Brandon Sward is an artist, performer, writer, and doctoral student at the University of Chicago who lives and works in Big Timber, Montana. He was a quarterfinalist for Ruminate Magazine's 2018 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize, an honorable mention for the 47th New Millennium Writing Awards, a finalist for the 48th New Millennium Writing Awards, and was shortlisted for Disquiet International's 2020 Literary Prize. His work has been awarded residencies by Alternative Worksite, the Hambidge Center, Main Street Arts, NAVE, the Sundress Academy for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Wassaic Project, and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Group exhibitions include: "Angelespuma" at NAVE in Guayllabamba, Ecuador; "Seasons Change" at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY; and "Utopian Living" at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock, NY. His criticism has appeared in Flash Art, BOMB Magazine, The Point, aqnb, Hyperallergic, the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Review, Contemporary And, Newcity, The Seen, ASAP/J, and Post45: Contemporaries. He has served as a visiting critic in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago, and given talks at the Smart Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center.