248 Studio Arts Building
BFA Tulane University
MFA Syracuse University
Loren Schwerd is an associate professor of sculpture at Louisiana State University. She received her BFA in studio art from Tulane University and her MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University. Schwerd joined the LSU School of Art Faculty in 2005. She teaches three-dimensional design and all levels of sculpture.
Schwerd’s recent exhibitions include Prospect 1.5 New Orleans Biennial; the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Virginia; the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design in North Carolina; the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Michigan; the Craft Alliance in St Louis, the Luckman Gallery at California State University, the Triennale di Milano Design Museum in Milan, Italy, the Dana Women Artist Series and Douglas Library Series at Rutgers; and the State University of New Jersey. She has participated in numerous artist residencies, such as the Djerassi Resident Artist Program and the Art Omi International Artist Residency, the Millay Colony, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Her works have been featured in the documentary film City of Memory by director Robert Adanto and in international publications such as Design 360 Magazine, Revista de Estetica y Arte Contemporaneo, and FiberArt Magazine.
Schwerd’s work repurposes found materials and traditional craft techniques that reside between the pliant categories of sculpture and textiles. Her meticulous handwork obscures distinctions between organic and synthetic matter, communicating opposing suggestions of frailty and resilience and producing a contrast of sensibilities that reflect the discordant relationship between nature and culture.