Loren Schwerd at Heriard Cimino Gallery

December 4 - 27, 2010

440 Julia Street
Tue – Sat 10-5

Heriard-Cimino Gallery is devoting its project room to Prospect.1.5 from November to January, and each month will feature the work of a single artist who ties her or his work to south Louisiana culture. In the Month of December, Loren Schwerd is the featured artist.

Artist Statement

My artistic practice includes site related installations, wearable art, video and sculpture. At first glance these bodies of work may seem disparate; however, they are inspired and shaped by a shared impulse to transform familiar forms into metaphorical constructions and paradoxical observations. I investigate the multiple associations that are present in a material, site, image, or gesture, seeking to identify and enhance points of connection and tension between these suggestions. I favor found materials that contribute their function, cultural value, and a trace of their mysterious personal history to my design.

All of my projects demonstrate a dedication to craft. I employ basic methods of connection such as tying, weaving, and stitching, imbuing my work with a feminine sensibility, and whose meticulous labor evokes a sense of time, memory, and obsession. Permeating all of my creative endeavors is a slightly dark humor and a fascination with awkward beauty.



1996-99 Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.http://vpa.syr.edu/art-design

1989-93 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.http://tulane.edu/liberal-arts/art/

 1992 University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program, Cortona, Italy.http://art.uga.edu/cortona/

 Selected Exhibitions:

2010 Mourning Portrait, The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Solo Exhibition,

Inter-institutional Center of the University of North Carolina, UNCA Kellog Center,

Hendersonville, NC. http://www2.unca.edu/craftcampus/

Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Solo Exhibition, Richmond, VA. http://visarts.org/

Postcards to the CAC, Invitational Exhibition, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA.http://www.cacno.org/visualarts/exhibitions.html

 Acadian Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA. http://acadianacenterforthearts.org/

 2009 Brenau University, Art gallery, Gainesville, NC.http://www2009.brenau.edu/index.cfm?objectid=5689395D-65B3-FE26-0F255E161471A0E4

 Ammo: Contemporary Art, Solo Exhibition, New Orleans, LA.http://www.cacno.org/visualarts/exhibitions.html

 Trace, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Solo Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI.http://www.uica.org/

 Mourning Portrait, EJ Bellocqu Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston,

LA. http://www.art.latech.edu/

 The Culture of Rights/The Rights of Culture: Loren Schwerd, Solo Exhibition,

Dana Women Artist Series, Douglas Library, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/exhibits/dwas_2009.shtml

 Hair on Fire, Halsey Institute fro Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, SC.http://halsey.cofc.edu/exhibitions/archive2009.php

 2008 Southern Heat, Wilson Center for the Arts, Florida Community College, Jacksonville, FL. http://www.fccj.org/

 Material, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA.http://www.jonathanferraragallery.com/

 Mend: Life, Love and Loss, Halsey Institute, University of Charleston, SC.http://halsey.cofc.edu/exhibitions/archive2008.php

 Either Side of the Skin, Penland Gallery School of Crafts, Penland, NC.http://www.penland.org/gallery/gallery.html

 Mourning Portrait, Sumter County Art Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Sumpter SC.http://www.sumtergallery.org/Loren_Schwerd.html

 2007 Simple Truths, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AS.http://www2.astate.edu/bradburygallery/

 2006 Dada Domestique, Cazenovia College Art Gallery, Cazenovia, NY.http://www.cazenovia.edu/default.aspx?tabid=556

 60 Seconds of Play, Traveling Exhibition, Sarai Media Lab, India, Tilt Gallery and Project

Space Portland Oregon, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI,

Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

Here Comes the Bride, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL. http://www.womanmade.org/

 Thresholds: Expressions of Art and Spirituality, traveling exhibition curated by Eleanor

Heartney, Ewing Gallery of Art, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN and Lee Art Gallery,

Clemson University, Clemson, SC. [catalog] http://www.ewing-gallery.utk.edu/

2005 Multiplicity, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

Saltline Biennial, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL. http://www.mobilemuseumofart.com/

 Homegrown: Southeast, Southeastern Contemporary Art Center, Winston- Salem, NC.

[catalog]  http://www.secca.org/