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Carolyn Swiszcz/Dylan Hicks Event 2016

An Evening with Carolyn Swiszcz & Dylan Hicks

Monday, November 14, 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm

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Highpoint Center for Printmaking is pleased to partner with Coffee House Press to present An Evening with Dylan Hicks and Carolyn Swiszcz on Monday, November 14 at 7:00pm at Highpoint (doors open at 6:30pm). Dylan and Carolyn collaborated on the cover of Dylan’s second novel Amateurs, published May 2016. Dylan will read excerpts from Amateurs, followed by a conversation with Carolyn about art and collaboration in the Twin Cities.  Called “smart, witty, and endearing” by Kirkus Reviews, Amateurs is a comedy of manners about class resentment, precarious friendships, potentially romantic road trips, and extremely wealthy Manitobans.

In the Spring of 2015 Dylan Hicks, asked Carolyn Swiszcz to make the cover art for The Amateurs. Both artists have been in the Twin Cities for over 20 years and draw much of their inspiration from their surroundings. Swiszcz mined the novel for contemporary references and over-arching themes to inform her creative process and infuse her own unique and colorful twist. The result is an artistic collaboration between these two artists that illustrates the complex relationships and intriguing storyline of The Amateurs. 

Copies of The Amateurs will be available for purchase. Also, Carolyn and Dylan created a ‘Small Book’ especially for this event, which every guest will receive! The exhibition currently on view at Highpoint Center for Printmaking is ‘Art of the Print: Recent Work from the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers’, curated by James Boyd Brent.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited so RSVP is required.  Please RSVP here.


About the Author: Dylan Hicks is a writer and musician. His first novel, Boarded Windows, was published in 2012, along with a companion album of original songs, Dylan Hicks Sings Bolling Greene. His journalism has appeared in the Village Voice, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Star Tribune, City Pages, Rain Taxi, and elsewhere. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Nina Hale, and their son, Jackson.

About the Artist: Born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Carolyn Swiszcz moved to Minnesota to attend the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she earned a BFA in 1994. Intrigued and inspired by the products and trappings of contemporary American life, Swiszcz paints and uses printmaking techniques to bring life to these temporary monuments to consumerism and suburban life. Swiszcz’s work has been exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Drawing Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery in New York, Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, and The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Carolyn also collaborated with the Highpoint Editions staff and Master Printer Cole Rogers to create prints in 2005. She is a recipient of the Jerome, McKnight, and Bush artist fellowships. She lives in West Saint Paul, MN.