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EIU Tarble Arts Center

2023 Camille Compo Lecture: Amber Hawk Swanson 


Portrait of Amber Hawke Swanson

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 


Free and open to the public; refreshments served 

The Tarble is proud to partner with EIU’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program to host the Camille Compo Lecture Series with 2023 guest speaker Amber Hawk Swanson.  


Amber Hawk Swanson is the Creative Director and one of three co-creators of The Harmony Show. She teaches in the sculpture department of Rhode Island School of Design and is currently a doctoral student in performance studies at Brown University. Hawk Swanson received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a recipient of a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant and a Franklin Furnace Fund Grant, among others. As a performance artist, Amber Hawk Swanson has explored care, animacy, and desire in the context of queerness and disability. Her complementary scholarly interests focus on investigations of enabling objects and actions; technologized, roboticized, and transpeciated bodies and selves; animacy and animal intimacy; and worldmaking in the online forums and livestream channels that have served as the primary platforms for her work. Hawk Swanson’s practice has embodied these concerns through a material and conceptual engagement with captive marine mammals, silicone Dolls, and networks of care among the community of silicone Doll-loving men known as iDollators. 


Camille Compo began her career at EIU in the Office of Budget and Planning, retiring in 2001 as an Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of External Relations. The Camille Compo Lecture Series has been made possible by the estate of Camille Compo to honor her passion for learning, the arts, and her longtime commitment to the EIU Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.   



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Tarble Arts Center

2010 9th St.
Charleston, IL 61920

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