Szweda earned an MFA in painting from the University of Maryland, a BFA, magna cum laude from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. She has taught art Howard Community College, Columbia, MD, at the Gibbes Museum Studio in Charleston, SC and privately. Her work has won numerous prizes in juried art shows. Her mixed media entry won First Prize in the 2002 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Show, Charleston, SC. One of Szweda’s paintings is in the Collection, “An American Album,” permanently installed in the library of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. Many of her works are part of private and corporate art collections. One piece is published In Barbara Hagerty’s book, Handbags, A Woman’s Most Trusted Accessory.