Bernice Ficek-Swenson is a Minneapolis artist working with copper and polymer plate photogravures. Ficek-Swenson, a photographer and printmaker who has been working with photogravure since 1995. Her work is inspired by the four elements and landscape and she uses stones, ashes, fire and water to create constructed photographs.
Ficek-Swenson's photogravures are in numerous collections including: Polaroid, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography @ Columbia, Chicago, North Dakota Museum of Art, Arizona State University Art Museum-Tempe, Frederick Weisman Art Museum, MN and the Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece.
Her work has been shown in national and international exhibits with solo exhibitions at the AIR Gallery, NYC, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Technohoros Gallery, Athens, Greece and in an alternative photo exhibition sponsored by Galerie-Par-ci Par-La, Lyon, France. Bernice has been an artist in residence at Anchor Graphics in Chicago and most recently she spent a month as artist in residence at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She's been a recipient of two Polaroid Artist Grants.
Ficek-Swenson's gravures have been published in books on both photography and printmaking: The Polaroid Book, The Best of Printmaking, An International Collection, Printmaking in the Sun and the North Dakota Museum of Art.