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REC March 18 2022

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles
will be hosting a memorial artwork display
opening on Saturday, November 19, 2022
in their art chapel.






The John August Swanson Studio will be selling artwork and posters
at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church’s Holiday Festival
on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 10:00am until 2:00pm.
Mt Olive Lutheran Church
3561 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA 91214


John August Swanson will be remembered at the St Camillus Center
this Friday, September 23, 2022 at their 12:10pm mass,
and on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at their 4:00pm mass.

The Masses may be Zoomed on the days.

For more information please visit their website at:

The Swanson Studio is planning a memorial artwork display at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to be held later this year.
Please continue to check our Facebook and this website for more information.





REC March 18 2022


  The John August Swanson Studio will be attending and showing artwork at this year’s Religious Education Congress at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Come visit us and see the upcoming Ecclesiastes giclee at booth 90 in Exhibit Hall – A, and at the Memorial Display in the Grand Lobby.


John August Swanson Booth




Bazaar 2021




 Arts and Justice 


John August Swanson to speak with other artists in an online Zoom event hosted by Boston University's School of Theology.

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 2:30pm - 4:00pm (PT) [5:30pm -7:00pm (ET)]


You may view a recording of the Zoom webinar on Boston University's website at:

For more information on the event, click here
or, you may view the Boston University event poster.










The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels extended its exhibition of Swanson artworks through the end of 2019.
Come see the new FRANCIS OF ASSISI.
The artwork display is located in the Art Chapel (North Ambulatory, near the staircase).
Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels
555 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


7:00 am - 5:00 pm







Self-guided tour










The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is hosting an exhibition of thirty-one Swanson artworks,
from Sunday, May 10, 2019 through the end of October, 2019,
located in the Art Chapel (North Ambulatory, near the staircase), and a secondary side chapel.




Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels
555 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012




7:00 am - 5:00 pm





Self-guided tour














Photos from the Cathedral Exhibition






Loyola Marymount University's Westchester Campus is exhibiting a selection of eighteen John August Swanson posters between June 3rd and July 26th.
The exhibition is open Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm,
and is located on the 3rd level of the Willaim H Hannon Library in the Terrance L. Mahan, S.J. Gallery.


Each poster was selected by a different student worker.
All of whom describe how they are connected to their chosen artwork in an accompanying card.

Click Here, or on the images below, to view the selected posters and accompanying text.

2019 Hannon Library Display 2019 Hannon Library Display

Please see below for a short talk given by John August Swanson at the exhibit's opening.


Click Here to see all the talks given at the exhibition's opening event.




Ascension Lutheran
Installs Wall Murals of













On Saturday, December 22, 2018, Ascension Lutheran Church (Thousand Oaks, CA)
installed two new wall murals of Swanson's artworks: THE RIVER and PSALM 85.

The 18' x 6' wall covering of THE RIVER is located in the narthex
as you enter the church's sanctuary from Parking Lot 2;
and the 6' x 8' wall covering of PSALM 85 is displayed
in the sanctuary entrance from Parking Lot 3.

The two murals took many months of work and planning, and were printed by Mpressions - Visual Storytellers in Anaheim.
The Swanson Studio is very happy for Ascension Lutheran, and excited to let you know of this new installation.









Photos Of THE RIVER Wall Mural Installation
Below are photos taken of the istallation of THE RIVER wall mural, installed on December 22, 2018.

Ascension Lutheran
narthex wall
awaiting THE RIVER.



THE RIVER giclee postcard held up to indicate placement on narthex wall


Mpression installer
arrives and greets
John August Swanson
ready for the installation


Mpressions Installer unravels
the vinyl wall covering of THE RIVER.



The installer carefully cuts off the excess material from the image.



The mural is cut out and ready for the next step.


The Installer poors
the adhesive
to be applied to
the back of the vinyl.



The vinyl covering is placed backside up
for the adhesive to be applied.



Adhesive is applied with a paint roller brush to the back of the vinyl.


Adhesive has been applied
to the top half of
the first vinyl strip,
and the installer is folding the strip back to back.



The first strip is further folded over on itself
to allow space for work to be done on the lower half.



Adhesive is rolled on to the lower half of the first vinyl strip.


The Installer uses a laser level to mark the alignment for the bottom of the artwork.



The Installer uses a scrapper to remove any large bumps
and to smooth the wall for tighter adhesion.



The Installer folds over the rest of the vinyl strip
and prepares to put it up on the wall.


The Installer makes final preparartions to the wall.



The first set of folds are unfurled.



The second set of folds are unfurled.


The vinyl strip is placed on the wall.



The strip is smoothed by hand into place.



Final smoothing of the vinyl strip is done with squeegees.


The process is repeated for the second vinyl strip.
Adhesive is applied, and the second strip is folded.



The other half of the wall is prepared for the second half.



The second vinyl strip is placed
and smoothed into place.


An overlap between the two strips is used for final alignment.



The overlapping area is then sliced...



... and removed, to create a seemless image.


The newly installed wall mural.



John August Swanson with Pastor Steve Herder.


Ascension Lutheran Narthex with the newly installed wall mural.





Photos Of the PSALM 85 Wall Mural Installation
Below are photos taken of the istallation of the PSALM 85 wall mural, also installed on Dec. 22, 2018.

















John August Swanson
Receives Honorary Doctorate
from Loras College





On Saturday, May 19, 2018, John August Swanson was bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Loras College in Dubuque, IA.







During the ceremony, Janaan Manternach, who will be donating her extensive collection of Swanson artworks to Loras College, also received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree.








John August Swanson's
MLK Poster






I approached my MARTIN LUTHER KING poster with the intent to create a new artwork in my “Exploding Newspaper” style, used previously in BIG HUNGRY EYE (1971), LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN (1972), STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE (1972; re-issued in 2011), and SEEDS OF BROTHERHOOD (1973; re-issued in 2012). In these works, I used a variety of typefaces from alphabets I hand-carved from rubber erasers, while taking Sister Corita Kent’s class at Immaculate Heart College in 1968.


My earlier posters were planned around, and mainly used, photographs, which were interspersed with song lyrics and quoted text. For this work, I chose to use my own drawings. These details have been taken from the paintings, prints, and sketches I have completed over a wide spectrum of my work. The scenes depict people engaged in their daily lives, and form my own visual commentary on Dr. Martin Luther King’s marvelous text. However, within the artwork, there is still a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was taken in a jail cell at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama, October, 1967.

The poster’s text is drawn from Dr. King’s 1967 Christmas Sermon on Peace, delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation aired the sermon as a part of their distinguished authorities and contemporary interest program, the Massey Lecture series. Dr. King’s affirmation of our universal connection to one another, our inextricable interdependence, moved me. It is still a contemporary, powerful, and relevant message, as we continue learning how to live together, how to work together, and how to peacefully coexist.





Please call the John August Swanson studio at 310-649-1210 for more information.





John August Swanson's




Re-issue of SEEDS OF BROTHERHOOD, 1972
Collage Poster printed as an offset lithograph, 31" x 20"
Copyright John August Swanson Limited Edition of 1000


When I was starting my work as an artist from 1968 to 1975, I was influenced by political
ideas and movements, and the songs and speeches of the 1960s and 70s. I created a series of
works similar to newspapers-collages of lettering, artwork, and photos, an "exploding newspaper."
I used a large variety of imagery, from photographs to my own hand carved rubberstamps,
to create visual interest. It was a good opportunity to incorporate the lettering and alphabets I
had carved in my mentor Corita Kent's lettering class. Using my knowledge of photography, and
working in darkrooms, I overexposed photographs to simplify them, and create stark solarized
images, which I felt complimented the lettering. I combined the lettering, photos and rubberstamp
images with texts that were meaningful to me: the words of the writer, James Agee; the poet,
Lawrence Ferlinghetti; and the labor leader, Cesar Chavez; as well as song lyrics.
Buffy Sainte-Marie was a strong minstrel, who wrote songs that were about her people's
history, the Native Americans, and about peace and political consciousness. I chose the song she
wrote in 1968 for Brotherhood Week, Seeds of Brotherhood, to create one of these "exploding
newspapers." The lyrics are so playful, yet they deal with the importance of understanding,
compassion, and empowerment. Yes, we can create a better place where everyone can live!



It's time to open your eyes,
Take a look outside and all around,
To north and south and up and down.
The weather is right, the time is here.
There'll never be a better year
For brotherhood to take its root,
To bloom its blossom and sprout its shoot.
Open up your eyes.
It's time to find a place to hoe,
To find a place to plant your row,
Where the seeds of love can grow and grow.
Your heart's the perfect spot, you know.
Time to clean your garden plot
Of sticks and stones and other old rot.
Time to plant a brand new world
Where promises keep and paths unfurl,
To young and old, to boy and girl,
To rich and poor, to woman and man,
To Black and White, and Gold and Tan,
To big and little, and fast and slow.
Oh, see how brotherhood can grow,
Let the sun shine in your face
To everyone of every race.
Buffy Sainte-Marie, 1941-- , Cree (Saskatchewan)/Micmac (Maine)





Please call the John August Swanson studio at 310-649-1210 for more information.


Re-Issue of John August Swanson's
1972 Cesar Chavez United Farm Workers Poster




40th Anniversary 


The poster, STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE, was first created forty years ago, in 1972 to help raise money for the United Farm Workers. The original printing was limited to one hundred posters.


As I recall, the union provided me with a statement from Cesar Chavez’s 1968 speech. My idea for the poster design was to use his words to create a “newspaper,” a black and white montage of photos and lettering. For the lettering, I used a variety of typefaces; many of these were rubber-stamp alphabets I had carved from rubber erasers and other materials. His words became my “headlines,” accompanied by images showing the struggles of the United Farm Workers in our agricultural fields and the attacks from the giant agribusiness corporations. I also used other photos depicting labor, race, and economic struggles throughout the 20th century in the United States. I interspersed the words and photo images, hoping that this would be an interesting design and would best communicate the message of our continuing struggle to bring justice for all.

In 2011, I felt the message still resonated with strong grass-root movements: the energetic actions of the Occupy Movement, the growing awareness and participation of the Global Warming and Environmental Movements, the struggle of workers to protect their labor unions, and the renewed effort of the Peace Movement. I decided the poster should be reprinted. The original poster was revised with new images, revised spacing, and adapted text. Now, I hope this poster will bring Chávez’s powerful words to students, to union workers, and to those who struggle for justice. I hope this work will encourage, strengthen, and empower those who seek a just and peaceful world.





Please call the John August Swanson studio at 310-649-1210 for more information.




While this page may be updated sporadically,
the best place to find news and scheduling information for Mr. Swanson is
now on Facebook.



If you have any questions or requests, please feel free to contact the studio.








Bazaar del Mundo
Customer Appreciation Day 2017






John August Swanson will be visiting the Bazaar del Mundo during their
Customer Appreciation Day celebration
on Thursday, November 30th and Friday, December 1st.

There will be a display of many of his artworks,
including his newest piece, THE ANNUNCIATION,
as well as his series of 13"x19" posters.

The Bazaar del Mundo is located in Old Town San Diego at:

4133 Taylor St
San Diego, CA 92110

and is open from 10:00am until 9:00pm

For more information about the event and the Bazaar del Mundo,
please see their website,
or call them at 619-296-3161.








On October 11, 2015, John gave a talk at First United Methodist Church of Pasadena
on Corita Kent's artwork, and her influence on him. 









On Sunday, October 11th, First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica and First United Methodist Church of Pasadena 
will host a talk by John August Swanson on his mentor Corita Kent, her artwork, and her influence,
begining 1:30pm at:
First United Methodist Church of Pasadena 
500 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91101



Following the talk, those interested will tour the exhibit of Kent's work
currently displayed at the Pasadena Museum of California Art: Some Day Is Now

 Faith and Hope Beyond Prison Walls
at Homegirl Cafe





John August Swanson will attend the
Partnership for Re-Entry Program's annual exhibition
of the artwork of the incarcerated at Homegirl Cafe at:


7130 Bruno St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012


 Saturday, October 10th, 2015




In connection with the exhibit, Mr. Swanson will display
his recent posters, and one framed artwork will be 
offerred for auction, with proceeds to benefit the
Partnership for Re-Entry Program.

fINdings Art Center
Generation to Generation



Beginning September 3rd and lasting through October 1st, fINdings Art Center will exhibit artwork
created by the students (and the students of her students)
of Corita Kent. Among the exhibited works will be
John August Swanson's 1984 PRODIGAL SON with
hand-painted remarquee embelishment.

The exhibition is free and open to the public every Friday and Saturday,
10:00 am - 5:00pm, and by appointment at:
fINDings Art Center
470 W 6th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 489-1362

 John August Swanson: Passion of Color

Alan Garfield (Director of the Bisignano Gallery) with Janaan Manternach 





The University of Dubuque is exhibiting selected pieces from
Janaan Manternach's collection of John August Swanson artworks. 




University of Dubuque

Bisignano Art Gallery

2000 University Ave
Dubuque, IA 52001


The exhibition will be on display

Aug. 24 – Sep. 25, 2015,

Noon to 5:30 p.m., Mon-Fri

A reception will be held on Saturday, September 26th, featuring a talk

given by Janaan Manternach in the Babka Theatre.

Excerpt from the Passion of Color, an essay by Alan Garfield:

There is quite a bit to like in the serigraphs of  John August Swanson. The color is
 mesmerizing,  with deep and rich hues based upon rainbows but acting more like
the purity of cans of paint. The title  of this show addresses that immediate experience,
 the passion of color. For like stained glass windows, these images seem to have a light
and life all their  own.Why this is seems clear from a technical standpoint. Just read in
this catalog what Mr. Swanson says about how he creates his paintings and then
laboriously translates them into these serigraphs. These images are a tour de force of color, design  and complex composition. But without a doubt, their origin is equally based upon the artist’s commitment to story-telling, and it is this aspect that I wish to explore. . .

To see the complete essay, and the exhibit catalog,
download this 28-page, full color catalog.






at Christ Cathedral
Garden Grove, CA





On July 19, 2015, Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA opened their Chapel of Unity and Reconciliation
which features an 11' x 15' wall mural of John August Swanson's

The Chapel of Unity and Reconciliation is open to the public,
and is located on the third floor of the Christ Cathedral Cultural Center.

The original, 23” x 29½”, acrylic painting from 1999 was scanned by ArtScans Studio in Los Angeles at 512dpi.
The image file was then further digitally enhanced at the John August Swanson Studio under the artist’s own supervision
before it was sent to Photomation in Anaheim for final adjustments and printing.
All sample printings of the work were inspected by John August Swanson,
and, on June 29, 2015, the artist was present for the hanging and installation of the artwork.





Photos Of Washing Of The Feet II Wall Mural Installation
Below are photos taken of the Washing Of The Feet II wall mural installation done for Christ Cathedral in Orange County on June 29, 2015.

Original computer mock-up
of the chapel mural.



Photomation representative prepares area for installation



Area is prepared
and ready for installation



Artwork was printed on
four vertical vinyl wall
covering strips



John August Swanson unfurls test print with hand painting to compare to the final printing



All bumps are removed from the wall, so the artwork can adhere to a smooth surface



Wallpaper adhesive is opened and the rolling brush is prepared



Wallpaper adhesive is applied
to the vinyl strips



Vinyl strips are
folded and rolled,
so the applied adhesive
does not touch the image



The first vinyl strip is positioned.
It is pressed and smoothed
onto the wall.



Photomation installer
smooths and aligns
the edges of the first
and second vinyl strips.



John August Swanson looks over the edge alignment of the first and second strips



John August Swanson
talks about the installation,
as Photomation installer prepares
the third vinyl strip



The installer aligns the second and third strips,
as Swanson looks over the installation



3/4 Of the wall mural
is installed



Swanson looks over
an area to be corrected



Swanson mixing paint



Swanson adds white
to a figure's eyes



Swanson thanks the installer from Photomation for a job well done



John August Swanson
with project collaborators;
Dawn Fredrick-Seiberg,
Sr. Jo Ann Tabor, Sr. Mary Therese Sweeney, and Annette Walker



John August Swanson
with completed mural




The theme of this artwork encourages us to show true humility of spirit, and love for all.
It gives us a beautiful guide for our lives. We are called to treat all with respect, and to serve our community.
True leaders are those who are called to serve.



St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
743 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037



The Poster Art
of John August Swanson
at Boston University


Boston Universtiy is currently presenting a display of the poster art of John August Swanson
in their Community Center at:

745 Commonwealth Ave
Boston MA 02215.

The posters will be on display until May 15, 2015,
and the exhibit is open for viewing from 8:30am until 5:00pm.

For more information contact Kara Jackman at Boston University at 617-353-1323









 Richard and Helen DeVos Collection
The Art Of John August Swanson




In association with Eyekons Chruch Image Bank, the Helen and Richard DeVos Collection of twenty-three
original John August Swanson artworks will be on shown at the Acton Institute For The Study of Religion and Liberty.


Acton Institute
98 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The exhibit of works will be on display
January 12 – May 15, 2015,
Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 5:00pm.

Click Here to view exhibit booklet.










Who Is My Neighbor?
Friday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th, 2014
Grand Rapids, Michigan





John August Swanson will be attending the Who Is My Neighbor? conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 26th and 27th. Two large collections of his artwork (The De Vos Collection and the Bergsma Collection) will be exhibited, and Mr. Swanson will participate in several panel discussions and presentations. The full schedule is available at this link. Registration for the event is open and can be completed, here. For more information, please call: 616-235-2929.


Who Is My Neighbor?



The Lenten Artworks Of John August Swanson
March, 2014 -- Sunday, April 27th, 2014
First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica




FAPC sign


First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica will be exhibiting
a special display of John August Swanson's Lenten artworks in their sanctuary 
now through Sunday, April 27th.




On Palm Sunday, April 13th, the artist will be in attendance between noon and 3pm.
He will give a talk beginning at 1pm. This event will be free and open to the public.






First United Methodist Church
1008 11th St
Santa Monica, CA 90403



The exhibit is open Sundays 1pm to 3pm and by appointment on Wednesdays between 1pm and 3pm. 
For more information and to schedule a tour, please contact the church office at (310) 393-8258



 (Photos courtesy of First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica)


Blessings of Life and Spirit: The Art Of John August Swanson
Sunday, February 2nd - Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church




FAPC sign


Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in midtown Manhattan, NY
will hold a special exhibition of John August Swanson artworks 
from Sunday, February 2nd until Sunday, April 20th.




Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
7 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019




Days Times
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 8am - 6pm
Tuesdays 8am - 9pm
Saturdays 8am - 1pm
Sundays 8am - 2:30pm

 Admission is free and open to the public.

 (Photos courtesy of Tim Palmer)








NEW!  Visit the non-profit ANPPM Online Store to Order  Cards, Books and Posters



Work in Progress - 2011


Click Here for more information. 






FOR WORDNET TV -- "Hues of Joy"




On June 30, 2011, John August Swanson was interviewed by Fr. Micheal Manning, SVD for the The Word in the World program

"The Power of Love". The Thirty minute interview will be broadcast twice later this year on September 25th and 27th.






Nationally Televised on The Church Channel

Tues 8:30 am PT [MT 9:30am; CT 10:30am; ET 11:30am]
[Satellite: DirecTV 371 - Dish 258 - Glorystar 115 Cable: U-Verse 585 - Buckeye 181 - Charter 172 - FIOS 288]

Regional Cath TV Networks: Detroit, Dubuque, Rockville Center, Yonkers
Am Forces Network: U.S. bases & ships

Available in Southern California on:

El Sembrador Nuevo Evangelización Tues 6:30 am
San Bernardino Access TW 17, Charter 32 Sun 5:00 pm

The Show will also be available after broadcast at:






John August Swanson is working with Grand Rapids, MI based Eyekons to bring churches ART FOR ADVENT.
A CD image collection that takes you on a visual journey of the Christmas story,
and features John August Swanson's six advent artworks.

CD includes images of the full artworks and details
perfect for Powerpoint presentations and church bulletin covers.  

The Art Of John August Swanson
Friday, September 13 - Sunday, September 15, 2013
St. James By-The-Sea






St. James By-The-Sea in La Jolla, CA
will hold an exhibit of 25 framed artworks
from Friday, September 13th until Sunday, September 15th.




St. James By-The-Sea
743 Prospect Street
La Jolla CA 92037




Event Hours
. Date Time
September 13

5:30pm - 8:30pm

Tickets Required

September 14

1:00pm - 8:00pm


September 15

8:00am - 5:00pm




Admission is free and open to the public Saturday and Sunday.


Tickets for Friday evening's reception are available at St. James By-The-Sea's website.

The Art Of John August Swanson
Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2, 2013
American Martyrs Church






The American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach, CA
will hold an exhibit of 21 framed artworks
from Friday, May 31st until Sunday, June 2nd
in their St. Kateri Room.




American Martyrs Parish Center
St Kateri Room

1400 Deegan Place
Manhattan Beach CA 90266




Event Hours
. Date Time
May 31st

3:00pm - 7:00pm

June 1st

10:00am - 8:00pm

June 2nd

8:00am - 2:00pm
4:00pm - 8:00pm



John August Swanson will be visiting the display in person at the following times:

Artist Visiting Hours
. Date Time
May 31st

5:30pm - 7:00pm

June 1st

4:00pm - 5:00pm
6:00pm - 7:00pm

June 2nd

10:30am - 11:30am
4:00pm - 5:30pm

John August Swanson’s 
Newest Painting and Giclee Edition


Morning in the City


John August Swanson has finished his newest highly detailed and vibrantly colored artwork, MORNING IN THE CITY.





Morning in the City

Morning in the City






MORNING IN THE CITY tells the story of our everyday experiences. Showing the complexity and bustle of our urban city lives
within the common occurrences we go through each morning: when we wake up, comb our hair, eat breakfast, meet the mailman, leave for work,
and catch the bus. Framed by their home window sills, a variety of different people are shown traveling through the facets and rituals of their
everyday lives. The efforts we go through to begin our day,
illustrate our own unique potential for greatness while facing the challenges of a new day.



Morning in the City


An Artist's Perspective on Justice




After giving a lecture for Professor Cecilia Gonzalez’s art and theology class, three Loyola Marymount students:
Gabriela Dematteis, Joe Kappes, and Alyssa Brocato,
conducted an interview with John August Swanson, and created a short, six-minute, video based on his responses.






You may view the video, titled; “An Artist's Perspective on Justice” on Vimeo, at the following website address:



November 6th:

Our Best Chance to End Capital Punishment

and Reform the Three Strikes Law in California!


John August Swanson

has prepared four posters and postcards calling for an end to State Sponsored Execution in California, and a postcard to change the Three-Strikes Law.


Proposition 34 on the Nov. 6th ballot would repeal the death penalty in the State of California and impose a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 729 persons sentenced to death in our state.


Each Prop 34 poster includes depictions of the Crucifixion of Jesus, with a message of transformation and hope.


(Proposition 34, 13” x 19” Posters and 4¼” x 6” Postcards Available – Posters shown above)


Proposition 36 on the Nov. 6th ballot would revise the three strikes law to impose life sentence only when the new felony conviction is serious, or violent, and authorizes re-sentencing for offenders currently serving life sentences.


The Prop 36 postcard displays a powerful message of change for prisoners.


(Proposition 36, 4¼” x 6” Postcard Available – Shown Above: front and back)



These materials are available at printing costs.


Posters are $1.00 each plus shipping,

and postcards are $0.25 each plus shipping.


To order John August Swanson’s postcards and posters,

contact The Swanson Studio



John August Swanson Artwork Display in Los Angeles
at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels




 "The Art of John August Swanson " 
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels will host a more than four month exhibit of twenty-nine John August Swanson artworks,
from Sunday, May 27, 2012 through Sunday, September 30, 2012,
located in the Art Chapel (North Ambulatory, near the Down Stair Case).







 Cathedral Parking Lot Validation Available

Parking Hours
. Lot Hours Prices
Monday - Friday
5:30 am -to- 8:00 pm

- $4.00 every 15 minutes; $18.00 daily maximum
- Vehicles entering after 4:00pm: flat rate of $8.00

morning mass - 90 minutes free for arrivals between 6:30am and 7:10 am (with mass attendance)


noon mass - 90 minutes free validation with mass attendance

8:00 am -to- 8:00 pm
$5.00 flat fee
7:00 am -to 8:00 pm
3 hours free with attendance at regularly scheduled masses followed by a flat fee of $5.00.
Subject to Change
$5.00 flat fee

Tours are Available by Request.

  Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels
555 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 

The John August Swanson exhibition at the Cathedral was reviewed by The Tidings on Friday, May 25th.  To read the article, click here.


John August Swanson to Appear on
West Hollywood Public Access,
WHPA-Time Warner Cable Channel 36


A 30-minute interview with John August Swanson at his Our Lady Of the Angels Cathedral exhibit will be aired on the West Hollywood Public Access Channel, WHPA - Channel 36.

This interview can be seen on the following dates and times:

. Date Time
September 13th


September 18th


September 19th


. Date Time
October 4th


October 9th


October 10th


October 18th


October 23rd


October 24th


For more information on receiving this station, please visit WHPA's website at:

Mosaic Developed From John August Swanson's THE RIVER




to be Installed in Glendale, CA




  THE RIVER Mosaic
Click Here for more images of the completed mosaic.


  "The River Mosaic" 
In celebration of the parish’s 65th Anniversary, on September 16, 2012, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Glendale, CA
will unveil their new 4’ x 5’ mosaic adapted from John August Swanson’s 1987 serigraph, THE RIVER.







The mosaic will be installed above the church’s fountain in an area 6’ x 7’. 
Adapting the THE RIVER


John August Swanson has overseen each step in the planning, adaptation, and re-sizing of his artwork.



Demetz Art Studio, Italy


 The final work was crafted by the Demetz Art Studio, located in Northern Italy, and family owned since 1872.
And, the project was managed and facilitated by The Judson Studios, 200 South Ave. 66, Los Angeles, CA 90042.

The Judson Studios had previously worked in conjunction with John August Swanson on a mosaic based on THE GREAT CATCH.









Completed - 2012


Click Here for more information. 




















In the first panel -


At the left side of my serigraph, there is an employment agency with a long line of people waiting to sign on a waiting list. Our “Unemployed Man” is seen at the moment he writes down his name. He continues into the next panel, where he walks down the street, feeling alone and powerless, as he passes factories and office buildings with “No Jobs” signs posted.





In the second panel -


He is standing outside an overcrowded hotel where he has just picked up a newspaper which announces a march, a gathering of many people, of many communities coming together to address their common problems.





In the third panel -


He is the foreground figure in a huge gathering of people who have come together to  call for quality universal healthcare, better schools, affordable housing, living wages, equal pay and job training. Many of their signs promote strength in unity, community organizing, and peace. This large group of people is positioned so that they march toward the viewer as if they are moving forward out of the picture.




Across the top -


The line of smaller scenes picture people engaged in the rebuilding and renewing of their community. We see the renovation and construction of housing; the development of common, community spaces in parks; the writing of letters and expressing of ideas; and the sharing of resources in soup lines for the hungry, homeless, and unemployed.




Across the bottom -


There are three scenes picturing people organizing for their empowerment. The first is a group involved in collective bargaining. The next is another group of people discussing the possibilities for working together. The final scene is a leadership training class in which they seek to learn how to combine their energies to solve common problems.


It is my hope that this art work might serve as an inspiration and a tool for those working to organize those who have been displaced & marginalized by economic injustice into compassionate communities empowered to implement justice and  bring peace.

Giclee Print on Canvas, Size: 14.5" x 35.75"    
(Price: $350 unframed)                                                 View Larger Image


Lecture on John August Swanson in Atlanta
at Emory University's Candler School of Theology





 On Thursday, April 19, 2012, the Pitts Theology Library at the Emory: Candler School of Theology will present
 "Seeing the Stories,"
a lecture by Candler professor emeritus Don Saliers.


In the lecture, Professor Saliers will explore Swanson's visual narrative as visual spirituality through several examples of artwork.


How does Swanson's "re-imagining" of biblical stories give us a surprising
and often "musical" understanding of seemingly familiar scenes?

Light refreshments and conversation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the library director's office,
followed by the lecture at 7:00 p.m. in the library's Durham Reading Room.

The event is free and open to the public, 
 and is a featured event associated with the Pitts Theology Library exhibit,
 "The Art of Storytelling: The John August Swanson Collection" 
on display at the Library, April 2–June 22.

For more information,
please click here to visit the Candler School of Theology's Calendar of Events




John August Swanson to Lecture in Los Angeles
at Loyola Marymount University









 "Visiting Artists & Lecturers Series : John August Swanson" 
in the Foley Hall Green Room at 12:00pm on Friday, April 27, 2012


 The LMU College of Comunication & Fine Arts and their Communication Studies Department will host a unique and transforming hour
with John August Swanson on Social Justice, and how it is reflected in his artwork.




 Loyola Marymount University
1 Loyola Marymount University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 338-2889 







Past News & Events



Full Image of each serigraph
111 details of scenes from the serigraphs.


A Visit | 28 Details
Shepherds | 13 Details
Nativity | 18 Details
Epiphany | 11 Details
Flight Into Egypt | 16 Details
Presentation in the Temple | 25 Details

Click Here to visit Eyekon's website for more information.




Fuller Seminary Library Display
and Brehm Center Lecture Series
November, 2010





For the month of November, Fuller Seminary’s Brehm Center, 135 N. Oakland Ave., in Pasadena California,
will feature a display of eleven original John August Swanson serigraphs in their Hubbard Library.
The event will include a near complete proof of Swanson’s newest work, PSALM 23.


To begin the showcase, John August Swanson will appear at the opening reception on November 3rd, and give a talk later in the evening from 8:30-9:30pm.
On November 4th, he will respond to a presentation given by Robin M. Jensen, Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship at Vanderbilt University.


       This event is open to the public, and the schedule is to be as follows: 

       Wednesday, November 3, 2010:
       7:00-8:00pm Opening Reception of John August Swanson Gallery (in Hubbard Library)
       8:30-9:30pm Conversation with artist John August Swanson (in room Payton 101)


       Thursday November 4, 2010:
       10:00am-12:00pm Brehm Lectures (Payton 101)
            Lecture 1: Visual Art and the Two Reformations: Can We Find A Middle Way?
            Lecture 2: Visual Art as Doxology: Art's Place in the Church Today


For more information please contact Fuller Seminary’s Brehm Center at 626-304-3789



John August Swanson
in Minneapolis


Westminster Gallery will host a reception

Friday October 8, 2010 from 5pm-8pm.

John August Swanson will speak from 6pm-7pm.

Featuring a sneak peak at PSALM 23, in progress!

The event is free and open to the public.

1200 Marquette Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403


On Saturday October 9th, John August Swanson

will visit The American Swedish Institute

from 1pm-2pm.

2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis


On Sunday October 10th, John August Swanson

will speak between masses at The Basilica of Saint Mary

from 10:45am-11:30am

on the corner of Hennepin and N 17th Street in Minneapolis.


Also on Sunday October 10th,

Carter Avenue Frame Shop

Will host a reception for John August Swanson

From 2pm-4pm.

2186 Como Ave. St. Paul, MN


John August Swanson Speaks
in Grand Rapids Michigan


September 14th, 15th, and 16th


at the Inner City Christian Federation


A selection of 35 of his serigraphs, on loan from Larry and Mary Gerbens
will be displayed through December, 2010



The Grand Rapids Press published an interview with John August Swanson


in their September 11, 2010 Religion Section


The article can be found here:




John August Swanson to Appear on
West Hollywood Public Access,


WHPA-Time Warner Cable Channel 36
A 30-minute interview with John August Swanson will be aired on
the West Hollywood Public Access Channel, WHPA - Channel 36.




This interview can be seen on:


Tues., February 12, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
Wed., February 13, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
For more information on receiving this station, please visit WHPA's website at:





Even before the GOOSE WITH THE GOLDEN EGG was completed,
 John August Swanson began developing the ideas for his next serigraph–
After pouring over his various drawings and sketches from the last twenty years,
 a new serigraph is taking shape.
Click Here to find out more.






Loyola Marymount University Symposium

on the Aesthetics of John August Swanson's Artwork
Available Online  
In 2009, Loyola Marymount University's Theology Department gave a symposium on the Theological Aesthetics of John August Swanson's artwork, which was later published this year in ARTS magazine.
You can see the article at the following link:




Limited Edition Clown Serigraphs


For a very limited run of only 120-150 editions each, John August Swanson  revisited three of his early
clown watercolor and acrylic paintings, created in the 1980s, and reinvented them as hand printed silkscreen serigraphs.


The first two were completed in 2008, please continue to visit the website for updates!
The other works in the suite (shown above, from left to right) are:
“As I review and enjoy these clown characters, I am moved by feelings of their uniqueness, their ability to touch our lives and their double-sided nature. They are hilarious, mischievous, joyful and full of surprises – turning around the expected order of things. They also appear as messengers who bring us hope, grace, healing and meaning. They connect us to the numinous and to our child-like delight.”  -John August Swanson, 2008












Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art
Mr. Swanson's work, SAINT MICHAEL AND THE ARCHANGELS will be on display, beginning in October, and continuing until the end of December.
Open Friday, Saturday, and, Sunday from 2:00PM to 4:00PM   Pligrim Place 660 Avery Road, Claremont, CA 91711, Phone: (909) 621-9581 (call for tours)


John August Swanson - Slideshow and Lecture, October 8, 2007
Mr. Swanson will be making a personal appearence to talk about his art. Rolling Hills United Methodist Church 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (310) 377-7302


St Andrew's Abbey-Valyermo Fall Festival September 29-30, 2007
John August Swanson will be in attendance and his Art will be on display and available for purchase at this well known, popular Festival. 31001 N Valyermo Road,Valyermo, CA 93563 Click to visit the Website...

(no admission charge - $5.00 parking fee)



Los Angeles Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, "Looking Back, Moving Forward,"
A new fine arts exhibition featuring new original work by Cathedral artists. The exhibit opens Sept. 8 and runs through Jan. 4 in the Cathedral Chapels as part of the Cathedral's fifth anniversary celebration. Contributing artists include Lita Albuquerque, Johnny Bear Contreras, Max DeMoss, Lalo Garcia, Robert Graham, Frank Martinez, John Nava and John August Swanson.    555. W. Temple St., Los Angeles

John August Swanson - Work on New Serigraph THE PROCESSION
Mr. Swanson has uploaded photos of work he is doing on his most complex serigraph ever.

Click to see the photos...



The Franklyn Interview, John August Swanson - Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 9:30 PM;
John August Swanson will be featured on this program, airing in the Greater Los Angeles Area on Time-Warner Cable Public Access Channel 98(Channel 43 in Beverly Hills, Channel 77 in Santa Monica). Check your local Cable program listings.

Hill Ave Grace Lutheran Church, Pasadena, California-Stained Glass Window
Mr. Swanson work is reinterpreted in Stained Glass

Click to view a friend's photograph album of the ongoing process



Faith Odyssey 2007 - Annual Conference Day, Saturday January 13th
Mr. Swanson will be conducting a workshop as part of this conference: "Awakening Your Creative Spirit". Registration needed. St. Monica's Catholic Church 725 California Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403

Click to download a flyer...



John August Swanson - Cover Story, Vida Nueva Monthly Spanish Language Newspaper, Los Angeles Archdiocese, November 2006


Full cover page with three page full color article by Marta Caraballo p.12-13, p.19.

Click to see the article...


Bazaar del Mundo Gallery, San Diego, California November 16 - 18, 2006;


5:30 PM Thursday, Leature at Casa Guadalajara, 4105 Taylor St. Call for reservations due to limited space, afterwards he will be in the Gallery from 7:00PM - 9:00PM; 10:00AM to 9:00PM on Friday, 10:00AM to 4:00 PM Saturday.

John August Swanson will be making a personal appearance at Bazaar del Mundo Gallery in their new location near Old Town San Diego: 4133 Taylor Street.   He will be introducing his new serigraph, SAINT MICHAEL and the ARCHANGELS, at this event.  Call for more information and reservations (619) 296-3161


Holy Family Bookstore, Los Angeles/Pasadena Area, California Sunday, October 15, 2006


John August Swanson will be introducing his new serigraph: SAINT MICHAEL and the ARCHANGELS at: 1519 Fremont Avenue in South Pasadena  on June 6 from 9:00am to 1:00 pm.    Call for more information (626) 403-6133


St Andrew's Abbey-Valyermo Fall Festival September 23-24, 2006


John August Swanson will be in attendance and his Art will be on display and available for purchase at this well known, popular Festival. 31001 N Valyermo Road,Valyermo, CA 93563 Click to visit the Website...

(no admission charge - $5.00 parking fee)


The Franklyn Interview, John August Swanson - Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 9:30 PM;


John August Swanson will be featured on this program, airing in the Greater Los Angeles Area on Adelphia Cable Public Access Channel 98(Channel 43 in Beverly Hills, Channel 77 in Santa Monica). Check your local Cable program listings.


Los Angeles Religious Education Conference, Anaheim Convention Center - March 31 to April 2, 2006;


John August Swanson will be making a personal appearance in the Exhibitors Hall at the Anaheim Convention Center 800 W Katella Ave. Anaheim CA 92802. He will have framed editions of most of his work including his latest serigraph, TAKE AWAY THE STONE, based on the story of Lazarus, at this event.  For more information visit


Trinity Cathedral,Cathedral Center for the Arts
100 W. Roosevelt,Phoenix, AZ 85003,1-602-254-7126


Reception 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday March 3rd.  Over 30 of John August Swanson's works will be shown.  Exhibit on display thru March 30th. Questions or orders call, Nathan Evenrud, 520-743-0902


Memorial Service - Natalie Jatib, Great Niece of John August Swanson, Saturday 11, 2006 12:30 PM


Catered reception to follow the service.  Alverno High School, 200 N Michillinda Ave., Sierra Madre, CA 91204 (626) 385-3463


Donations in Memorium to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles requested.


John August Swanson-Lecture, January 19, 2006; 7:00PM to 9:00 PM


University of Southern California Religious Center, located on the North side of the University Park Campus on West 34th St. next to the Student Health Center.


John August Swanson-Lecture, January 19, 2006; 7:00PM to 9:00 PM


University of Southern California Religious Center, located on the North side of the University Park Campus on West 34th St. next to the Student Health Center.




John August Swanson receives Mother Theresa Award January, 2006




Read about it in the Tidings:









LAPS 18th National Satellite Show Saddleback College Art Gallery - Another View 2: Selected works from Contemporary North American Printmakers - October 24 - November 17, 2005


John August Swanson's PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE will be shown. Artist Reception - Sunday, October 25, 6 - 9 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, from noon - 4 PM Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm (on10/29 and 11/5 only) 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92692


INK & CLAY 31 exhibit in Cal Poly Pomona January 6 to February 18, 2005


John August Swanson's serigraphs LOAVES AND FISHES and STORY OF THE PRODIGAL SON were chosen for the exhibit.   Click to visit the Website...


St Camillus Chapel-Pax Christi Mass June 15, 2003


A memorial mass will be held for John's Mother at 4:00 in the afternoon. The Chapel is located at 1911 Zonal Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033 (State Rd.)







September 2, 2002, the Opening of the Los Angeles Cathedral



The processional banners for the dedication and opening of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral featured the art of John August Swanson. 


  SAINT FRANCIS book, released May 2002  


Orbis Books, publishers of There Is A Season, is releasing a new book using John August Swanson's painting FRANCIS OF ASSISI (1999). This painting has a border of 24 miniature scenes from the life St. Francis. The larger central panel shows St. Francis looking out over a landscape of forests, various animals and birds, rolling hills, and towns. The more than 60 full color inllustrations in the new book are taken from this complex painting, exploring the intricate details. 


The text of the new book consists of reflections on panels and details of the art written by Marie Dennis, an author working in the field of social justice. Her inspiring words present a man reaching out and caring for others as a model for all people today.


A comment by Sister Wendy Becket on this new book: "These lovely qualties [of St. Francis] are not only explained but made visually present in the rich, strong pictures of John August Swanson, on which Dennis bases her text."


It will be available at bookstores and can also be ordered from the publisher Orbis Books at 800-258-5838. The cost will be $25.00 plus shipping.


Link to Orbis Books



Saint Anthony Messenger Magazine features John August Swanson in the October, 2002 Issue


October, 2002 Issue: Saint Anthony Messenger