Norah Swartz: Wanderlust on View in The Garment District West 38th Street Exhibition Window




Street view of’ Wanderlust’. Image courtesy Norah Swartz.

The Garment District Alliance is providing a young aspiring artist with a platform to shine as part of its latest public art exhibit titled Wanderlust, featuring 18 mixed-media works created by Philadelphia-based student Norah Swartz.

Located in a street-level window at 215 West 38th Street, the free exhibit is accessible to the public through September 2nd. Wanderlust is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations and over 17 years has produced more than 200 installations, exhibits and performances.

In the studio with one of the creations for ‘Wanderlust’. Image courtesy Norah Swartz.

We are proud to present Swartz’s dynamic exhibit as part of our series of public art installations,” said Barbara A. Blair, president of the Garment District Alliance. “The installation features wonderful pieces by an aspiring artist that are sure to spark creativity in all who pass by. We look forward to seeing all that is to come from Swartz in the future, and we encourage the public to visit the Garment District this summer to be inspired.”

Through a collection of several mixed-media works, Wanderlust represents the courage it takes to persevere through the challenges of life, and the importance of being surrounded by individuals who are encouraging and supportive. Swartz created the pieces in different classes throughout her junior year, utilizing varying methods and materials including glass, ink, clay, glaze and watercolor. Through the installation, Swartz aims to demonstrate how the positive influence of the right people can help individuals pursue their dreams.

In the window on West 38th Street, ‘Wanderlust’. Image courtesy Norah Swartz.

Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Swartz is a visual artist and rising senior at Springfield Township High School. She specializes in mixed-media and 3D compositions including ceramics, sculpture and glasswork. Swartz has exhibited at the Wharton Esherick print show and earned first place at the Springfield Township High Festival of Arts 3D competition for her life-size self-portrait sculpture.

The Garment District is home to diverse business sectors from technology to hospitality and includes thousands of people working in the creative economy, including fine and performing artists, designers, architects, photographers and more than a hundred theaters, galleries, performance spaces and studios.

In the West 38th Street window of the installation ‘Wanderlust’ with image courtesy of Norah Swartz

The Garment District Allianc is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1993 to improve the quality of life and economic vitality of Manhattan’s Garment District. Through programs in the areas of streetscape improvements, sanitation and public safety, marketing and promotions, economic development, and community service, the Garment District Alliance supports the neighborhood’s transformation into a modern, 24/7 destination for dining, nightlife, hotels and unique office space.  For more information on the Garment District Alliance’s many art initiatives and plaza programming,

While you’re in the Garment District, don’t miss Santi Flores: HERE, 14 giant sculptures located on Broadway between 38th and 41st Streets. These wonderful, whimsical characters will be on view through October 23, 2022.

Heading north to Duffy Square (Where 7th Ave meets Broadway at 46th Street), you will view Charles Gaines: Roots ~ a sculptural installation of seven American Sweetgum trees, painted and resented with the root systems intact and upside down! On view to September 23, 2022.