Bernice Ficek-Swenson                                         berniceficekswenson.com

                                                                        swensgold@gmail.com

Professional Position

Present – 17  Professor Emerita, Art Dept. University of Wisconsin – River  Falls, USA 

2017 – 92  Professor, Art Dept. University of Wisconsin – River  Falls, USA 

1990 – 1980  Co-Director, Land Mark Editions, Fine-art Printmaking Atelier, Minneapolis, MN

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

2023         Phipps Center for the Art, Hudson, WI  (Two-person)

2018         Stone Voices, No. 3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works, Beacon, NY  

2018         9th International Printmaking Biennial of Douro, Portugal  (Invitation of Curator, Nuno Canelas)

2018         Hudson Hospital Healing Arts Program, Hudson, WI  

2017         Stone Voices, Traffic Zone Gallery, Minneapolis, MN  

2017         3rd Global Print 2017, Douro, Portugal  (Invitation of Curator, Nuno Canelas)  

2014 El Fuego, Institute of Fine Arts, USBI, University of Veracruz, Xalapa, Mexico

2013 Aqua Vitae, 2012 Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant Exhibition and Presentation, Mpls Photo Center, MN  

2012 Fire & Water, Name  & Mary Schina, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL  (Two-person)

2011 FIRE!, IFP MN Center for Media Arts, Minneapolis, MN , Vance Gellert, Curator,  (Two-person)

2008 Camera Lucida, Galerie Domus, Universite’ Claude-Bernard, sponsored by Galerie Par-ci Par-la, Lyon, France  

2006 Of Fire and Stone, Gallery of Technohoros, Athens, Greece

Group Exhibitions

2022 Nature in Mind, Platteville, WI

2021 Re-Collection, Rountree Gallery, Platteville, WI (Traces soil & glass installation)

2020 Through Her Lens, The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

2020        Mapping the Anthropocene, Invitational portfolio of 12 artists, added to Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, GA

2020 & 2010     Foot in The Door, MAEP, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Mpls., MN

2019 Topographic Traces, Gordon Parks Gallery, Metro State University, St. Paul, MN  (3-person)

2019 Bibliographic In Nature, Cargill Gallery, Minneapolis Central Library, MN (Book arts exhibit)

2018 Phases of Matter, Evanston Art Center, IL & Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN  

2016 In Their Element:  Artists Inspired by Earth, Air, Water and Fire, O’Shaughnessy Gallery, St. Thomas Univ., St. Paul, MN

2015 Here Now There Then, Institute of Fine Arts, University of Veracruz, Xalapa, Mexico

2015 There’s No Escape, Where Nature & Intersect, Silverwood Park Gallery, St. Anthony, MN 

2014 Women & Print, A Contemporary View, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA  (catalog)

2014 Bridging the Gap, 2014 SGCI International Printmaking Conference, San Francisco, CA

2014 Of Memory, Bone & Myth, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN  

2014 45th Parallel, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI, invitational

2014 Perspectives, Photography Grant Recipient Exhibition, Minnesota State Arts Board, St. Paul, MN

2013 McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown State University Center for Contemporary Art, Ohio

2013-12 From Dark Into Light, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND, Laurel Reuter, Curator

2012 Women & Water, Concerning Water, Phipps Art Center, Hudson, WI

2012 Ontologies: 4 Visions, Athens Printmaking Festival, Eleftherias Park Art Center, Athens, Greece  (4-person)

2011 Constructed Realities, 5 person invitational photogravure, Grafikens Hus, Mariefred, Sweden  (5-person)

2004 & 02  Uncanny Visions, Contemporary Romantic Landscapes, Plains Art Center, Fargo, ND and the Phipps Art Center, Hudson, WI

1997-96 Earth, Water, Air and Fire, MAEP, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Mpls., MN

Grants & Awards

2021McKnight Minnesota Center for Book Arts Fellowship Finalist

2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, ($10000.00 Stone Voices artist book edition)

2012 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, ($9300.00 Aqua Vitae photogravure suite project)

2003 Polaroid Corporation Materials Grant, Cambridge, MA

1998 Polaroid Corporation Materials Grant, Cambridge, MA

  

Artist Residencies and Visiting Artist

2023 Village Press Print Studio, Magdalena, NM

2020 Brushcreek Artist Residency, WY (wait listed)

2018 Benton Projects: Artist-in-Residence, Benton, WI (1st artist-in-resident)

2017 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant panelist – photography

2018, 2016, 2014  Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN: Visiting artist lecture

2017 Institute of Fine Arts, University of Veracruz, Xalapa, Mexico:  Visiting Artist

2016 Starpointe Studio, Louisville, KY:  artist book collaboration 

2016 University of Kentucky – Lexington:  Visiting artist, photogravure history lecture

2014 Institute of Fine Arts, University of Veracruz, Mexico:  Artist-in-Residence, 1 month residency 

2014 Scripps College, Claremont, CA: Visiting artist workshop & lecture, Landscape, Memory & Metaphor 

2012 Hong Kong Institute of Education, China: Visiting Professor, 2 weeks workshop & Lectures

2010 Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada: Artist-in-Residence, 1 month photogravure residency

2007 Universite’ Claude-Bernard, Lyon, France: Visiting Artist lecture

2006 Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece:  Visiting artist lecture, “Contemporary Printmaking Trends in the US”

2005 Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece: Visiting artist, two-week workshop polymer photogravure workshop

2004 Anchor Graphics, Chicago, ILL:  Artist-in-Residence, two-week photogravure residency: Pyre suite

Publications

2018 9th International Printmaking Biennial,  Douro, Portugal, (catalog)

2017 Stone Voices, artist book – edition of 12, MN State Arts Board grant. Design collaboration with Starpointe Studio

2016 Black & White Photography Magazine:  Looking Back – Looking Forward, Alternative Photography issue

2014 Women & Print, A Contemporary View, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont,  CA  (catalog)

2011 FIRE!, IFP MN Center for Media Arts, Minneapolis, MN,  exhibition book, Vance Gellert Introduction

2011 Grafik Nytt, Swedish Graphic publication, article on Grafikens Hus, Classic Photogravure exhibition, repro of Promise of Water 

2010 THENOW catalog, New World / Old World Invitational, Katherine Nash Gallery, MN 

2008 North Dakota Museum of Art, Laurel Reuter

2005 The Polaroid Book, Polaroid International Collection, Cambridge, A, Taschen Pub., hard cover

2001 Photogravure, Photographs in Ink, exhibition catalog, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Mpls, MN

1997 The Best of Printmaking: An International Collection , Rockport Publisher’s , hard cover

Permanent Collection

 Alkek Library, Wittliff Collections, Texas State University – San Marco, TX

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece

Carleton College Library, Northfield, MN

Douro Museum Printmaking Biennial Collection, Portugal

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN

Hong Kong Institute of Education, China

Institute of Fine Arts, University of Veracruz, Mexico

Izote Editions, Xalapa, Mexico

Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library, University of KY-Lexington

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Minneapolis Central Library, James K. Hosmer Special Collections, MN

Minnesota Historical Society, Special Book Collection, St. Paul, MN

Museum of Contemporary Photography @ Columbia, Chicago, IL

Minneapolis Institute of Art Collection, MN

North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

Polaroid International Collection, Cambridge, MA

Scripps College, Claremont CA

Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, Brunswick, NJ

Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, GA

Rare Book Collection 

Alkek Library, Wittliff Collections, Texas State University – San Marco, TX

Carleton College Library, Artist Book Collection, Northfield, MN

Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College, Claremont CA

Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library, University of KY-Lexington

Minneapolis Central Library, James K. Hosmer Special Collections, MN

Minnesota Historical Society Library, Special Book Collection, St. Paul, MN

North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN