminiscent of Western narratives of the East, radiate a lively spirit and feeling of vitality.  It evokes rays of sunshine bouncing off surfaces on an electrifyingly hot day, not unlike the glistening of the gold and mosaics in the historical Turkish landscape. 

cuadernosdefilosofia.comStep into Galerie Edition Purrmann’s booth to be fully immersed in a world where the meaning of the artwork comes from the creative process.  Michael Kmoth, Ralph Fleck, Ben Kamli, Markus Lüpertz, and Andreas Lutherer – all artists exhibiting with Galerie Edition Purrmann – share a common ethos with Swartz.  Art is not just a hobby or means of expressing a motivated idea.  It is a passion, a necessary component of living.  For these artists, their medium of choice is a way of life. 

cuadernosdefilosofia.comContemporary Istanbul clearly establishes Susan Swartz on the international canvas.  Her paintings have a global identity that transcend cultures and nationalities and connect the human spirit to a universal experience -- that of the world of the imagination.


Susan Swartz and Jacki Zehner Host the Global Fund For Women in Park City

​Susan Swartz, a founder of the Christian Center of Park City (left) and Jacki Zehner (right), a Park City resident and CEO of Women Moving Millions, hosted a luncheon in Park City last week to highlight the philanthropic work being done by the Global Fund for Women. The keynote speaker was Musimbi Kanyoro (center), the fund's CEO.

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Belgravia Gallery in London to Exhibit Susan Swartz

Winter Chill
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cuadernosdefilosofia.comWith a busy summer of painting ahead of her, Susan is preparing for her autumn jaunt across the pond. From November 5th to 24th 2012, a collection of Susan’s recent paintings will be on display at in the heart of London’s art district, near Piccadilly. One of London’s most respected galleries, Belgravia has exhibited works from such notable artists as Picasso, Rembrandt, Warhol, Robert Indiana, Nelson Mandela, Paul Chizik and now … Susan!

The exhibition at Belgravia will include some of Susan’s newest — and most abstract — pieces to-date. “My relationship with the environment is more complex after my illnesses,” explains Susan. “My newest paintings reflect this complexity with a conceptual approach that demands viewers question their own relationships with the natural world.”

Find out more about the exhibition, and stay tuned for details about the London exhibition and special events happening in conjunction with it.

"My favorite piece of the night..." Susan Swartz at Naples International Art & Antiques Fair

"...was a painting by Susan Swartz, Autumn Blaze II" says Kristie Aronow of in her review of Thursday night's opening of the . “You feel the emotion, the heat, of the forest,” said another patron who also was  taken with the painting, “you can feel the oncoming winter and  the last hurrah of fall.” Susan is humbled by another fantastic reception in Florida this season!

Susan Swartz Greetings from Naples International Art & Antiques Fair

Autumn Blaze II
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If you stroll into the  this weekend, guess whose painting will be the first to welcome you? Susan's of course! Autumn Blaze IIcuadernosdefilosofia.com, a Swartz signature piece, graces the opening of the pavilion. 

Gallery Director Michael James is proud to bring Susan's work to the Florida Gulf Coast for a second year. As Yohana de la Torre, Chief Editor of wrote,

… Swartz's color constructions are mesmerizing. And the composition astounding.

Download the entire The Magical World of Suzan Swartz article, and please be our guests this weekend in Naples*:

  • Friday to Sunday, February 24 to 26, 11 am to 7 pm
  • Monday and Tuesday, February 27 and 28, 11am to 5 pm
  • Naples International Pavilion, 4835 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL 34110

* Complimentary tickets at "will call" under Michael James Fine Art.