Jason Swift earned his BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1994, his MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1997 and his EdM in 2003 and EdD in 2009 from Teachers College, Columbia University. He was Artist in Residence for the Curatorial Experiences Program at Maryland Institute, College of Art from 1998 to 1999, guest lecturer at the New School University and at the Central Academy of Fine Arts’ Art Education Leadership Academy in Beijing, China in 2005 and a resident at the Vermont Studio Center in 2006 and 2010. In 1997 Jason was the recipient of the Amalie Rothschild Award, and in 2005 he received the Enid Morse Fellowship for Teaching in the Arts. In 2004 he co-founded the Pearl Street Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Jason has served as the Director of Exhibition Proposals, Curation and Grant Writing for artHarlem in New York Cityand was a member of the Board of Curators for Visions in New York City: Short Films and Video. In 2016 he became the Vice President of Development for Integrative Teaching International. Jason has taught at Queens College and Teachers College, Columbia University in New York and is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Plymouth State University where he coordinates the undergraduate and graduate programs in art education. In his studio and research practice Jason investigates the influence of experiences upon the artist’s visual vocabulary. His artwork has appeared in exhibitions in the United States, China and South Korea.