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Adam Swart is a New York based artist, whose recent art is primarily inspired by his Peace Corps service in Nepal and subsequent travels throughout parts of the Himalayas and Southeast Asia. Much of his new body of work is in response to social injustices and the inspiration he derives from other art forms.

2010 (expected) Teachers College, Columbia University; New York, NY
MA degree candidate Art Education with K-12 Teacher Certification

Skidmore College; Saratoga Springs, NY
BS degree, Cum Laude Departmental Honors in Studio Art (concentrations in Painting and Printmaking)
Art History minor

“Made in Nepal”, The Bridge Gallery at Eugene Lang College; New York, NY

Blue Heron Arts Center; New York, NY
P.I.I. Gallery; Philadelphia, PA

2001 P.I.I. Gallery; Philadelphia, PA

15th Juried Skidmore College Alumni Reunion Art Exhibition, Tang Museum; Saratoga Springs, NY

“AMALGAM”, Siddhartha Art Gallery; Kathmandu, Nepal
“Gallery Artists: Group Show of Important Works”, The Ralls Collection; Washington, DC

“Group show of Gallery Artists”, The Ralls Collection; Washington, DC 2006
Group show, The Ralls Collection; Washington, DC

“CULTURE SHOCK”, 1978 Gallery; Maplewood, NJ (co-curator)

Senior Thesis Exhibition; Skidmore College 1999
Annual Juried Student Exhibit, Schick Art Gallery; Skidmore College
Uncommon Grounds; Saratoga Springs, NY 1999
“Adam and George”, two-person show, Case Gallery; Skidmore College

Annual Juried Student Exhibit, Schick Art Gallery; Skidmore College

Recipient of academic scholarship; Teachers College, Columbia University

Photo selected for 2006 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers International Calendar

Recipient of The Jesse Solomon Memorial Award, given to Skidmore College’s most outstanding painting student Awarded Honors for Senior Thesis Exhibition, Skidmore College Painting selected for postcard announcement, Annual Juried Student Exhibit, Skidmore College

Painting selected for cover of Liberal Studies 1 textbook, course required for first year Skidmore College students 1998
Selected as one of five scholarship students highlighted in Skidmore College President’s Annual Report Recipient of the Schick Art Gallery Award (2nd Prize), Annual Juried Student Exhibit, Skidmore College

Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Visual/Fine Arts, The Art Institute of New Jersey

9/2008 – present
Eugene Lang College, The New School University; New York, NY Lang Arts Department, Professor of Himalayan Arts and Culture
*Design and teach courses related to Himalayan art and culture to undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds (Buddhist Arts of the Himalayas; NEPAL: Art, Culture, & Politics)

11/2005 – present
Rubin Museum of (Himalayan) Art; New York, NY Education Department, Museum Guide
*Develop a profound understanding of the artwork, cultures, religions, and history of the Himalayan region and serve as a resource for museum staff and visitors
*Design and lead guided tours and gallery talks for visitors, including specialized groups such as school visits, college students, senior communities, and social organizations
*Lead Nepal-related programs and training seminars for museum staff and visitors
*Conceive, create, and facilitate Haamro Desh (“Our Country”) program for NYC-area Nepali youth communities
*Coordinate and manage PeaceTalks, a series of gallery talks by Nepal Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
*Develop program ideas for arts curricula, educational engagement, and gallery floor activities
*Participate in formal gallery-talk programs such as Artists on Art and Talkingstick

07/2001 – 01/2004
Shree Gramya Secondary School; Chirtungdhara, Palpa, Nepal Peace Corps Volunteer, English Resource Teacher
*Taught grades 3-6 (140 students) in a public school in rural Nepal
*Developed relevant lesson plans and enhanced curriculum through the design and implementation of supplementary assignments and projects
*Introduced student-centered teaching techniques in a teacher-centered educational environment
*Created a fun, safe, creative, and relaxed environment for students accustomed to lectures, rote memorization, and corporal punishment
*Provided productive alternatives to corporal punishment regarding classroom management and student discipline
*Monitored and evaluated student performance through standard trimester exams and personally- designed weekly quizzes
*Initiated and instructed an extra-curricular art class
*Directed and oversaw the design, layout, and painting of a wall-size world map in school library by said art class
*Worked with Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), an NGO committed to the improvement of the quality of life for the disabled community -Conducted weekly home visits to meet with disabled children and their families -Served as an assistant teacher in the CBR’s deaf unit -Coordinated and served as Master of Ceremonies at an assembly celebrating International Women’s Day

07/1999 – 07/2001
Matheny School and Hospital; Peapack, NJ Painting Instructor/Art History Teacher; Arts Access Program
*Provided the information and tools that enabled students with physical and developmental disabilities to express themselves through painting *Adapted communication method, painting technique, and teaching technique to meet each student’s individual needs
*Taught Art History/Appreciation and Color Theory Courses after conception of and development of these classes
*Supervised students with the physical ability to paint on their own *Wrote student evaluations, recorded daily activities in journal, kept attendance records
*Maintained cleanliness of painting studio and supplies

11/1999 – 06/2000
Greater Brunswick Charter School; New Brunswick, NJ Art Teacher
*Initiated and developed art program at progressive, urban K-7 charter school
*Created lesson plans to meet NJ state standards and objectives for the visual arts
*Applied theories of Constructivist and interdisciplinary education to art curriculum
*Introduced students to various media and movements in art history
*Encouraged and nurtured independent thinking and creative problem solving through awareness of the Multiple Intelligences
*Conducted interactive student critiques
*Evaluated student performance using Rubric Scales and Progress Summaries
*Served as one of four volunteers (two teachers, two parents) on the Yearbook Committee
*Students earned First, Second, and Third Prizes in Juried Art Contest sponsored by Rutgers University

09/1998 – 05/1999
Skidmore College Department of Art; Saratoga Springs, NY Teaching Assistant, Printmaking
*Assisted students with technical problems and answered process-related and image-related questions
*Organized materials (prepared ink slabs, rollers, presses, paper) and assisted professor with demonstrations
*Maintained cleanliness and upkeep of print shop (included replacing and repairing scrapers for litho presses, refilling chemicals, clearing off drying racks, taking inventory of printmaking materials, hanging prints for display)

Academic/Professional Papers and Presentations
“From Blank Canvas to Solid God: the Processes and Perfections of Himalayan Art”; Rubin Museum of Art (museum tour) “From the Hands of Masters: Newar Art, Tibetan Patronage”; Rubin Museum of Art (gallery talk) “Local Traditions and Universal Truths: Celebrating Rato Machhendranath”; Rubin Museum of Art (gallery talk) “The Offspring of Rage: Confronting Durga”; Rubin Museum of Art (gallery talk) “Welcome to Nepal”; Rubin Museum of Art (presentation to museum staff) “The Kathmandu Valley: Newa Religious Art and Identity in Three Ancient Cities”; Rubin Museum of Art (presentation to museum staff)

Research contributor for Kimberly Lane’s Come Look With Me: Asian Art (Charlesbridge Publishing)

“Religious Art-making, Artistic Learning, and Ethnic Identity in Nepal”; Teachers College, Columbia University
“Places to Sit and Things to Carry: A Look at the Cultural and Aesthetic Significance of Everyday Objects in Nepal”; Teachers College, Columbia University