Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art presents a lecture on his socially informed art practice by furniture master Johnny Swing on Friday, October 27, at 4 p.m. in the Chaplin Hall Gallery. A sample of Swing’s work will be on display in the gallery Oct. 18-27.
Sponsored by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, all lecture series events are free and open to the public.
Swing was born in Salisbury, Conn., remaining in New England for his adolescent and young adult years. In 1984, he received his Bachelors in Fine Arts from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine two years later. He furthered his education and professional identity when he earned his Class 1 Structural Steel Welding License in 1990. His early career years were spent in New York City’s Lower East Side making sculptures and furniture from reclaimed industrial materials; these have been displayed in various museums and institutions around the world. In 1995 Swing moved to Vermont where he runs both his workshop and farm.
Swing is celebrated as a distinguished member of the American Studio Furniture movement and is well known for his coin furniture. These elegant structures can be observed in the permanent collections worldwide, including the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, N.Y.; the Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire, England; and the Modernism Museum in Mount Dora, Fla. Museum exhibitions of his work include the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton; and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports cancer research, education, volunteerism, and other charitable endeavors.
Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England.