Nastassja Swift portrait
Nationality American
Born b. 1992

Nastassja Swift

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As a sculptural fiber artist, Virginia-based Nastassja Swift is redefining her use of portraiture through wool to create soft sculptures that speak to spirituality, history and place in relation to the body. The artist constantly searches for ways to allow her practice to meet people where they are, and rethink how to make these stories more accessible to those who should see them. Her short film, and first collaborative performance, “Remembering Her Homecoming,” premiered at the Afrikana Independent Film Festival in Fall 2019, and screened at the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville and Current Art Fair in Richmond.

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Artwork: Planted
Nastassja Swift
Title and Year:
Planted | 2021
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    Canaan: when I read your letter, I feel your voice
    Historical Hampton Courthouse, Hampton, VA

    she was here, once
    Lane Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

    Hidden Underneath
    Harmony Hall Arts Center, Fort Washington, MD

    I Keep Repeating it Over & Over in My Head
    VCU Qatar Gallery, Doha, Qatar

    Conscious of Being Seen
    Fine Arts Building, Richmond, VA



    “MAKING MARKS | Figural Identity, transfiguration, and receptive tactility”
    Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

     “Black Spirituals”
    Eleanor and Hopps Gallery, The Contemporary Arts Network, Newport News, VA


    The Benediction, Eleanor and Hopps,
    The Contemporary Arts Network, Newport News, VA

    Hello There
    Quirk Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

    Afrikana Independent Film Festival,
    Richmond, VA

    Remembering Her Homecoming
    Solo Room Installation, Wa Na Wari, Seattle, WA

    Breaching the Margins
    Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

    InLight Richmond
    1708 Gallery Exhibition, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA

    Urgent Care, A Social Care Experience
    The Colored Girls Museum, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2015
    Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
    B.F.A. Painting + Printmaking | Craft + Material Studies

  • Contemporary Arts Network Collection, Newport News, VA

    Quirk Hotel, Charlottesville, VA

    Grace Linton Battle Memorial Collection, Washington DC

    The Colored Girls Museum, Philadelphia, PA

    Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar

  • 2021
    Art as Activism Grant, Black Box Press Foundation

    Grace Linton Battle Project Seed Grant

    VMFA Artist Relief Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VA

    Grace Linton Battle Memorial Fund Acquisition Grant

    Virginia Commission of the Arts Fellowship, VA

    Cultural Equity Focus Area Grant, Remembering Her Homecoming, Richmond CultureWorks, VA

    MASS MoCA Partial Fellowship, MA

    Faculty Research Grant, An Exploration of Gender Roles in the Making of West African Textiles and Fiber Processes of the Region, VCU in Qatar

    Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship, VT