Jon Keith Swindell

Jon Keith Swindell
  • Professor Emeritus

Contact Info

Chalmers Hall
1467 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 660445


Jon Keith Swindell has worked in the discipline of sculpture since 1974, with an emphasis on museum-based installations. He has been the recipient of an NEA Regional Award in Sculpture and the inaugural Kansas Arts Commission Meritorious Fellowship in Sculpture. Jon’s work has been exhibited internationally in England, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico and Canada, as well as in 44 of the contiguous states of the USA and in Alaska and Hawaii. His work is represented in over 75 public and private collections, including the Sheldon Art Museum, the Museum of Nebraska Art, the Mulvane Museum, and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and Art. In 1986 Jon joined the KU Design faculty in the School of Fine Arts, where he holds the prestigious distinction of being a Kemper Teaching Fellow awarded in 1998. In 2010 Jon accepted a new appointment in the Sculpture and Life Drawing areas in the new Visual Arts Department, in the School of the Arts where he taught until his retirement in 2018. He taught previously at Washington State University, the University of Nebraska, and the Columbus College of Art & Design where he began his teaching career in 1972. Jon was the recipient of the Lifetime Teaching Award from The Columbus College of Art & Design in 2017. He was a finalist for the National FATE Teaching Award in 2008 and was a finalist for the Budig Teaching Award at KU in 1997. Jon earned an MFA degree from the University of Nebraska with distinction as the Vreeland Award recipient in 1983, and a BFA degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1973. Jon currently lives and works in his home and studio in historic Vinland, Kansas. Jon Keith Swindell is a native Nebraskan, born in Holdrege in 1950.


Exhibition Venues

Alaska State Museum, Juneau, Alaska                    

Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes, Kentucky          

Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas

Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Museum, Anchorage, Alaska

Art Center, Joplin, Missouri

Art & Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Arts Incubator, Kansas City, Missouri

Art Museum and Galleries, California State University, Long Beach, California

Baker University, Art Gallery, Baldwin City, Kansas

Ball State University, Art Gallery, Muncie, Indiana 

Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio

Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio

California State University, San Bernardino Art Gallery, San Bernardino, California

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa              

Chanute Art Gallery, Chanute, Kansas

Cheney Cowles Memorial Museum, Spokane, Washington

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado State University, Department of Art Gallery, Fort Collins, Colorado

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

Coutts Memorial Art Gallery, El Dorado, Kansas

Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri

Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas

Denton Arts Center, Arkansas City, Kansas

Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri

Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky

Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

Eisentrager/Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska

Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

Finney County Historical Society, Garden City, Kansas

Frogman’s Press & Gallery, Beresford, South Dakota

Gardiner Gallery, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan  

Hastings College of Art Gallery, Hastings, Nebraska

Hausmann Millworks Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii

Hutchinson Community College Art Gallery, Hutchinson, Kansas

Jindra Fine Arts Center, Peru State College, Peru, Nebraska

Joslyn Museum of Art, Omaha, Nebraska

Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, Missouri

Kenneth Taylor Gallery, Nantucket, Massachusetts     

Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin

MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Malaysia International Paper, Art Center Gallery, Malaysia

Manhattan Art Center, Manhattan, Kansas

Mark IV Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

Massachusetts College of Art, Boston Massachusetts

Maui Community Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului, Hawaii

Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, Montana

Mulvane Museum of Art, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas

Museo De Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico

Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska

Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan

Nave Museum, Victoria, Texas

Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

New Orleans Biennial National, New Orleans, Louisiana

Pacific Cultural Foundation, American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan

Pend Oreille Arts, Sandpoint, Idaho

Peru State College Art Gallery, Peru, Nebraska

Phelps County Museum, Holdrege, Nebraska

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

Salina Art Center, Salina, Kansas

San Diego State University Art Gallery, San Diego, California

Sapporo Museum of Sculpture, Sapporo, Japan

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

Signs of Life Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas

Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa

So-Oh Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

Spokane Falls Community College, Visual Arts Department Gallery, Spokane, Washington

Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri

Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

Stuhr Museum, Grand Island, Nebraska

Syracuse University School of Art, Syracuse, New York

Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan

The Alexandria Museum, Alexandria, Louisiana

The Brunswick Gallery, Missoula, Montana

The Emily Davis Gallery, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

The Museum, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Touchstone Art Center, Spokane, Washington

Truman Art Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona

Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas

University of Alabama Art Gallery, University City, Alabama

University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska

University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

University of Kansas Regents Center, Topeka, Kansas

University of Nebraska/Omaha Art Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska

University of Western Ontario, McIntosh Art Gallery, London, Ontario, Canada

University of Wisconsin, Waukesha, Wisconsin,

Victoria Regional Museum Association, Victoria, Texas

Wichita Art Association, Wichita, Kansas

Yost Gallery, Highland Community College, Highland, Kansas