Vermont College of Fine Arts | Montpelier, VT | 2010, Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art (MFA), Feminism, New Genre, Public Art

Massachusetts College of Art  | Boston, MA | 2003, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Painting

Massachusetts College of Art  | Boston, MA | 2000, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Sculpture



  Anticipated: Reform, Solo Exhibition, Marblehead Museum, MA.                                                                      2019

 Anticipated: Red Library, Kington Studios, Kingston, NY.                                                                                    2018

Chasing Shadows, Reach Arts, Swampscott, MA.                                                                                                2017

M/othering, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA.                                                                                                                           

Art for Everyone, The Gretchen Schuette Gallery, Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR.                     2016

Impermanent Resident, Fung Wah Biennale, Flux Factory, New York, NY.                                                                             

Capital Cleanse, Bruised, “Art as Advocacy,” Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT.                           2015

Capital Cleanse, Shades of Gray, ”Roots,” On The Ground Floor, Los Angeles, CA.

Capital Cleanse, Uncertain Caucasian, “Transformation,” Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Springs, MD.

Capital Cleanse, Odds and Ends Caucasians, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK.

Capital Cleanse, Uncertain White, Cream and Lavender, Antioch University, WA.

Capital Cleanse, “After the (Ten Bulls,)” Temporary Agency, Brooklyn, NY. Invitational group exhibition.

Reform, (Capital Cleanse) The classical section of MET, New York, NY. Rogue Installation.                              2014



Variations, Marblehead Arts Association, Marblehead, MA.                                                                                 2018

Trees of Life, Location 1980, Costa Mesa, CA.                                                                                                       2016

A Change Is Gonna Come, Augusta Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.                    2015

Eliminate, Florence, IT. Auction for newborns worldwide to receive the tetanus vaccine.                                              

Images of Grief and Healing, Chandler Gallery, Maud Morgan Arts, Cambridge, MA.

On Color, Rolling River Distillery, Portland, OR. Collaboration with Catherine Haley Epstein                           

(ex)change, Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, OR. Collaboration with Diane Jacobs

After the (Ten Bulls,) Temporary Agency, Brooklyn, NY. Invitational group exhibition.                                         2014      

Theoretics, Concepts and Ideas, Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. Invitational exhibition.        

Eggsistential, 4Art Inc Gallery, Chicago, IL. Invitational group exhibition.                                                            2013      

10x10x10x Tieton, Making Small Art BIG! Tieton Arts and Humanities, Tieon, WA.

Within/Without, Kader Gallery, La Crosse, WI. Invitational exhibition with Lisa Ulik.                                            2012  

Flourish, Alumni Works on Paper, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Boston, MA. Juried group exhibition.        

Memory Upgrade, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA. Juried group exhibition.                                    2010     

wALL, SRISA Gallery of Contemporary Art, Florence, IT. Invitational project.

Body Language, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA. Juried, group exhibition.

MFA Graduate Exhibition, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT. Thesis exhibition.

Small Works Show, Fusion Gallery, Collingswood, NJ. Honorable Mention Award.                                          2008

Through the Eyes of Strangers, artist visit South Africa, Chemeketa College Art Gallery,                                2007

Salem, OR. Invitational, group exhibition.



Fung Wah Biennial, Flux Factory                                                                                                                              2016

A.R.T. Fund award, Artist Resource Trust Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation                              2014

Stipend, Millay Colony                                                                                                                                                  

Artist Grant, Vermont Studio Center                                                                                                                      

Juror’s Choice Award, 10x10x10x, Tieton Arts and Humanities                                                                              2013

First Prize Award, Memory Upgrade, Center on Contemporary Art                                                                      2010

Honorable Mention, Small Works Show, Fusion Gallery                                                                                        2008      

Merit Award, Vermont College of Fine Arts        

President’s Award for Outstanding Talent, Mass. College of Art, Boston, MA.                                                      1997     

Wilhelmina Denning Jackson Art Award, City of Marblehead, MA.                                                                        1996

Mary Chaisson Award, Outstanding Achievement in Art, City of Swampscott, MA.                                                           


Reines, Mary. "'Emerging' champions perspectives that are fresh, fearless and timely," WickedLocal, June 6, 2018.

Swanda, Tereza. "'Emerging' to be presented at ReachArts," WickedLocal, May 9, 2018.

Huang, Pien. “Artists Pay Tribute To No-Frills Chinatown Bus, Discomforts and All,” Morning Edition, NPR, March 29, 2016.

Voon, Claire. “A Biennial on a Bus Examines the Leisure and Labor of Travel,” Hyperallergic, March 2016

Mack, Laura. Art for Everyone, Open Educational Resource Textbook, Chemeketa Press, June 2016.

Muir, Pat. “10x10x10 Tieton: Mighty Tieton’s small art exhibit keeps getting bigger,” Yakima Herald, August 2013.

Swanda, Tereza. Leap4Kidz Curriculum (k-2,) Leap 4 Kidz Afterschool Art Program, September 2011.

Alonso, Juan. 2010 Annual: Memory Upgrade, Center on Contemporary Art Catalogue, December 2010.

Hays, Ann (ed). Anthology One, Storyscape Journal, May 2010.

Cowan, Ron. “Open Hearts Out of Africa,” Statesman Journal, September 2007.

Pindyck, Maya. "Queers, Crime, Midgets & Murder," NY Arts/Berliner Kunst, June 2003.

Birk, Aaron. "Phylanges," NY Arts/Berliner Kunst, April 2003.

Tomon, James. "Crumbs," NY Arts/Berliner Kunst, December 2002.



Art Safari and Residency, Venice Biennale, Documenta, Munster Skupltur Projekte,                                       2017

Artist Residency, Rosenclaire, Poppiano, Italy                                                                                                      2016

Virtual Parent Residency, Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY. US                                                                                 2014

Painting Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. US                                                                                    

Ceramic Residency, Ceramic Art Center, Nove Vilemovice, Czech Republic                                                    2013

Just Forming Content, workshop with Rosenclaire, Montagnana, Italy                                                              2012

Cob Workshop, Cob Cottage Company, Coquille, OR. US                                                                                 2010

The Everyday in Contemporary Art and Practice, UC Berkeley, CA. US                                                          2009      

Artist Workshop, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa                                    2004

Artist Workshop, with Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky, Montagnana, Italy                                         2002



Tereza was born Mazurova (implying paternal possession) in what was Czechoslovakia and resides both in CZ as well as the States. In her nomadic life, she questions familial and societal roles applied, engendering and classifying, bodies.

Swanda has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Swanda has recently received the A.R.T. Fund award to pursue her project, Capital Cleanse, which she installed in a rogue installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has exhibited her work at the Whitney Center for the Arts (Pittsfield, MA), University of Oregon (Eugene,OR), Berliner Kunstprojekt (Berlin), 450 Broadway Gallery (NY), Bakalar and Paine Galleries (Boston, MA), Chemeketa Community College Art Gallery (Salem, OR), and online in Storyscape Journal. Her series, To/From Mothering, shown at the Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle, WA), won first prize. She has been awarded residencies at VSC (Johnson, VT), at the Millay Colony (Austerlitz, NY), and has been attending workshops with Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky in Italy and South Africa since 2000.

Swanda’s distinctions include the Wilhelmina Denning Jackson Art Award as well as scholarship for graduate work.



Through my work, I reform a given, be it structure, art history, patriarchy, capitalism or the frame. My process involves braking down this 'known,' making rigidity flexible, turn solids to liquids, destabilize the form to reconfigure it into something other.

My work centers on a meeting of the so-called ‘other;’ between feminine and masculine, high ‘art’ and domestic life. The current work is about un-labeling. For example, in Mutual Cleanse, portraits carved out of soap are washed away with daily use.  In Impermanent Foundationthe ocean, rain, or other natural phenomena take a classical bust and dissolve the piece. I document the work as it breaks down, examining the traces left over. I am interested in following the unintentional, the mistake, the gap, and explore the space between intentions.