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A Man And His Mosaics: Owatonna Native Michael Swere Stumbled Onto A Profession In The Art World Starting, With All Things, Cereal Boxes, Melissa F. Kaelin
Melissa F. Kaelin
Sweere is a mosaic artist. It’s a profession he stumbled upon after about 20 years of work as an art director for an advertising agency. For decades, he designed packaging for companies like ConAgra, General Mills and Pillsbury — work which resulted in piles of cereal boxes and other assorted samples lying around his office and his home. Anxious to reuse and recycle, Sweere saved the samples for a rainy day, and soon began to tease artwork out of them.