A n n a  K n e c h t  S c h w a r z e r


E d u c a t i o n

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, 2015

MFA Photography and Media  

Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT, 2011  

BA Visual Art/Photography and Feminist Studies  


R e s i d e n c i e s  a n d  A w a r d s

Nebraska Art Farm, 2015

Bartman Grant, CalArts, 2013-2015

Dean’s Reserve Grant, CalArts, 2013-2015

Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts,    2012

The William Davisson Prize, Marlboro College, 2011

Freeman Foundation Travel Grant, Tokyo/Kyoto, Japan, 2010


R e l a t e d E m p l o y m e n t

Co-Director and Co-Founder

Feminist Works Program , Valencia, CA, 2014- present

Developing, administering, and fundraising two part program that offers substantial fellowships to artists who engage feminism in their work and life and provides feminist events and programing for CalArts and the larger LA arts community. In this position I successfully pursued individual and institutional donors to raise $50,000 to sustainably fund the program for the next five years.  This program was designed to make a feminism an ingrained part of the infrastructure at CalArts.  The program was developed and implemented in reaction to a controversial, publicly known  rape case at CalArts..


Anti-Rape Activist

CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2014-2015

In reaction to a poorly handled rape case, I worked with other students to organize the largest protest in the history of CalArts. A school wide walk out, occupation of the administrative wing, and community meeting drew hundreds and began critical conversations of the communities personal and cultural relationships with rape culture. As an organizer I also worked to coordinate press coverage and  write literature for outreach.  Through this work I helped to found and lead a an unprecedented shared governance task force on sexual respect and design, petition funding for, and hire a sexual respect advocate for the school.


Artist’s Assistant

Ashley Hunt, Los Angeles, CA 2014-present  

Researching and cataloging information on US prisons, jails, and detention centers.  In this position I use my knowledge of the prison industrial complex to piece together a  complete profile of facilities from disparate sources.  This work requires investigative work,  reading through legal reports, and maintaining a carefully organized database.


Graduate Teaching Assistant

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia , CA, 2014-2015  

Assisting Ashley Hunt, Sune Woods, and Andrew Freeman with teaching and administration for the freshman photography seminar and critique classes.   This position included administrative and organizational duties, preparing for and helping to teach classes,  meeting with students one-on-one to help them with their work, and helping to curate two class shows.


Photography Teacher

In-Sight Photography Project, Brattleboro, VT, 2010-2013

Designing and implementing curriculums  for analog and digital photography classes for at-risk  11-18 year olds, regardless of their ability to pay.  In addition to teaching these classes at the In-Sight Facility, I also worked with local schools and traveled to different area facilities, including a mental health hospital,  to provide photography classes for teens.


A d d i t i o n a l    E m p l o y m e n t

Graduate Assistant- California Institute of the Arts, Valencia , CA, 2014

Assisting Shari Bond in her Alternative Processes practicum course.

Coordinator -Women’s Resource Center, Marlboro, VT, 2010-11

Promoting community wide feminist events and education

Artist’s Assistant - Tim Segar, Sculptor, Marlboro, VT,  2010-2011    

Sewing drawings onto large wood sculptures through carbon copies, drilled holes, and embroidery



I Still Get Dressed Thinking You Will Undress Me, Los Angeles, 2015

Seaton St. Screenings, Los Angeles 2014


S E L E C T E D  E X H I B I T I O N S

Group Shows

Ecologies, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2014    

Queer Arts Community Show,  CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2014        

MFA 2 Group Show,  CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2014

GLAMFA, University of California, Long Beach, CA, 2014

F to the Power of 3,  CalArts, Valencia, CA,  2013

Critical Findings  Dianich Gallery, Brattleboro, VT, 2013

In-Sight Annual Auction,  Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT,  2012  

Open Day,  Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Hallein, Austria, 2012

Solo Shows

Here You Can Neither Touch Nor Destroy, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2015

TimePiece,  CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2014

Salt Series, In-Sight Photography Project, Brattleboro, VT, 2012

Tracing Ghosts, Dianich Gallery, Brattleboro, VT,  Drury Gallery, Marlboro, VT, 2011


S k i l l s

Basic carpentry skills

Drawing, design

Adobe Photoshop, Bridge

Microsoft Office Suite

Embroidery, Sewing

Analog photography production and printing

Grant writing

Efficient organization and administrative work