Cole Swanson is an artist and educator based in Toronto, Ontario. Through a multidisciplinary, collaborative, and materially-focused practice, he explores interspecies dynamics evolving in the so-called anthropocene.
Swanson has exhibited works in national and international institutions on four continents and is two-time arts fellow through the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute for his research on natural materials, miniature painting, fresco, and earth pigments. With a sustainable and access-oriented approach to creation and dissemination, Swanson often collaborates with conservationists, scientists, and social/community partners to integrate education, environmental awareness, and lived experience into the creative process.
Swanson has received support from numerous public agencies including the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. He is a Program Coordinator and full-time faculty member in the Visual Arts department at Humber College, Toronto and has held positions in teaching, curatorial, and arts administration in various institutions throughout Ontario.