CV

EDUCATION

2005
University of California San Diego, Master of Fine Arts, Computing in the Arts
2002
University of Colorado at Boulder, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Summa Cum Laude

SELECTED SOLO/TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017
Marginalia, Dairy Center for the Arts / Boulder, CO
Sticks and Stones, David B. Smith Gallery / Denver, CO

2016
Corruption, Media Live Festival University of Colorado Boulder Art Museum / Boulder, CO two-person exhibition with Steven Frost, curated by Maya Livio

2015
Polysemic MOA: Museum of Outdoor Arts / Englewood, CO
A.K.A. David B. Smith Gallery / Denver, CO

2014
XYZ, David B. Smith Gallery / Denver, CO
Joel Swanson: Left to Right, Top to Bottom, Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver, CO curated by Nora Burnett Abrams

2013
Joel Swanson: Work Inspired by the Media Archaeology Lab, Counterpath / Denver, CO

2011
Formalisms,  RedLine / Denver, CO

2008
Binarisms, ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado Boulder / Boulder, CO

2004
Confessions: A Fictional Overhaul of Saint Augustine, Marcuse Gallery/ San Diego, CA
HyperX at ALTX.com / www.altx.com/hyperx curated by Mark Amerika

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Between Us in conjunction with Happy Cities Denver / Denver, CO curated by Cortney Lane Stell
SixtyDoors, Real Life: An Installation, Omnidawn Press / online and print curated by Julie Carr
Dimensions Variable, Lakewood Cultural Center / Lakewood, CO curated by Laine Godsey
MediaLive, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art / Boulder, CO with Liat Berdugo, Hyphen Labs, and Pinar Yoldas curated by Maya Livio
21st Century Cyphers, 516 Arts / Albuquerque, NM with Nina Katchadourian, John Phillip Abbott, and Hayal Pozanti curated by Claude Smith
Conjugation of Being, public art commission in conjunction with Redline 10X / Denver, CO curated by Cortney Stell
Banff Independent Artist Residency Open Studios Exhibition / Banff, Canada
Paintings, Sculpture and Snapshots: Works for the Permanent Collection, Museum of Outdoor Arts / Englewood, CO

2017
Faculty Art Exhibition, University of Colorado Boulder Art Museum / Boulder, CO curated by Sandra Q. Firmin and Hope Saska
Denial as the Leading Principle, Film Festival, screening of The End. Dordrecht, Netherlands
Cabinet, David B. Smith Gallery / Denver, CO curated by Adam Milner
Personal Structures, official satellite show of the 57th Venice Biennale /  Venice, Italy curated by Cortney Stell

2016
Ideas 16, International Digital Media Arts Association juried exhibition / Winona, MN, curated by Christiane Paul and Dene Grigar
Writ Large University of California, Santa Cruz / Santa Cruz, CA
101 Mediapoetry Festival / St. Petersburg, Russia
Art of the Maker CultureHaus and the Denver Art Museum / Denver, CO
Love is Love, Emmanuel Gallery / Denver, CO, curated by Jacquelyn Connolly
A Few Final Words selected works from the Mark & Polly Addison Collection / Boulder, CO, curated by Mark Addison

2015
DecoSlut, Gildar Gallery / Denver, CO

2014
More than Friends, Ironton Studios / Denver, CO
Culture Catalyst, McNichols Building / Denver CO curated by Jacquelyn Connolly
Miami Projects, satellite art fair of Art Basel / Miami, FL
Text, DAVA: Downtown Aurora Visual Arts / Aurora, CO
Recognizable Disguises, Firehouse Gallery / Longmont, CO curated by Jessica Kooiman Parker
Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, The Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI with Glenn Ligon, Fiona Banner, Jen Bervin, Erica Baum, Kenneth Goldsmith, Marcel Broodthaers and others curated by Nora Burnett Abrams and Andrea Andersson

2013
Digital Graffiti  Alys Beach / Pensacola, FL curated by Brett Phares
Ice Breaker 4, Ice Cube Gallery / Denver, CO
Not Exactly, RedLine / Denver, CO
Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, The Power Plant / Toronto Canada with Glenn Ligon, Fiona Banner, Jen Bervin, Erica Baum, Kenneth Goldsmith, Marcel Broodthaers and others curated by Nora Burnett Abrams and Andrea Andersson
B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Beamer) / Denver, CO

2012
One Square Foot Redline Contemporary Art Center / Denver, CO
Material Engagements, RedLine Contemporary Art Center / Denver, CO curated by Harmony Hammond
Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver, CO with Glenn Ligon, Fiona Banner, Jen Bervin, Erica Baum, Kenneth Goldsmith, Marcel Broodthaers and others curated by Nora Burnett Abrams and Andrea Andersson
Blacktop Art Festival / Denver, CO
Optic Nerve, Museum of Contemporary Art / North Miami FL
Digital Graffiti Alys Beach / Pensacola, FL curated by Brett Phares
Museum of Glitch Aesthetics: glitchmuseum.com / Abandon Normal Devices Festival, collaboration with Mark Amerika, Rick Silva, and others / Manchester, UK
Urban Encounters: SightLine / Denver, CO
Interlife Crisis, Fictilis Gallery / Seattle WA
Terminal Net.Art Austin Peay University / Clarksville, TN

2011
Au: Exchange, RedLine Contemporary Art Center / Denver, CO curated by Cortney Lane Stell
Design for the Other 90% / Denver, CO
Frame of Mind / Denver, CO
B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Beamer) /  Denver, CO

2010
Informal Show, RedLine Contemporary Art Center / Denver, CO
Cross Ties Across Time / RedLine Contemporary Art Center / Denver, CO

2009
Binarisms, Digital Arts and Culture Conference, Electronic Literature Gallery / Irvine CA
The Last Book, Multimedia Book Performance, Schindler House / Los Angeles, CA

2008
The 86 Collective, Beta Nightclub / Denver, CO
Ruckus, Repeat, Ruckus: Visual Noise, The Lab / Belmar, CO

2007
The Last Book, Multimedia Book Project, MAK Center / Los Angeles, CA with Steve Fagin, Mary Gaitskill, Leslie Thorton, Davina Semo, and others
LA Freewaves / Los Angeles, CA
Synesthesia, Empyre.com
Confessions, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art / Orange County, CA

2005
Supersonic, L.A. Design Center / Los Angeles, CA
Now Happening, University Gallery / San Diego, CA

2004
FILE, Electronic Language International Festival / Sao Paulo, Brazil
Digital N@arrative, UCLA Hammer Museum / Los Angeles, CA curated by Jessica Pressman

2003
AIM (Art in Motion), Susquehanna Art Museum / Harrisburg, PA
9th Floor, Graduate Relocation Project / Los Angeles, CA
Life By Design Conference Exhibition, University of California Irvine / Irvine, CA
Emerging Artists Digital Art Show, The Dairy Center / Boulder, CO curated by Polly Addison

2002
AIM (Art in Motion Festival) / University of Southern California / Los Angeles, CA
Full Frontal, University of Colorado Boulder Art Museum / Boulder, CO
Korean Web Art Festival, collaboration with Mark Amerika /  Seoul, Korea


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2015–current Assistant Professor, ATLAS Institute and Herbst Program for the Humanities, University of Colorado Boulder
2008–2016 Faculty Director, Technology, Arts, & Media Program, University of Colorado Boulder
2012–2015 Senior Instructor, ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado Boulde
2005-2012 Instructor, ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado Boulde
2002-2005 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of California San Diego


COMMISSIONED PROJECTS

2018
ME/WE, commission for Quarterly Forum, Denver, CO
Standardized Car Scents, commission
Y/OURS, public art commission by the Downtown Denver Partnership / Denver, CO
Codependent Algorithms, commission for MediaLive / Boulder, CO
Conjugation of Being public art commission for Redline 10X / Denver, CO

2017
DRINK, DRANK, DRUNK, commission for the The Elizabeth Hotel / Fort Collins, CO
T/HERE, public art commissions, Porte Cochère Installation, Born Hotel / Denver, CO curated by Adam Lerner
27 piece artwork commission for the Born Hotel / Denver, CO curated by Adam Lerner
RIGHT/WRITE/RITE, commission for law firm HuschBlackwell

2016
Ligature, commission for Twitter / Boulder, CO
Sincerely, public art commission, Halcyon Hotel / Cherry Creek, CO

2012
Terminal Net.Art commission From Here
Urban Encounter: Sightline, video art commission / Denver, CO

AWARDS, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND RESIDENCIES

2018
Banff Independent Artist Residency / Banff, Canada

2017
Black Cube Fellowship blackcube.art/fellow/joel-swanson
Center for Arts and Humanities Grant for Personal Structures exhibition / Venice, Italy
Colorado Creative Industries Grant for Personal Structures exhibition / Venice, Italy

2015
Nominated for Louis Tiffany Comfort Award: louiscomforttiffanyfoundation.org / New York, NY
Museum of Outdoor Arts Grant / Englewood, CO

2014
Best of Westword Award: “Best Show Combining Thinking and Seeing” Left to Right, Top to Bottom,” curated by Nora Burnett Abrams / Denver, CO

2013
Media Archeology Lab Artist in Residence / University of Colorado Boulder / Boulder, CO
Best of Westword Award: “Best Member Art Show” Material Engagements, curated by Harmony Hammond / Denver, CO
Center for Arts and Humanities Grant for project, Logic Only Works in Two Dimensions
Nominated for Yes Ma’am Colorado Artist Grant  yesmaamprojects.com / Denver, CO
Invited Juror, Digital Graffiti / Alys Beach, FL
Digital Graffiti Artist Residency / Alys Beach, FL

2012
“Most Experimental” award winner at Digital Graffiti / Pensacola, FL

2011
Digital Humanities Research Seminar / University of Colorado Boulder
Research Award for invited seminar participation, Center for Arts and Humanities Grant for project Sol Lewitt’s Statements on Conceptual Art, Diagrammed
Terminal Award / award for Internet Project, From Here

2010
RedLine Artist Residency, 2010–2012 / Denver, CO

2009
Visual Science: Technology, Aesthetics, Investigation / University of Colorado Boulder, Research Award for invited seminar participation

2006
ATLAS Leadership Award, ATLAS Institute / University of Colorado Boulder

2004
Humanities Grant / University of California San Diego
Graduate Research Grant / University of California San Diego

2003
Graduate Fellowship / University of California San Diego
Graduate Teaching Assistantship / University of California San Diego

2002
Summa Cum Laude Honors Thesis in Digital Art / University of Colorado Boulder
Dean’s List / University of Colorado Boulder

2001
Undergraduate Research Grant / University of Colorado Boulder
Addison New Media Scholarship / University of Colorado Boulder

INVITED LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS

2018
Invited Artist Lecture, “Marginalia,” Dairy Center for the Arts / Boulder, CO
Invited Artist Lecture, Banff Centre / Banff, Alberta Canada
Invited Lecture, “MALFunction” / Boulder, CO

2017
Invited Artist Lecture, University of San Francisco / San Francisco, CA
Invited Artist Lecture, BlackCube / Denver, CO
Artist Lecture, “On Exhibiting in Venice” with Laura Shill, David B. Smith Gallery / Denver, CO
Artist Lecture for the opening of “Sticks & Stones” at David B. Smith Gallery / Denver, CO

2016

Invited Artist Lecture, Denver Creative Technology Meetup/ Denver, CO
Invited Artist Talk, “Polysemic,” Museum of Outdoor Arts https://vimeo.com/155230552 / Englewood, CO

2015
Invited Artist Lecture, Virginia Tech / Blacksburg VA
Invited Artist Lecture, Literature and the Arts Festival / Boulder, CO
Invited Artist Lecture, University of Nevada Reno / Reno NV

2014
“Swiss Typography,” Best of Mixed Taste Lecture Series, in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver / Denver, Colorado
Invited Artist Lecture, Brakhage Center / Boulder, CO
Invited Artist Lecture, Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver, CO

2013
Invited Panelist, “Integrating and Addressing Accessibility and Universal Design in Course Content” COLTT Conference / Boulder, CO
Invited Roundtable Participant, &Now Roundtable, Media Archeology Lab / Boulder, CO
Invited Lecture, “The Technology, Arts & Media Program: A Programmatic Response to the Need for Digital Humanities,”  DH+CU: Symposium on Future Directions / Boulder, CO
Invited Lecture, “Information Design for the Sciences: Pitfalls, Solutions and Best Practices”  with Michael Skaug,  COLTT Conference 2013 / Boulder, CO
Invited Artist Lecture, CounterPath / Denver, CO

2012
Invited Lecture, “Findings,” Illiterate Gallery / Denver, CO

2011
Invited Lecture, “Intellectual Property and Code” ISEA: International Symposium on Electronic Art / Istanbul, Turkey
Invited Panel Participant, “Project Exposure: Art + Design Discussion Series” / Denver, Colorado

2010
Invited Panel Participant, “Fantasy Scholarship, or World Enough and Time” COLTT Conference 2010 / Boulder, CO

2008
Invited Lecture “Effective Visual Communication” COLTT Conference 2008, / Boulder, CO

2007
Invited Lecture, “Swiss Typography” Mixed Taste Lecture Series, The Lab / Belmar, Colorado

COLLECTIONS

Mark and Polly Addison Collection / Boulder, CO
University of Colorado Boulder Art Museum / Boulder, CO
Museum of Outdoor Arts / Englewood, CO


GALLERY REPRESENTATION

David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO




BIOGRAPHY

Born in Chicago, Illinois, 1978
lives and works in Denver and Boulder, Colorado

Joel Swanson is an artist and writer who explores the relationship between language and technology. His work playfully subverts the technologies, materials, and underlying structures of language to reveal its idiosyncrasies and inconsistencies. His work ranges from interactive installations to public sculptures that playfully and powerfully question words and their meanings.

Swanson teaches courses on typography, creative coding, and media theory at the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his Masters of Fine Art at the University of California, San Diego with a focus in Computing and the Arts. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Broad Museum in Lansing, The Power Plant in Toronto, and the North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2014 Swanson had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Most recently he showed work in Personal Structures, an official satellite show of the 57th Venice Biennale. He is represented by David B. Smith Gallery in Denver.