Bio: Holly Swift

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Holly Swift’s work is found in both private and public collections includes Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Bemidji, Minnesota, Saint Paul Ramsey Women’s Clinic, and Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingrim Texas.  She has been a recipient the of National Park Artist in Residency at Voyageur National Park and Artist Residency at the Hill Country Foundation in Ingrim, Texas. 


A Native of Illinois Holly received her Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago.  She has 25 years of teaching experience in Drawing, Painting and Design.  She began her teaching career in Beaumont Texas at Lamar University, and Gallery Director at North Harris College in Houston.  She has taught for Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Hamline University in Minnesota. She has been a visiting artist at various schools in the community offering workshops in painting and drawing in the landscape and most recently at the Pepin Art and Design Center collaborating with Linda Gammell a photographer introducing the creative process through sketchbooks and visual journals.


Her recent exhibition of work at Winona University explores the contrasts and interconnection of rocks and water at two waterfall locations on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Through the process of committing long periods of time on location, Holly has developed a heighten sensitivity to the constant shifts of light revealing and dissolving form to capture the energy and transience of water movements.