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matthew swarts

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plainfield, nj

Birth year

Lives in
somerville, ma

Works in
new york, ny


Princeton University, 1992, AB
Massachusetts College of Art, 1997, MFA

exhibition/performance, conceptual, figurative, graffiti/street-art, abstract, digital, photography, traditional, performance, video-art, realism, installation, arts-education mixed-media, collective, publication, government, non-profit, FOUNDATION, gallery



91 Yorktown Street, Somerville,MA 02144


Ramapo College of New Jersey Assistant Professor of Photography/Digital Media
Mahwah, New Jersey
Fall 2005-present
Bowdoin College Visiting Assistant Professor of Visual Art
Brunswick, Maine
Fall 2002-Spring 2004
Amherst College Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Amherst, Massachusetts
Fall 1998-Spring 2001
University of Massachusetts at Boston Instructor
Boston, Massachusetts
Spring 1998
The University of Connecticut Instructor
Storrs, Connecticut
Spring 1998
Middlesex College Instructor
Bedford, Massachusetts
Spring 1998
Massachusetts College of Art Instructor
Boston, Massachusetts
Fall 1996-Spring 1997

March 2009 The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University


March 2008 Kresge Gallery, Ramapo College of New Jersey

2008 School of Contemporary Arts Faculty Exhibition

February 2008 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park

"Photographs of Children from the DeCordova Permanent Collection"

January 2007 Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery
"Digital Transitions: Selections from the LightWork Permanent Collection"

May 2006

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
2006 DeCordova Annual Exhibition
February 2006 Light Work, Syracuse New York
"Digital Transitions: Selections from the LightWork Permanent Collection"
September 2005 Pascal Gallery, Ramapo College of New Jersey
"Two New: Matthew Swarts and Irina Nakhova "

January 2005

Museum of New Art (MONA), Detroit
"Third Annual Film and Video Festival"

June 2004

Syracuse University
"LightWork Artist’s Residency Program"
Fall 2002 The Boston Academy of Fine Arts
"Ten Boston Photographers"
Spring 2002 The Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park
"The Decordova Collects: Recent Acquisitions"
Fall 2001 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
"Recent Acquisitions in Photography"
Fall 2001 The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
"Alone: Images of Isolation"
Summer 2001 The Art Museum, Princeton University
"The Peter C. Bunnell Collection"
Spring 2001

The Friends of Photography, San Francisco
"Matthew Swarts/Mystery School"

The Ruttenberg Arts Foundation Award

Fall 2000 Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University
"Precedence: Emmet Gowin and His Students (travelling)"
Fall 2000 Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
"ArtCetera 2000"
Spring 2000 Atrium Gallery, University of Connecticut, Stoors
"Matthew Swarts: Mystery School"
September 1999 Film and Video Studies Gallery, Hampshire College
"Seventeen Artists"
April 1999 Gallery at 185 Nassau Street, Princeton University
"Matthew Swarts: Photographs"
November 1998 Film and Video Studies Gallery, Hampshire College
"Matthew Swart:s Children and Cancer"
October 1998 Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College
"Matthew Swarts and Karin Stack: Recent Work"
September 1998 Carpenter Center for the Arts, Harvard University
"Matthew Swarts: Children and Cancer"
August 1998 Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA
"Nothing So Mysterious as A Fact"
February 1998 Children’s Hospital-Boston/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
"Children of the Dana Farber"
May 1997 Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art
"Matthew Swarts: Children and Cancer"

The Friends of Photography, San Francisco
The Ruttenberg Arts Foundation, Chicago
The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
The Boston Public Library
LightWork, Syracuse, New York
The Art Museum, Princeton University
The Museum of New Art (MONA), Detroit
The Polaroid Collection
The Massachusetts College of Art Collection
The Collection of James Fitts
The Collection of Gus and Arlette Kayafas
The Collection of Jeffrey Keough
and other private collections


The 2006 DeCordova Annual Exhibition (catalog)
Contact Sheet #132: The Light Work Annaul 2005
SBR Summer Stipend 2006 Trustees of Ramapo College

Syracuse, New York: Artist-in-Residency Program, Spring 2004
Matthew Swarts Untitled, Self-Published Artist’s Book, 2004
Trustees of Bowdoin College Faculty Research Grant (2004)
J. William Fulbright Scholar Grant (Costa Rica) 2001-2002
Ruttenberg Arts Foundation Award, Friends of Photography, San Francisco 2000
The New York Times Magazine, “What They Were Thinking” (September 10, 2000)
DoubleTake (Spring 1998)
Fotophile, 34, (Winter 2000), 39 (Spring 2001)
Afterimage, May 2001 (review)
Children and Cancer (self-published artist’s book) 1999
Mystery School (self-published artist’s book) 1999
Trustees of Amherst College Faculty Research Grant (1998, 1999)
Trustees of Amherst College Faculty Travel Grant (1998, 1999)
The Polaroid Corporation Artist Support Grant (1999)
Camphill Foundation Grant (1999, 2000)
Inside the Institute (a Dana-Farber publication) June 1997
DeCamp Fellowship for Bioethics, Princeton University, 1991


Lecture and Workshop: “Deliberate Realities: Truth in Contemporary Photography” Centro Diseno/Cine/Television, Mexico City, Mexico, TBA
Artist Lecture and Presentation: Syracuse University, March 2006
Featured Presentation: “Matthew Swarts: Mystery School,” Society for Photographic Education 2001 National Conference, Savannah, Georgia
Columbia College Chicago: Visiting Artist Lecture, Spring 2001
Ithaca College Spring Lecture Series: April 2000
New York University,Visiting Artist Lecture, Spring 2000
University of Connecticut, Visiting Artist Lecture, Spring 2000
The George Eastman House, Artist Lecture (SPE Conference), November 1999
Harvard University, Visiting Artist Honorarium, April 1998
Hampshire College, Visiting Artist Lecture, November 1998
Rhode Island College, Visiting Artist Lecture, November 1997


Princeton University, A.B. with honors, Department of Philosophy, 1992
Massachusetts College of Art, Master of Fine Arts, Photography, 1997
Bryn Mawr College, Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, 1994

Emmet Gowin Professor of Photography, Princeton University
Abelardo Morell Professor of Photography, Massachusetts College of Art
Samuel Morse Chair, Department of Fine Arts, Amherst College
CD/DVD/Slides and additional references available upon request.


Recent Exhibits

matthew swarts participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2015 Beth and the Alternatives
Kopeikin Gallery
Aug, 2009 LACDA 2009 "DigitalArt.LA" Juried Competition
LACDA - Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
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