Nastassja E. Swift


B.F.A. Painting + Printmaking | Craft + Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, Virginia 2015.


Artist in Residence, Open Merit Scholarship, Cuttyhunk Island Artist Residency, Cuttyhunk, MA 2019.

Visiting Artist, Permanent Installation, Collegiate Lower School, Richmond, VA 2019.

Artist in Residence, Partial Fellowship Award, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA 2016.

BFA Fellowship, Artist in Residence, VCU Qatar, Doha, Qatar, 2015-2016.

Artist in Residence, Full Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 2015.


she was here, once, Lane Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2019.

Hidden Underneath, Harmony Hall Arts Center, Fort Washington, MD, 2018.

I Keep Repeating it Over & Over in My Head, VCU Qatar Gallery, Doha, Qatar, 2016.

Conscious of Being Seen, Fine Arts Building, Richmond, VA, 2015.


Afrikana Independent Film Festival, Richmond, VA, Enjoli Moon, Curator and Director, 2019.

Group Exhibitions, Solo Room Installation, Wa Na Wari, Seattle, WA, Elisheba Johnson, Curator, 2019.

Breaching the Margins, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, Juana Williams, Curator, 2019.

InLight Richmond, 1708 Gallery Exhibition, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA, Kimberli Gant, Juror, 2018.

Urgent Care, A Social Care Experience, The Colored Girls Museum, Philadelphia, PA, Michael Clemmons, Curator, 2017.

Fiber National 2016, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA, Jennifer Lindsay, Curator, 2016. 

Considerably More, Gallery 1010, Knoxville, Tennessee, Jessica Gatlin, Curator, 2015.

Changing Styles: 300 Years of Virginia Art and Design, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia, Bryan Condra, Curator, 2015.

Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, Dean Daderko, Juror, 2015.

Emerging Printmakers Exhibition, Studio Two Three, Richmond, Virginia, Ashley Hawkins, Juror, 2014.


Cultural Equity Focus Area Grant, Remembering Her Homecoming, Richmond CultureWorks, Richmond, VA, 2018.

Faculty Research Grant, An Exploration of Gender Roles in the Making of West African Textiles and Fiber Processes of the Region, VCU in Qatar, 2016.


Fellowship, The Vermont Studio Center 2015.

Gerald Donato Scholarship, PAPR, School of the Arts, VCU 2015.

Outstanding Senior Award, PAPR, School of the Arts, VCU 2015.

Dean's Scholarship, PAPR, School of the Arts, VCU 2014.


Teen Leadership Mentoring Program, Art 180 Richmond, VA, 2018- present.

Make Space, Felting Workshop, Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA, 2018.

Piece Gallery, Felting Workshop Johannesburg, South Africa, 2017.

Lumberton High school, Lumberton, NC, 2017.

New Women Space, Brooklyn, NY, 2017.

Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2017.

Sister Mentors, Felting Workshop and Artist Talk, Washington D.C, 2017.

Woven Community Projects, Andrea Vail, Richmond, Virginia, 2014.


Owner, D for Dolls LLC:,  Virginia Beach, VA, 2016- present.

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Mist Gallery:  2014- 2016.

Artist Assistant, Andrea Vail, WOVEN Community, MFA Alum, VCU, Richmond, VA, 2014.

Display and Merchandising Intern, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA 2013 – 2015.


Workshop Leader, Felted Word: A Collaborative Artist Book, Tasmeem Doha Biennial Art and Design Conference, VCU Qatar, Doha, Qatar, March 13-15, 2019.

Panel Member, Women’s Agency, Women’s Empowerment Symposium – Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth, VA, March 23, 2018.

 Artist Lecture, Conscious of Being Seen, Global History of Black Girlhood Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, March 17-18, 2017.