Bio

Jonathan Anderson is an artist, art critic, and associate professor of art at Biola University. Focusing on the figure-ground relationship in painting, his artworks explore the capacities and limits of representation. His works have been featured in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States. In addition to his studio practice, Anderson maintains a research and writing practice focused on modern and contemporary art criticism, with a particular interest in exploring its relations to religion and theology. Professor Anderson has given scholarly presentations at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University (Society for Christian Scholarship in Music) and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art), and he has received research fellowships from the Center for Christian Thought and the Nagel Institute. He has contributed to various books and journals, and most recently is the coauthor with theologian William Dyrness of the book Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism (IVP Academic, 2016).

Born 1977 in Colorado
Lives and works in Long Beach, CA

EDUCATION

2004 MFA, Studio Arts: Drawing and Painting
California State University Long Beach; Long Beach, CA
Distinguished Achievement Award for Creative Activity in Drawing & Painting
2000 BS, Studio Arts: Drawing and Painting
Biola University; La Mirada, CA
Torrey Honors Institute
summa cum laude
1998 Roehampton Institute
University of Surrey; London, England

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2006-
Associate Professor of Art, Biola University; La Mirada, CA
ARTS 107: Drawing 1
ARTS 108: Figure Studies 1
ARTS 319: Figure Studies 2
ARTS 308: Painting 2
ARTS 413: Painting 3
ARTS 116: Survey of Western Art History 1 (Prehistoric through Medieval)
ARTS 126: Survey of Western Art History 2 (Renaissance through Romanticism)
ARTS 315: Contemporary Art Trends (1945 to the present)
ARTS 410: Art History Seminar: Interterm Study Abroad Trip to Italy
ARTS 410: IRIS Seminar: Film and Art History (co-taught)
BBST 465: Integration Seminar: Contemporary Art and Theology (co-taught)
YMDT 490: Torrey Honors Institute Seminar: Theology of Spatial Relations
2006
Adjunct Instructor, California State University Long Beach; Long Beach, CA
ART 383: Intermediate Life Painting
2005
Adjunct Instructor, California State University Dominguez Hills; Carson, CA
ART 170: 2D Composition
ART 373: Life Drawing I

AWARDS & HONORS

2013 R5 Seminar South Africa: 10 American artists, 10 African artists, 2-week research seminar in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town, South Africa
2012 Research Fellowship, Center for Christian Thought, Biola University
2011
Artist Residency, Whale & Star Studio; Miami, FL

Visiting Professor, Rivendell Sanctuary; two-week art history module in Florence, Italy
2010 Prism Award, highest award given by the Public Relations Society of America, given for the LA Metro’s "Through the Eyes of Local Artists" neighborhood projects, featuring Gardena (Jonathan Anderson), Little Tokyo and USC/Expo Park

HOW Magazine award for the LA Metro’s "Through the Eyes of Local Artists" neighborhood projects, featuring Gardena (Jonathan Anderson), Little Tokyo and USC/Expo Park

Faculty Research & Development Grant, Biola University
2004 Distinguished Achievement Award for Creative Activity in Drawing & Painting, College of the Arts, California State University Long Beach
2002 Baker Foundation Scholarship

PRESENTATIONS

2016 panel review of Modern Art and the Life of a Culture, Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies (SARTS), American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting; San Antonio, TX

panel review of Modern Art and the Life of a Culture, Theological Aesthetics group, Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) Annual Meeting; San Antonio, TX

“Works of Love: Kierkegaard, Visual Culture, and Contemporary Art,” The Table Conference: Love and Humility in Politics, Center for Christian Thought, Biola University, La Mirada, CA

“Visual Theology in a Global Context,” Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA

“Lessons from South Africa: The Image of Jesus and the Way of the Cross,” Asbury University, Wilmore, KY

“Between the Shadow and the Light,” Bethel University, Minneapolis, MN

“Always You were Calling Me: A Meditation on Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life,” Torrey Honors lecture series, Biola University, La Mirada, CA; featured on The Film Stage
2015 “Hugo Ball and the Theology of Zurich Dada,” Theology and the Visual Arts Track, and plenary session respondent, “A Conversation Between Contemporary Art and the Church,” 2015 biennial CIVA conference; Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

“Conceptualism and Painting,” California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
2014
“Cultural Conversation: Contemporary Art and the Return of Religion,” video-recorded discussion featuring Matthew Milliner and Jonathan Anderson; Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
2013 “Singing Bodies: Musical Theology in the work of contemporary artist Tim Hawkinson,” 2013 Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship Conference (keynote Jeremy Begbie); Yale Institute of Sacred Music, New Haven, CT

"Violence and Peace in Contemporary Art," symposium featuring David Bentley Hart, Anne Wilkes Tucker, Bobette Buster, and Lia Chavez; Biola University, La Mirada, CA

“Art as Ethical and Eschatological Action,” and panel discussant, Making Good: Creation, the Arts, and the Kingdom, symposium featuring Trevor Hart and William Dyrness; Biola University, La Mirada, CA

“Understanding Abstract Expressionism (and its Disputed Significance),” View From the Edge lecture series, Downey Arts Coalition and the Downey Art Museum; Apollo Park, Downey, CA
2012 “The (In)visibility of Theology in Contemporary Art Criticism,” 2012 Center for Christian Thought Conference: Christian Scholarship in the 21st century: Prospects and Perils (also featuring Nicholas Wolterstorff, Alvin Plantinga, George Hunsinger, Amos Yong, Elizabeth Lewis Hall, Paul Moser, Craig Slane, Dariusz M. Bryćko, Brad Christerson, and Natasha Duquette); Biola University, La Mirada, CA

“Contingency and Faithfulness: Francis Alÿs and the (Re)presentation of St. Fabiola,” 2012 national conference for the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art, Christianity and Latin American Art: Apprehension, Appropriation, Assimilation (in conjunction with 2012 CAA conference in Los Angeles); Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, CA
2011 “Rift: A Meditation on Representational Painting,” California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
2009 “Constructions,” George Fox University, Newberg, OR

“Impasse: A Meditation on Representational Painting,” in conjunction with solo exhibition Impasse, Biola University, La Mirada, CA

“Is the B-I-B-L-E Making a Comeback in Popular Art?: Religious Belief and Contemporary Art,” featuring James Elkins, Ena Heller, and Jonathan Anderson, The Sandbox Monthly podcast, moderated & produced by Barak Wright

“Spatial Thinking: An Introduction to Art History,” Wheatstone Academy, La Mirada, CA “Spatial Thinking: An Introduction to Art History,” Wheatstone Academy, La Mirada, CA
2008 “Groundings: A Meditation on Representational Painting,” in conjunction with solo exhibition Groundings, The 930 Art Gallery, Louisville, KY

“Impasse: A Meditation on Representational Painting,” Fire and Ice: Literary Paradox and the Search for Truth, Western Region Conference on Christianity & Literature, Biola University, La Mirada, CA

“On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art” and “Vocation and the Artist of Faith,” moderated panel discussions including James Elkins, Karen Kleinfelder, Daniel A. Siedell, Rachel Hostetter Smith, Roger Feldman, Christina Valentine; Biola University, La Mirada, CA