After years working alongside his dad at the family bronze foundry, Qwist received his BFA from Colorado State University and his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2016, he was selected as an emerging artist by Ceramics Monthly magazine and awarded a summer residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. He currently lives in Southern California where he teaches sculpture and ceramics at the University of Redlands. Qwist has shown nationally and internationally, and has been commissioned to create public works in California and Colorado. He most recently was on a year long grant at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program and last year was a NCECA Emerging Artist.