Swanson Contemporary Gallery

After 21 years as a mainstay in the Nulu East Market District, it’s time to close up shop. We will be selling all art held in storage at a majorly discounted price.


Swanson Contemporary began operating in the spring of 1998 as only the second gallery in what is now referred to as Louisville’s “NuLu.” For the past eighteen years the gallery has showcased contemporary national and regional artists with an emphasis on energetic and challenging works in video, installation, photography, conceptual art, painting, performance, and sculpture.

Although the gallery frequently operates in a way that would seem consistent with a nonprofit space, the gallery director, Chuck Swanson, takes particular pleasure in furthering the careers of both talented committed younger artists and older artists by introducing their work to larger audiences and serious collectors.
Rodney Hatfield aka Art Snake exhibit
Shayne Hull installation

The gallery generally has ten exhibits a year on its main level, about half of them solo shows, occasionally utilizing a guest curator. There is also a lower level video and installation space and an outdoor sculpture garden.

George Chaplin

Benjamin Cook

Andrew Cozzens

Barbara Crawford

Teri Dryden

Linda Erzinger

Rodney Hatfield

Jacob Heustis

David Iacovazzi-Pau

Thaniel Ion Lee

Marco Logsdon

Douglas Lucas

Daniel Pfalzgraf

Patrick Smith