Emily Swanberg  is a Minneapolis, MN based sculptor whose work is influenced by the environments, histories, and materials inherent in architecture and design. In 2016, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Bethel University. She also received the Bethel University Edgren Scholars Award in 2015, allowing her to work with Professor Ken Steinbach on researching the behaviors, traits, and approaches mid-career artists use to develop and maintain long-term creative viability. Her work has been included in various  exhibitions, including  Anonymous Monuments, a two-person show with Jehra Patrick. Swanberg is currently an MFA Candidate at the University of Minnesota.


Education

  • MFA Candidate, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2019
  • BFA in Studio Art, Minor in Art History, Minor in Graphic Design, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN , 2016
  • BA in Psychology, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2016
     

Exhibitions

  • Where are you now?, Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI, 2017
  • Fresh Works, Quarter Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2017
  • A Mussel is to A House, Yeah Maybe, Minneapolis, MN, 2017
  • Constructed Realities, Silverwood Park Gallery, Saint Anthony, MN, 2017 (two person, Donny Gettinger)
  • Fragmented SpacesLarson Art Gallery, Saint Paul, MN, 2016 (two person, Sara Suppan)
  • Anonymous MonumentsNormandale Fine Arts Gallery, Bloomington, MN, 2016 (two person, Jehra Patrick)
  • Out of Context, Thorp Building, Minneapolis, MN, 2016
  • 6x6x2016, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY, 2016
  • Untitled 12SOO Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2016
  • Raspberry MondayJohnson Gallery, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2016 ;
    Juror:
    Jehra Patrick (Waiting Room, Minneapolis, MN)
  • Architectural Junkyard, Johnson Gallery, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2016 (two person, Heidi Kao) 
  • Out of Context, Johnson Gallery, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2016
  • SFTS Exhibition, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2015
  • Summer Exhibition, Bethel University Library, Saint Paul, MN, 2015
  • Raspberry MondayJohnson Gallery, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2015 ;
    Juror: Caroline Kent (The Bindery Projects, Saint Paul, MN)

     

Honors & Awards

  • Raspberry Monday Art Award, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2016
  • Edgren Scholars Award, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2015
    The Edgren Scholars program provides funding to faculty-student pairs looking to conduct research in their respective fields. Visual arts research conducted with Professor Kenneth Steinbach.
  • Guy Chase Graphic Design Award, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2015
     

Related Experience

  • Studio Intern, Alec Soth, Soth Studios, Saint Paul, MN, 2016
  • Gallery Assistant, Gallery Director Michelle Westmark Wingard, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2015 - 2016
  • Exhibition Installation Assistant
    • Lex Thompson, Photo Copy, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2016 
    • Jean Shin, Links, Olson Gallery, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2015
    • Kenneth Steinbach, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the International Monetary System, Form + Content Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2015
    • Alison Owen, Impermanent Collection, Johnson Gallery, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2015 
  • Graphic Design Teaching Assistant, Professor Jessica HendersonBethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2015 - 2016
  • Laser Cutting Teaching Assistant, Professor Kenneth SteinbachBethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2014 - 2016
  • Book Cover Designer, Triptych, April Schmidt, Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene, OR, 2015-2016
  • Coeval Magazine Art Editor, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2013
     

COLLECTIONS

  • Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN
  • Minneapolis Art Lending Library, Minneapolis, MN
     

PUBLICATIONS

  • Coeval Literary and Art MagazineBethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2015
  • "Links Installation Uses Bethel-sourced Materials," Bethel Magazine News, Monique Kleinhuizen, April 24, 2015
     

PRESENTATIONS

  • The Problem with CreativityEdgren Scholar Research Presentation, with Kenneth Steinbach, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2016
  • The Problem with CreativityAnoka-Hennepin School District Workshop, with Kenneth Steinbach, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2016
  • Art Between: Magic and Failure in Creative Collaborationwith April Schmidt, Kelsey Widmen, and Heidi Kao, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2016