Elissa Swanger was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California and currently lives and works in New Jersey.  She earned her BA from Swarthmore College, PA and MFA from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.  Her work as been exhibited at Hunter College, Moravian College,The Artists Space in NYC , Ground Floor Gallery in NYC and the ICO gallery in NYC and is in private collections in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia and New York.