Carl Sweets is an artist and educator working primarily in Photography, Video, and Alternative Digital Media. Carl earned his BS (Applied Mathematics) from Kent State University, BFA (Photo and Digital Media) from Columbia College Chicago, and MFA (Photo, Video, New Media) from Pratt Institute. Carl worked in the technology sector for dot-com, engineering, and fortune 500 consulting before devoting his life to the arts and education. Previous to joining the PC faculty, Carl taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, South Suburban College, Marwen, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, and Hyde Park Art Center. Most recently, Carl performed as the Education Director at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR and integrated arts into the Portland Public School curriculum through the Right Brain Initiative.
Carl is an internationally exhibiting artist and recipient of several artist grants. Carl’s artistic research has explored the personal through family photos and rites of passage. He has examined America’s dilemmas with Power through the literal (oil, coal, nuclear, hydro, solar) and perceived (social, spiritual, economic, political). Carl’s current research targets the megalomaniacal by examining their embellishment of truth and exaggeration of fact.
MFA, Photography, Video, New Media, PRATT INSTITUTE
Photography, Digital Media, COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO
BS, Applied Mathematics, KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
“Michelle Westmark creates 'A Reasonable Facsimile',” CITYPAGES, Minneapolis
“A Class Reaches Out and Touches High-Tech Art,” THE NEW YORK TIMES, New York
“6x5: senses,” TENSE FORMS, Chicago
“Winter 2006,” UBIQUITOUS LITERARY & ARTS MAGAZINE, Brooklyn
Curriculum Slam, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Chicago
Awards, Grants & Honors
Individual Artist Program Grant, CITY OF CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
The Scholastic Art and Writing Award, THE ALLIANCE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS AND WRITERS