Swetcharnik, William

Untitled Study: Shell And Stone Series, 1986, Graphite and ink wash on paper, 28.5” x 37”

William Swetcharnik (b. 1951, Philadelphia)  An educator as well as an artist, Swetcharnik describes his work as using “the vocabulary of old master paintings to summon up images from centuries of art history and weave them into a complex architectonic fabric, concerned principally with the idea of time as filtered through Old and New World experience.” One of his pieces was selected by the Art in Embassies Program for the U.S. Ambassador’s house in Tegucigalpa. He is the creator of the Latin American Art Resource Project, which teaches art educators in Latin America to use inexpensive, indigenous art materials. He is the recipient of two Fulbright grants to Spain to study Romanesque altarpieces and one to Honduras. He also won an Arts America Lecturing fellowship to Belarus, and has been artist in residence at the Ragdale Foundation and Yaddo. Swetcharnik studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the University of California at San Diego. Artist's website: www.swetcharnik.com (Cintas in arts, 1985-86)

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