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Posters For Peace and Hunger
Featuring the words of Pope Francis, Daniel Berrigan, and other peace makers, activists, and writers





















 John August Swanson has completed a series of posters blending new and old images,

and the words of important writers and thinkers on the subjects of Peace and Hunger.

The posters measure 19" x 13" and are available for $15 each at:

Locally: Shipped for $7 (for as many posters as you like):


 Holy Family Bookstore

1519 Fremont Ave.

South Pasadena, CA 91030

(626) 403-6133

Please contact the studio.





On October 11, 2015, John gave a talk at First United Methodist Church of Pasadena
on Corita Kent's artwork, and her influence on him. 

On Sunday, October 11th, First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica and First United Methodist Church of Pasadena 
will host a talk by John August Swanson on his mentor Corita Kent, her artwork, and her influence,
begining 1:30pm at:
First United Methodist Church of Pasadena 
500 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91101

Following the talk, those interested will tour the exhibit of Kent's work
currently displayed at the Pasadena Museum of California Art: Some Day Is Now

 Faith and Hope Beyond Prison Walls
at Homegirl Cafe


John August Swanson will attend the
Partnership for Re-Entry Program's annual exhibition
of the artwork of the incarcerated at Homegirl Cafe at:

7130 Bruno St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

 Saturday, October 10th, 2015
In connection with the exhibit, Mr. Swanson will display
his recent posters, and one framed artwork will be 
offerred for auction, with proceeds to benefit the
Partnership for Re-Entry Program.

fINdings Art Center
Generation to Generation


Beginning September 3rd and lasting through October 1st, fINdings Art Center will exhibit artwork
created by the students (and the students of her students)
of Corita Kent. Among the exhibited works will be
John August Swanson's 1984 PRODIGAL SON with
hand-painted remarquee embelishment.
The exhibition is free and open to the public every Friday and Saturday,
10:00 am - 5:00pm, and by appointment at:
fINDings Art Center
470 W 6th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 489-1362

 John August Swanson: Passion of Color

Alan Garfield (Director of the Bisignano Gallery) with Janaan Manternach 


The University of Dubuque is exhibiting selected pieces from
Janaan Manternach's collection of John August Swanson artworks. 

University of Dubuque
Bisignano Art Gallery
2000 University Ave
Dubuque, IA 52001

The exhibition will be on display

Aug. 24 – Sep. 25, 2015,
Noon to 5:30 p.m., Mon-Fri
A reception will be held on Saturday, September 26th, featuring a talk
given by Janaan Manternach in the Babka Theatre.

Excerpt from the Passion of Color, an essay by Alan Garfield:

There is quite a bit to like in the serigraphs of  John August Swanson. The color is
 mesmerizing,  with deep and rich hues based upon rainbows but acting more like
the purity of cans of paint. The title  of this show addresses that immediate experience,
 the passion of color. For like stained glass windows, these images seem to have a light
and life all their  own.Why this is seems clear from a technical standpoint. Just read in
this catalog what Mr. Swanson says about how he creates his paintings and then
laboriously translates them into these serigraphs. These images are a tour de force of color, design  and complex composition. But without a doubt, their origin is equally based upon the artist’s commitment to story-telling, and it is this aspect that I wish to explore. . .

To see the complete essay, and the exhibit catalog,
download this 28-page, full color catalog.


at Christ Cathedral
Garden Grove, CA


On July 19, 2015, Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA opened their Chapel of Unity and Reconciliation
which features an 11' x 15' wall mural of John August Swanson's

The Chapel of Unity and Reconciliation is open to the public,
and is located on the third floor of the Christ Cathedral Cultural Center.

The original, 23” x 29½”, acrylic painting from 1999 was scanned by ArtScans Studio in Los Angeles at 512dpi.
The image file was then further digitally enhanced at the John August Swanson Studio under the artist’s own supervision
before it was sent to Photomation in Anaheim for final adjustments and printing.
All sample printings of the work were inspected by John August Swanson,
and, on June 29, 2015, the artist was present for the hanging and installation of the artwork.

Photos Of Washing Of The Feet II Wall Mural Installation
Below are photos taken of the Washing Of The Feet II wall mural installation done for Christ Cathedral in Orange County on June 29, 2015.


Original computer mock-up
of the chapel mural.

Photomation representative prepares area for installation

Area is prepared
and ready for installation

Artwork was printed on
four vertical vinyl wall
covering strips

John August Swanson unfurls test print with hand painting to compare to the final printing

All bumps are removed from the wall, so the artwork can adhere to a smooth surface

Wallpaper adhesive is opened and the rolling brush is prepared

Wallpaper adhesive is applied
to the vinyl strips

Vinyl strips are
folded and rolled,
so the applied adhesive
does not touch the image

The first vinyl strip is positioned.
It is pressed and smoothed
onto the wall.

Photomation installer
smooths and aligns
the edges of the first
and second vinyl strips.

John August Swanson looks over the edge alignment of the first and second strips

John August Swanson
talks about the installation,
as Photomation installer prepares
the third vinyl strip

The installer aligns the second and third strips,
as Swanson looks over the installation

3/4 Of the wall mural
is installed

Swanson looks over
an area to be corrected

Swanson mixing paint

Swanson adds white
to a figure's eyes

Swanson thanks the installer from Photomation for a job well done

John August Swanson
with project collaborators;
Dawn Fredrick-Seiberg,
Sr. Jo Ann Tabor, Sr. Mary Therese Sweeney, and Annette Walker

John August Swanson
with completed mural

The theme of this artwork encourages us to show true humility of spirit, and love for all.
It gives us a beautiful guide for our lives. We are called to treat all with respect, and to serve our community.
True leaders are those who are called to serve.



St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
743 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037


The Poster Art
of John August Swanson
at Boston University

Boston Universtiy is currently presenting a display of the poster art of John August Swanson
in their Community Center at:

745 Commonwealth Ave
Boston MA 02215.

The posters will be on display until May 15, 2015,
and the exhibit is open for viewing from 8:30am until 5:00pm.

For more information contact Kara Jackman at Boston University at 617-353-1323



 Richard and Helen DeVos Collection
The Art Of John August Swanson


In association with Eyekons Chruch Image Bank, the Helen and Richard DeVos Collection of twenty-three
original John August Swanson artworks will be on shown at the Acton Institute For The Study of Religion and Liberty.

Acton Institute
98 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The exhibit of works will be on display
January 12 – May 15, 2015,
Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 5:00pm.

Click Here to view exhibit booklet.


Who Is My Neighbor?
Friday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th, 2014
Grand Rapids, Michigan


John August Swanson will be attending the Who Is My Neighbor? conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 26th and 27th. Two large collections of his artwork (The De Vos Collection and the Bergsma Collection) will be exhibited, and Mr. Swanson will participate in several panel discussions and presentations. The full schedule is available at this link. Registration for the event is open and can be completed, here. For more information, please call: 616-235-2929.
Who Is My Neighbor?


The Lenten Artworks Of John August Swanson
March, 2014 -- Sunday, April 27th, 2014
First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica

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First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica will be exhibiting
a special display of John August Swanson's Lenten artworks in their sanctuary 
now through Sunday, April 27th.


On Palm Sunday, April 13th, the artist will be in attendance between noon and 3pm.
He will give a talk beginning at 1pm. This event will be free and open to the public.


First United Methodist Church
1008 11th St
Santa Monica, CA 90403


The exhibit is open Sundays 1pm to 3pm and by appointment on Wednesdays between 1pm and 3pm. 
For more information and to schedule a tour, please contact the church office at (310) 393-8258


 (Photos courtesy of First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica)


Blessings of Life and Spirit: The Art Of John August Swanson
Sunday, February 2nd - Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church

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Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in midtown Manhattan, NY
will hold a special exhibition of John August Swanson artworks 
from Sunday, February 2nd until Sunday, April 20th.

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
7 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019

Days Times
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 8am - 6pm
Tuesdays 8am - 9pm
Saturdays 8am - 1pm
Sundays 8am - 2:30pm

 Admission is free and open to the public.

 (Photos courtesy of Tim Palmer)

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