Ivan Schwartz is the founder and director of StudioEIS. He is a sculptor, painter, and designer with a keen interest in American history and the use of sculpture in the development of our national symbols, and explores the possibilities of visual language as a storyteller.
With a degree in Sculpture from The College of Fine Arts at Boston University, he packed up and spent a year working in Pietrasanta, Italy, in the early 1970s. He was the recipient of a distinguished Alumni award from Boston University in 2003 and has shown his work in New York since 1981. Ivan was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts until the end of 2009 and was also a founding board member of Art Omi, an international art workshop. He was also President of Innovators in America from 2009-2011, working closely with Sir Harold Evans and Sarah Frank. Ivan’s visual memoir, Scratching the Surface, was published in 2021. The Studio EIS archive was donated to the Briscoe Center in June of 2022.