Adjunct Professor of Art
Los Angeles based artist Astri Swendsrud received her M.F.A. in Art from CalArts in 2008, and her B.S. in Art from Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN in 2004. She was a 2007 recipient of a Harvey Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows nationally, including at The Pacific Design Center, Black Dragon Society and COMA Alternative Space in Los Angeles, The Suburban and Spoke Gallery in Chicago, All Things Project in New York City, and The Soap Factory in Minneapolis. Swendsrud’s work investigates the intersection of personal and psychological association and response with perceptual experience. Her drawings and installation environments create fictionalized domestic interiors and social gatherings, focusing on atmosphere, architecture, and décor. In addition to teaching at Biola, Swendsrud also teaches at Otis College of Art and Design. She serves as co-director of the exhibition space Elephant in Los Angeles.