Born in Missouri in 1984 and currently based in Hong Kong, Samuel Adam Swope is an artist known for his ‘aerial art’, through which he invents novel situations. For him, aerial art is a practice that integrates flight or levitation as a means of visual expression and air or gas as a physical medium. He believes that, with innovative techniques and increasing accessibility of contemporary flight technologies, a more radical and spectacular form of aerial art is possible. Swope received his BA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in sculpture from Missouri State University in 2007, and his MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. He is currently a guest lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.