“Art should be one of the tools by which we improve our world” - Alain de Botton
“When we stand in front of a good piece of art, it’s as if the artwork is seeing us, not the other way around” - Olafur Eliasson
“Innovation is seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought” -
Albert von Szent-Györgyi
The Schweizer Foundation for Art and Innovation (SFAI) is a private nonprofit organization aimed at supporting artists and thinkers (without limitation regarding origin, ethnicity, gender, race, etc.) through residencies and grants. SFAI further seeks to promote the work of artists and thinkers through colloquia, exhibitions, performances, and publications.
SFAI identifies artists, innovators, and intellectuals worldwide as recipients of sponsored residencies at the Schweizer residency in Pennsylvania. Recipients of the SFAI residency will be provided with the cost of transportation (internationally and locally), accommodation, food and utilities for the duration of 2-4 weeks. More than one artist/thinker can stay at the residency at any given time.
SFAI also provides networking, outreach, publication, and exhibition opportunities for artists and thinkers. Specifically, SFAI can represent artists to galleries, exhibition spaces, and other forums to promote their work.
SFAI is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization defined as a Private Operating Foundation. Donations to SFAI are tax deductible.
Officers & Duties
Liang and Bernard Schweizer are the two directors of SFAI, with Bernard serving as Executive Director. The Executive Director shall carry out the mission of SFAI, publicize its programs worldwide, act as artist representative, organize events and exhibitions, edit publications related to the mission of SFAI, and perform all other tasks associated with the practical running of the organization. The directors shall select the recipients of SFAI residencies/grants, either from a pool of applicants or by appointment.
At their discretion, the two directors can appoint other directors who would provide input and advice as well as financial support for SFAI.