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Linda Swanson, MFA, BFA

Associate Professor, Ceramics, Studio Arts

On sabbatical through July 2021


Linda Swanson is an artist whose interests are grounded in the metamorphic nature of ceramic materials and processes. Her work engages the enigmatic properties of matter at an elemental level and the capacity of wonder to question how and what we know. Her raw and kiln fired ceramic works have been exhibited in the United States, Canada and Europe with recent exhibitions at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, the Musée National de Sèvres in France, Galateea Contemporary Art in Bucharest, Galerie Maria Lund in Paris, the DePaul Museum in Chicago and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Her research has been supported with grants from the FRQSC, the Canada Council and CALQ. Current projects center on the sustainable and innovative development of local applications uses and the invention of new ceramic materials in the fault zone between clay and glaze.


BFA           California State University, 2002
MFA           New York College of Ceramics, Alfred University, 2005

Areas of expertise

Ceramics, installation, casting

Research interests

Materiality, temporality

Templum of a Precious Thing of No Value, A Shapeless Thing of Many Shapes, Gardiner Museum, 2020
Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid
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