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Rob Swainston

Assistant Professor of Art+Design

Rob Swainston, who was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, made his first relief print, “Hippopotamus,” at age five. The basic print on paper remains the core of his practice even as he mixes printmaking with installation, sculpture, painting, drawing, and video. His work reminds us that we are not just consumers of icons, but producers and observers of images.

Swainston is an alumnus of the Philadelphia art collective Vox Populi and a co-founder of and master printer at Prints of Darkness, a fine art collaborative printshop located in New York City since 2006. He has exhibited widely, with solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, Neuwerk Kunsthalle (Germany), Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Marginal Utility, Smack Mellon, David Krut Projects, BravinLee Programs, and Canada Gallery.

Swainston began teaching in the printmaking program at Purchase College during 2012–13 as a part-time lecturer and in 2013–14 as a visiting assistant professor. He has been a visiting artist/critic at numerous institutions, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, SUNY New Paltz, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University, College of St. Rose, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, California State University at Long Beach, Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University, and Columbia University.