Visiting Artist Series Welcomes Jessie Swimeley

Published: September 6, 2023

Join College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Visiting Artist Series in welcoming photographer, Jessie Swimeley, to the Nampa Campus Academic Building on Thursday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Sept. 29 for a lecture and a workshop.

Born in Gillette, Wyoming, Swimeley finds great joy in uncovering beauty and significance in the insignificant. Her passion for photography began at the age of six years old when her father handed her a camera and taught her how the develop her own film and prints. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Photography from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

Swimeley uses digital, analog, and historical photographic processes to create her work. She loves to test and push the boundaries of what a photograph can be. She creates images that delve into the patina of life, examining how we are changed by the landscape we inhabit and how we change that landscape in return.

Swimeley’s work is held in private collections across the United States, Europe, and Australia. She is a member of Boise Open Studio Collective, the Nature Printing Society,, and the Treasure Valley Artists Alliance.

Join us for a lecture where Swimeley will discuss more about her art practice.

Thursday, Sept. 28
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Nampa Campus Academic Building, Room 206

In addition to the lecture, Swimeley will host a hands-on workshop where she will explore experimental photography methods, such as cyanotype.

Friday, Sept. 29
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Nampa Campus Academic Building, Room 206

CWI’s Visiting Artist Series is made possible through a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The lecture and workshop are both free and open to the public. For those interested in attending the workshop, please RSVP to Goran Fazil at

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