b. Mishawaka, Indiana, 1978
Brooke Marks-Swanson is an artist currently living in South Bend, Indiana. She speaks of her Midwest roots through a universal language of textile and metal wearable art. She received her MFA in Metals from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and a BFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Her works have been exhibited nationally over 90 juried and invitational exhibitions and most recently included internationally in exhibitions in Canada, Greece, Spain and France. Marks-Swanson has been included in 15 publications including the notable Metalsmith Magazine Exhibition in Print 2009, 2014, 2016. Three Lark Book Publications: 500 Plates and Chargers, The Craft of Silversmithing, and The Art of Enameling. In August 2016, her first solo exhibition titled, “Baskets: Increase/Decrease”, was held at Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, California. Most recently, Marks-Swanson spoke at SOFA Chicago 2016, on a panel titled: FIBER ART IN THREE DIMENSIONS: A History and Discussion of Fiber Art Off The Wall. Current gallery representation includes: Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, California, and Gallery Noel Guyomarc’h, Montreal, Canada. She was the recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission, Individual Artist Program Grant and was a participant in the XXX International Ceramics Symposium, “Porcelain Another Way”, Walbrzych, Poland, 2006. Her work can be found in the Muzeum w Walbrzychu, Walbrzych, Poland, The Sparta Teapot Museum of Craft and Design, Sparta, North Carolina, and The Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon.