College of Arts and Sciences


  • Swenson Awarded Arts Grant

    October 15, 2010

    Fine Arts   adjunct faculty member Christian Swenson has been awarded a 2010 Artist Trust  Grant for Artist Projects to create new performance work with Seattle dance/theater artist, Haruko Nishimura of Degenerate Art Ensemble.  Swenson, who teaches improvisation and acting/movement, has been on the Seattle University  faculty since 2003.  He is best known for his pioneering work in "Human Jazz," a global fusion of dance, drama, and music for body and voice.  

    Swenson, who came to Seattle in 1977 to work with the Bill Evans Dance Company, has performed his solo show on local, national, and international stages, as well as working with Bill Irwin, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, ay Clayton/Jim Knapp Collective,  and Jim Nollman of Interspecies Communication Inc. Later this fall, he will be touring in China and Japan.

    Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines. Swenson is one of only 14 individuals to receive a grant in the performing arts.  In the past Swenson has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Washington State Arts Commission, and 4 Culture.

    The Department of Fine Arts  in the College of Arts and Sciences   offers undergraduate degrees  in theater, dance, music, digital arts, and photography and an MFA in Arts Leadership .


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