Syracuse University

Carole Swid Eisner


Carole Swid Eisner ’58 is a painter and a sculptor whose elegant sculptures made from scrap and recycled metal have been exhibited in dozens of public parks, corporate plazas, cultural centers, museums, and waterfronts in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Florida, as well as in Belgium and France.

A member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists of New Caanan, Connecticut, Eisner has had more than 20 solo shows and 20 group shows. Her work is held in private, public, and corporate collections, including those of the Guggenheim Museum, Knoll International, Southeast Banking Corporation in Miami, and the Northstar Reinsurance Company, Seattle. She has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Who’s Who in American Art, Vogue, and New York Newsday.

Eisner received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the College of Arts and Sciences. After graduation, she launched a career in New York’s fashion industry, winning distinction as one of Mademoiselle magazine’s 10 outstanding young women in 1961. She was a sketcher for several New York City designers and created junior sportswear and dress lines for Juniorite.

In support of Syracuse University, Eisner and her brother, Stephen Swid, named a room in the Shaffer Art Building in honor of their mother, the late Selma Claar Swid. Through the Eisner Family Foundation, Eisner and her husband, Richard, are annual donors to the University.

In addition, Eisner has been generous in sharing her artwork with the University community. She has had two solo exhibitions at Lubin House, and permanently loaned four of her works to the University, including Swoosh, which was placed in Forman Park on the Connective Corridor, and Dogon, which adorns the lawn of the Comstock Art Facility. In 2012, Eisner agreed to donate Swoosh to the University. And with her permission, the remaining two sculptures were loaned to Onondaga Community College to forge a relationship between the two schools and their sculpture programs.