Margaret Sweany (1928-2012) was born in Logansport, IN. Her early love and talent for drawing drove her to be the first female drafting student in her high school. She was intrigued by engineering, architecture and constructing useful solutions for spatial needs. Her talents encompassed both two and three-dimensional work. Her first employment was as a technician in a photo studio, and she remained an avid photographer throughout her life.
Margaret attended John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana where she met and married Paul J Sweany. Together they raised four daughters in an environment saturated by creativity, art and music.
Margaret is best known for her outstanding ceramic sculpture. She taught clay courses at the Indianapolis Art Center, where she and Paul were active teacher/members for over 50 years. When they retired to Bloomington in 1999 she began experimenting with oil paints and creating collages from old magazines and photos. Her paintings reflect her love of Italy and Greece, formed during her travels to Europe with Paul. Her lively collage work highlights Margaret’s wonderful wit and sense of humor.