swarm is a support network for curatorial and artist projects, as well as an experimental platform for new ways of collaborating to present work to the public. The site is the online document of ongoing creative projects and concerns of Svea Lin Soll, a consultant and curator residing in Berkeley, California. Svea has spent 20 years as an art world polymath in both nonprofit and commercial institutions, curating and marketing exhibitions and programs, working with artists, architects, clients, and the general public to observe art practices, present artwork, build collections, and provoke new ways of thinking about the world and our place in it. Her curatorial projects have included artist-in-residency programs, windows projects, and experimental film programs. Her current project explores art and the environment, and how artists are attuned to the needs of our changing planet.
Svea Lin Soll is a science nerd and art lover to the core. After earning an undergraduate degree in Geology/Paleontology from the University of Montana in 1997, Svea interned at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and accompanied a project in the Sierra Madres for National Geographic in Mexico. Post-undergrad, she studied photography and dance in Guanajuato, Mexico before settling back to her native Bay Area to pursue a Masters in Museum Studies (John F. Kennedy University, 2001) and curatorial work. Svea worked at both the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Oakland Museum of California (1999-2001), and was the exhibition and program director at Pro Arts (Oakland, 1999-2005). She was also an arts editor for the Oakland-based art and literature publication, Tea Party Magazine. Svea has served on panels at institutions including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), the Headlands Center for the Arts, and has sat at numerous juror tables for other art organizations. From 2006-2010, Svea was on the board of the Alameda Country Arts Commission, and was a board member for the San Francisco Art Dealers Association from 2011-2012. Svea is a member of the Auction Committee for the Headlands Center for the Arts. From 2005-2013, Svea conceived of and directed her proudest professional project so far, Swarm Gallery, a brick and mortar space that featured contemporary work by emerging and established artists through exhibitions, flat files, studio space and programs, and was an experimental platform for sound, video, and installation-based work. Since closing the space in 2013, Svea has been an art consultant with swarm projects and Simon Breitbard Fine Arts (SF), a consultancy specializing in art procurement for residential clients. Her latest curatorial project is looking at art and the environment, and how we as humans are responding creatively and emotionally to the accelerated pace of environmental trauma. Her personal interests include neuropsychology, parenting, fitness, and geologic sites around the world.
The photograph above was taken by Bonnie Chan.