JONATHAN SWANZ

b. November 29, 1978


Jonathan has been crafting art for 18 years developing facility in a variety of media with a focused refinement in the glass techniques of blowing, casting, carving, and sculpting. He has worked with exceptional artists across Europe and the US, including Paris, Venice, Copenhagen, New York, Seattle, and Chicago. He has completed extensive commercial and residential architectural commissions in Cincinnati, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Louisville, KY, Honoulu, HI and New York, NY, and has pieces in the permanent collections of 21C Museum and Hilliard Lyons of Louisville, KY, the Headley Whitney Museum of Lexington, KY, The Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children and Park Lane of Honolulu, and PNC Bank of New York, NY. He currently is a part-time faculty member at the University of Hawaii, Manoa where he is exploring parallels in the energetic and social nature of materials and humans by investigating state change and energy transfer through the manipulation of molten glass, digital media, performance, and architectural installations. 



EDUCATION

  • MFA, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI  2013
  • B.A in studio art w/ a concentration in glass and ceramics: Centre College, Danville, KY  2001
  • B.A. in philosophy w/ a concentration in Eastern & Continental Philosophy: Centre College, Danville, KY  2001

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2016 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, t.a. for Tobias Mohl
  • 2013-current University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI:
  • 2012 -13 Honolulu Museum of Art School, instructor Young Artists Program, ceramics
  • 2010-11 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa: t.a. for ART 130: Introduction to Glass
  • 2009 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME: t.a. for Tobias Mohl
  • 2006 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, t.a. for Monica Guggisberg
  • 2004- studio artist, Louisville, KY: specializing in decorative and architectural glass
  • 2003-04 Baldwin/Guggisberg Studio, Paris, France: studio assistant: hot and cold shop
  • 2002-03 Vitramax Grouping, Inc., Louisville, KY: designer, architectural glass
  • 2002 Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY: t.a. for CER 200/500, Special Topics- Glass
  • 1999-01 Leon Applebaum, Glass Artist, Prattsburg, NY: studio assistant: hot & cold shop
  • 1997-99 Stephen Powell, Glass Artist/College Prof., Danville, KY: hot shop assistant

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

SOLO


2014

  • Tropical Abstract, Gucci. Honolulu, HI
  • Vibrant Matter. Lane Community College, Eugene, OR
  • Right of Passage. Lane Community College, Eugene, OR

2013

  • PULSE. Commons Gallery, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

2012

  • Neither Created Nor Destroyed. Fendi, Honolulu, HI

2010

  • J.Swanz @ Lott Blu. Glassworks, Louisville, KY

2007

  • Unfolding. Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY

2004

  • Paris Pollination. Seed Gallery, New Albany, IN

GROUP


2015

  • Hawaii 5, Tambaran Gallery. New York, NY
  • Abstract Catalyst, Verum Ultimum. Portland, OR
  • Expatriates, Manifest Drawing and Art Research Center. Cincinnati, OH
  • Gallery HNL Inaugural Exhibition. Honolulu, HI

2013

  • Hawaii Craftsmen Annual. Linekona Gallery at Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI
  • JCC Commitment to Excellence. Linekona Gallery at Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI

2011

  • JCC Commitment to Excellence. Linekona Gallery at Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI
  • 83rd Honolulu Printmakers. Linekona Gallery, Honolulu Museum of Arts, Honolulu, HI

2006

  • Spotlight 2006: ACC southeast regional. KY Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY

AWARDS


  • 2013 John Young Scholarship in the Arts, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • 2011 Partnership Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • 2006 Merit Scholarship, The Studio at CMOG, Corning, NY
  • 2004 Glassworks Fellowship, Glassworks, Louisville, KY
  • 2002 Early Times Grant, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS


  • 21 C, Louisville, KY
  • PNC Bank, NYC, NY
  • The Collection, Honolulu, HI
  • List Sotheby, Honolulu, HI
  • Headly-Whitney Museum, Lexington, KY
  • Jewish Hospital, Louisville, KY
  • Hilliard Lyons, Louisville, KY