Exhibition Showcases Work of Artist John Swanson

Scenes of everyday life and of spiritual transformation are featured in the paintings in the exhibition “The Story of Our Journey: The Art of John Swanson,” on exhibit Oct. 1-Dec. 12 at the Institute of Sacred Music (ISM).

The child of a Mexican mother and a Swedish father, Swanson grew up amidst a strong heritage of storytelling. His works explore the themes of human values, cultural roots and the quest for self-discovery. His images capture scenes from Bible stories and from such social celebrations as the circus, concerts and the opera, as well as the everyday activities taking place on country roads and city streets, libraries, train stations and schoolrooms.

A California-based artist, Swanson has works in the permanent collections of many museums, including three Smithsonian institutions: The National Museum of American History, the National Museum of American Art and the National Air and Space Museum. His art is also included in the print collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard University’s Fogg Museum, the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Bibliothéque Nationale in Paris. His painting “The Procession” is one of very few works by contemporary artists to be selected for the Collection of Modern Religious Art at the Vatican.

“The Story of Our Journey” is presented by ISM with support from the Yale Divinity School.

There will be a reception in honor of the artist 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Great Hall of the institute at 409 Prospect St. The exhibition is open for viewing 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Both the reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

For more information, call (203) 432-5062 or visit www.yale.edu/ism.

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