Portrait of Agneta Nilsson, Founder of SWEA

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SWEA, Swedish Women’s Educational Association Inc., is a global non-profit
organization for Swedish speaking women who live or have lived abroad. The organization was started by Agneta Nilsson in Los Angeles in 1979 and recently commissioned Inger Hodgson for this portrait of Agneta.

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Translated from http://vm2015.swea.org/rapporter-vm2015-arizona/en-tavla-till-nationalmuseum/: A portrait of Anders Nilsson, painted by her good friend and artist Inger Hodgson, will be included in the Swedish National Portrait Collection at Gripsholm Castle. The portrait was painted “live” in Manhattan Beach during 2013-2014. The painting is painted in oil on canvas with inserts of gold leaf, silver leaf, bronze and aluminum. Inger Hodgson trained at the Charles Cecil studio in Florence, 1984-86, and works in Höganäs and Malibu (www.ingersportraits.com). A generous anonymous donor funded the painting.

It is a great honor to be accepted and for the influence of Margaret Sikkens Ahlquist and Christina Moliteus the National Museum now accepted. The answer was: Agneta Nilsson is a person who is well worthy to be represented in the National Portrait Collection. SWEA International is an important organization for Sweden in the world and the world in Sweden. It is very kind of SWEA to offer a donation by Agneta Nilsson’s portraits and we are happy to accept the gift.

The painting was unveiled at the celebration evening at the World Summit in Arizona during the general cheers from the nearly 200 gathered Sweorna from all over the world. The painting will be handed over to the National Museum next summer.

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