Elissa Swanger was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California and currently lives and paints in New Jersey, where she is working to restore her grandparents’ home.  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. Most recently Swanger participated in exhibits at The Bowery Gallery, A.I.R. and The Knockdown Center in New York and The Center for Contemporary Art and Victory Hall in New Jersey.