Faculty and Staff

Sharon Swift

Sharon Swift

Batten Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department


B.F.A., University of Oklahoma
M.F.A., Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University

Office Location: Birdsong 104
Phone: 757-757-455-3408
Email: sswift@vwu.edu
Department/s: Art
Personal Website

Sharon Swift,  Professor of Art, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oklahoma and summa cum laude from the MFA program in Visual Studies at Old Dominion and Norfolk State Universities. She has participated in over 140 juried and invitational art exhibitions. Swift's artworks incorporate photographs of her travels and mixed media elements which she manipulates in various ways including collage and computer techniques. These works can be found in many private collections plus the permanent holdings of the Chrysler Museum of Art, and the Franklin Furnace in NYC. Swift's professional recognition includes a Fulbright Travel Grant to the People's Republic of China, selection for prestigious workshops at the Maine Photographic Workshops, the Santa Fe Workshops, an Artist's Residency at the Virginia Center for the Arts, and numerous design and photography awards. She has taught in Japan, a Bureau of Indian Affairs School, and four US  universities including Virginia Wesleyan University where her courses include computer art, graphic design, mixed media,  photography and travel photography.

photography, graphic design

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Digital Art I;Studio Art Teaching Assistant;Senior Art Seminar;Travel Photography;Adv Tpc: Advanced Glass;Introduction to Glass;Photography I;HNRS: Digital Art I


Photography I


Digital Art I;Digital Art I;Studio Art Teaching Assistant;Photography I;Digital Art II;Introduction to Glass;GS: Digital Variety;HNRS: Photography I


Digital Art I