Swenson's artwork and films have been exhibited internationally and
she has received numerous awards and grants, one of them the Creative
Work Fund, seeding production on her feature length social justice
film. “Mission Movie” is a fictional adaptation of true-life stories
from the Mission District of San Francisco and was screened
internationally, winning five awards, two for Best of Festival.
Swenson also served as producer and assistant director on
"Strange Culture", a film by Lynn HershmanLeeson. Most
recently she was Filmmaker in Residence at the deYoung Museum where
she produced an alternative iPhone tour entitled
Swenson has been a media arts theory and production instructor and an active member in Bay Area media arts since the 1980s. In 1984 she co-founded ATA, (Artists' Television Access), a non-profit media arts access, exhibition and education facility. She then went on to serve for many years on the ATA board as President and was also a Film Arts Foundation board member and a member of the SF Art Institute Artists' Committee. In 1995 Swenson founded TILT (Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools), a nonprofit that works within school programs and community organizations to teach the fundamentals of media literacy and moviemaking.