Her parents, Irving and Tillie Chroman, were Eastern Europeans who immigrated to Chicago. Roselyne was the middle of three girls, two years older and two years younger).
Her father moved the family to Los Angeles to pursue real estate opportunities. She started, as a commuter to UCLA and then transferred to Cal as a sophomore. Within a year, Dick Swig and Cissie Chroman were married, and she had dropped out of school. They moved into an apartment on Anza, near the old Sears.
She had a house in Sea Cliff, four kids and a Dodge station wagon to haul them around in. But she also had an office with a secretary and an assistant on Belden Street, an alley in the Financial District. Roselyne C. Swig Artsource was not a gallery, because she wasn't selling anything. She was a facilitator.
Before long, Artsource was hanging art in office buildings, and the business still thrives on the eighth floor of the Keil Building on Kearny Street. Swig would probably still be running it if she hadn't been tapped for larger artistic duty in the Clinton administration.
The Swigs had done enough for the presidential campaign that after the Democratic victory in 1992 she was shown a list of appointments to choose from. The National Endowment for the Arts caught her eye, but that position was filled, so her second choice was as director of the Art in Embassies program under the U.S. State Department. Swig rented a home in Washington but she didn't even make it through Clinton's first term before Dick Swig suffered complications following a heart transplant.
One of the things she was going to get done was to start a second company, with an office four floors below her old business, Artsource. Roselyne C. Swig Community Consultants is not a for-profit business, and it is not a registered nonprofit.more » « less