Brett Swenson


(2020) MFA University of Chicago

2010 BFA Rhode Island School of Design


Solo Exhibitions

2014 Potential Difference, Agnes Varis Art Center, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY


Group Exhibitions

2019 Erosioni, curated by Ilaria Speri and Massimo Torrigiani, Fundacio Enric Miralles, Barcelona, ES

Borderline Tests, curated by Harry Choi and Yiting Li, 2439 S. Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL

2018 Future Tense, curated by George William Price, University Club of Chicago, IL

Lightning Whelk, curated by Tess Thackara and Yulia Topchiy, Castle Rockaway, Queens, NY

2017 Chaos/Control, curated by MW Projects, 218 West 57th Street, NY

Extreme States of Impossibility, curated by Francesca Girelli and Heba Amin, Ramdom, Gagliano Del Capo, IT

Capri by Night, curated by Lyoudmila Milanova, Schauspiel Köln at Offenbachplatz, DE

Push/Strike/Resist, curated by MW Projects, Equity Gallery, NY

Group Show: Friends of MA, Morris Adjmi Architects, NY

Dead Horse Bay, curated by Allison Meier, Agnes Varis Art Center, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY

2016 50 Years of RISD Glass: Material, Providence Art and Design Film Festival, RI

Paracosm, curated by Suzanne Peck and Erin O’Connor, Norte Maar, Brooklyn, NY

Post-Glass Video Festival, curated by Yukanjali, SIKKA Art Fair Dubai, UAE

Cavo Fest: Archeological Concert, Trani, ITA

2015 Perched in the Eye of a Tornado, curated by Han Li and Yuan Fuca, Ying Space, Beijing, CHN

Art + Science, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

Art of the Fellowship, Wheaton Arts, Millville, NJ

2014 Yearbook 2014, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY

A Personal Thing, curated by David Willis, 184 Project Space, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Come Together: Surviving Sandy, curated by Phong Bui, Industry City, Brooklyn, NY 

2012 Body And Material, curated by Alexandra Ben-Abba, Greenpoint Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Fractured, performance at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

{Superposition}, curated by Hyperopia Projects, Seattle, WA

The Post-Glass Video Festival, curated by Yukanjali, Sydney College of Art, AUS

Art Here Art Now, University of Chicago/HyPa, Chicago, IL

2010 The Post-Glass Video Festival, curated by Yukanjali, Heller Gallery, New York, NY

Senior Invitational, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI

Limits Complete, Gallery GB4, Providence, RI

2009 A Thin Veneer, Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI


Residencies, Fellowships, Awards

2017 Jane Phillips Award International Residency, Mission Gallery, Wales

2016 Residency Unlimited Artist in Residence Program, Brooklyn, NY

NEA ArtWorks and Dedalus Foundation Institutional Initiatives Grant (Residency Unlimited)

Urban Glass Artist in Residence, Brooklyn, NY

2015 Investigation on the Extreme Land: DEFAULT 15, RAMDOM Association, Gagliano Del Capo, IT

Emerging Artist Grant Nominee, Rema Hort Mann Foundation

2014 Pioneer Works Artist in Residence, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Wheaton Arts CGCA Fellowship, Millville, NJ

Mark Peiser Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts, NC

2010 Education Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts, NC

Award of Excellence, Rhode Island School of Design Glass Department


Lectures and Symposia

2017 Visiting Artist, UWTSD Swansea College of Art, Wales

Studio Residency Artist Talk, Urban Glass

2016 Visiting Artist, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Visiting Artist, Montclair State University, NJ

Where the Land Ends: In conversation with Curator Paolo Mele, Residency Unlimited, NY

2011 Visiting Artist, Ohio State University Department of Art, Columbus, OH

2010 Visiting Artist, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA


2018 RISD + Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF) Program

2017 Critic, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2016 Slumbering in Stone, workshop at Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY

Abrasion, workshop at Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY 

Press, Publication

2019 Sino alla Fine del Mare: Investigation on the Extreme Lands, edited by Paolo Mele, Annapaola Presta, Claudio Zecchi, published by Viaindustriae, Foligno, 2019

2017 Wonder: 50 Years of RISD Glass, Edited by Rachel Berwick, Denise Markonish, and Jocelyne Prince, published by Rhode Island School of Design, 2017

Success! Black Cat Journal Presents… featured at BABZ Fair ’17, Knockdown Center

Juror’s Choice, New Glass Review issue 38, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

Remnants of NYC Landfill Explored in ‘Dead Horse Bay: The Glass Graveyard of Brooklyn’ Exhibit,

2016 Studio Visit with critic and curator David Willis,

Black Cat Journal Studio Visit with Sarah Chacich,

Exhibition catalog for Paracosm, Norte Maar, Brooklyn, NY

2015 Exhibition catalog for Perched in the Eye of a Tornado, Ying Space, Beijing CHN

“Imperfectionists,” Glass Quarterly spring issue #138, Urban Glass Publishing, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Interview with Clocktower Radio,

“MTV RE:DEFINE”  Studio Visit with Brett Swenson

“Come Together” Surviving Sandy, Year 1 Catalog, Skira Editore, Milano Publishing

2012 “Artist as Catalyst,” Robyn Rice Essays: Brett Swenson,

2011 Exhibition catalog for {Superposition}, Hyperopia Projects Publishing