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John August Swanson (1938-2021): Art on display in the Library

by Kristen Smith on 2021-09-29T14:32:43-05:00 | Comments

Embracing life and spirituality, John August Swanson (January 11,1938 - September 23,2021) was a Christian artist whose storytelling roots originate in heritage from his Mexican mother and Swedish father.  Recognizing his calling in social advocacy Swanson created art swathed in Christian biblical tales that cried for change. His art was done in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, and limited-edition serigraphs, lithographs, etchings, and other prints. Each piece advocates for social change, including but not limited to: farm workers’ rights, immigration rights, climate change. He painted the world through the lens of his Catholic faith, uniting people in that faith to do better as God’s servants. His works can be viewed in The Smithsonian Institution's National Museums of American History, American Art, and Air and Space; the print collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard University's Fogg Museum, the Tate Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. His painting, THE PROCESSION, is displayed in the Vatican Museums' Collection of Modern Religious Art. More information is available on his web site.

Copies of his works can even be viewed for a short time at the MARC here on campus immediately inside the front doors until Tuesday, October 5th.  The largest poster that is currently on display will find permanent residence in the Peace and Justice office of the ACC following the close of the exhibit in the MARC. If you would like to learn more about this influential artist the MARC has several books about him:

Other information can be found at .

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