John Erik Swanson
Erik Swanson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1997. In addition to teaching at the Corcoran, Erik teaches for Montgomery College and works as a freelance illustrator. He has nearly 10 years of experience as an art director and over 15 years of experience as a freelance illustrator—having worked with clients such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, Image Comics, and Sun Microsystems. Due to his background and array of artistic skills, his classes at the Corcoran range from figure drawing and painting to claymation and comics. In 2007, a comic book he worked on was nominated for a Harvey Award. More recently, he taught a claymation class at the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries, the results of which were put on display at the museum.