Brandon Sward is an artist, writer, and doctoral student at the University of Chicago who splits time between Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. He was a quarterfinalist for Ruminate Magazine's 2018 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize and an honorable mention for the 47th New Millennium Writing Awards. His work has been awarded residencies by Alternative Worksite, Main Street Arts, NAVE, the Sundress Academy for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Wassaic Project, and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. He has participated in the group exhibitions “Angelespuma” at NAVE in Guayllabamba, Ecuador and “Seasons Change” at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY, and has performed in Chicago and Guayllabamba, Ecuador. His criticism has appeared in Flash Art, The Point, aqnb, Hyperallergic, the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Review, Contemporary And, Newcity, The Seen, ASAP/J, and Post45: Contemporaries. He has served as a visiting critic in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago, and given gallery talks and co-curated an exhibition at the Smart Museum of Art.