Adam Swart knew at a young age that making art was not an option for him, it was a compulsion, a necessity. Having had a highly influential and inspirational art teacher in high school, Adam went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, concentrating in Painting and Printmaking, from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. In his senior year, Adam earned Honors, Departmental Honors, and Honors for the Senior Thesis Exhibition, as well as the Jesse Solomon Memorial Award, given to Skidmore College’s most outstanding painting student, as determined by faculty members of the Departments of Studio Art and Art History. He holds a Master’s degree in Art and Art Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, has professional curatorial experience, and is a published art historian, specializing in the traditional and contemporary arts of the Newar communities of the Kathmandu Valley.
Swart has taught art and art history to all grade levels and age ranges, from early childhood through undergraduate and beyond. He is currently serving as the Art Gallery Education Coordinator of Montclair State University’s George Segal Gallery. A Montclair resident, Adam Swart has exhibited in numerous national and international venues, alongside the likes of Robert Rauschenberg and Richard Serra, and his work is in private collections on four continents.
The work in this exhibition has been curated from four different series yet still maintains a sense of coherence and consistency throughout: Crimes and Celebrations, Kumari Lakshan, The Great Wagon Chronicles, and the newest work, Departures.