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Randall Exon

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Professor of Art

On leave Fall 2021


  2. Phone: (610) 328-8086
  3. Beardsley 202
Randall Exon


M.A., M.F.A. in Painting, University of Iowa.
Skowhegan School of Painting
B.F.A. in Painting, Washburn University




ARTT 015 Painting I: The Landscape
ARTT 090 Senior Workshop I
ARTT 091 Senior Workshop II
ARTT 100 Painting I: Drawing into Painting
ARTT 110 Painting I: First Year Seminar
ARTT 120 Drawing II: Turning Corners, Drawing Architecture
ARTT 126 Painting II: Figure Composition
ARTT 175 Painting III: Critical Studeis in Studio
ARTT 210 Studio Architecture: Independent Thesis Project

Please view full course details in the online College Bulletin Course Catalog here.

Biographical Statement

Randall Exon is a representational painter whose work has centered on the landscape and the figure in the landscape. He was born in South Dakota and raised in Kansas and Oregon. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washburn University in 1978 and later attended the University of Iowa, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. He has been teaching at Swarthmore College since 1982 and is a Full Professor. He was awarded a Henry Luce Scholarship in 1985 and spent a year painting in Bali, Indonesia. Most recently, he was awarded the Thomas Benedict Clark Prize at the 179th Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum of Fine Arts, New York, N.Y.

Professor Exon is also a continuing Fellow at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, Ireland. Since the fall of 1997 he has returned each year for extended periods of time painting along the northwest coast of Mayo. Exon has had one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom. He is currently represented by Hirscl and Adler Modern in New York.

In his paintings, Exon is interested in the ways in which memory and dreams inform us about the past. Evocation is his primary goal as a "realist," rather than accuracy. Most of his paintings are fictions made up entirely from collected sources and/or personal experience and memory.

Exhibitions / Gallery Affiliations

Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY

Charles More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Lavit Gallery, County Cork, Ireland