Bio

Jonathan Anderson is an artist and art critic currently based in London and Los Angeles, where he is an associate professor of art at Biola University. In addition to his studio practice, Anderson's research and writing focuses on modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest in exploring its relations to religion and theology. He 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), and he has contributed to various books and journals, including essays on the work of John Cage, Francis Alÿs, Kris Martin, Rachel Whiteread, Wim Botha, and others. Professor Anderson is a regular speaker and lecturer, and has given scholarly presentations for the Theology, Modernity, and the Visual Arts project (hosted at Royal Academy of Arts, London), the Association for Art History (Courtauld Institute of Art, London), the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music (Yale University, New Haven), and the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles). He is currently working on a PhD at King's College London.

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

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2006–
Associate Professor of Art, Biola University; La Mirada, CA (tenured)
ARTS 107  Drawing 1
ARTS 108  Figure Studies 1
ARTS 319  Figure Studies 2
ARTS 308  Painting 2
ARTS 413  Painting 3
ARTS 116  History of Western Art 1: Prehistoric–Medieval
ARTS 126  History of Western Art 2: Renaissance–Romanticism
ARTS 315  Contemporary Art Trends: 1945–present
BBST 465  Contemporary Art and Theology (co-taught)
ARTS 410  Art History Travel Seminar: Italy
ARTS 410  Art History Travel Seminar: London–Paris
ARTS 100  IRIS Seminar: Film and Theology (co-taught) 
YMDT490  Torrey Honors Seminar: Theology of Spatial Relations
2016–17
Executive Director, Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts, Biola University; La Mirada, CA
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 1

AWARDS & HONORS

2016
Book of the Year Award of Merit in Culture and the Arts, Christianity Today, for Modern Art and the Life of a Culture, coauthored with William A. Dyrness

Top Ten Books of 2016, Image Journal, for Modern Art and the Life of a Culture, coauthored with William A. Dyrness
2014 Founder’s Award Alumnus of the Year, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University
2013 Research Fellowship, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, R5 Visual Arts Seminar in 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, "Christian Scholarship in the Twenty-first Century: Prospects and Perils," 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
2004 Distinguished Achievement Award for Creative Activity in Drawing & Painting, College of the Arts, California State University Long Beach
2002 Baker Foundation Scholarship

EXHIBITIONS

2014-18 Between the Shadow and the Light, five works in a group exhibition of 20 artists, curated by Rachel Hostetter Smith. This exhibition opened in Sept 2014 at Xavier University and the George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art in New Orleans and then travels to university galleries throughout North America, including Calvin College, University of St. Thomas, Bethel University, etc.
2017 Jonathan Anderson: Constructions, curated by Jason Leith, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA, July-Aug
2010–16 Work: Curse or Calling?, group exhibition of 31 artists, juried by Joel Zwart (director of exhibitions at Calvin College). This exhibition opened at Evangel University in Springfield, MO, and then travels to university galleries throughout North America
2015
Yesterday’s Future, one work in a group exhibition, curated by Grace Kook-Anderson, Orange County Great Park Gallery, Irvine, CA, June–Sept
2011–14 Encountering Place, United States Embassy Residence, Wellington, New Zealand; group exhibition featuring 7 artists from the United States and 6 from New Zealand, curated by Nathan Huff and James Brown, commissioned by the US State Department's "Art in Embassies" program for the duration of Ambassador David Huebner's term
2011 Resonant Vision, The 930 Art Gallery, Louisville, KY; group exhibition featuring 9 artists (including Dayton Castleman, Tim Lowly, Greg King, Alison Stigora, et al.), curated by Michael Winters, Mar–Apr

Excavations and Constructions: Jonathan Anderson and Nathan Huff, Sixpack Projects at Phantom Galleries, Long Beach, CA; two-person exhibition, curated by Jeff Rau (Sixpack Projects), Jan–Feb
2010 Gardena Neighborhood Project commission, Los Angeles Metro System, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Jonathan Anderson: Constructions & Kurt Simonson: Northwoods Journal, Minthorne Art Gallery, George Fox University; Newberg, OR; two-person exhibition, Nov

Impasse: Recent Paintings by Jonathan Anderson, Biola University Art Gallery; La Mirada, CA
Solo exhibition, Aug–Sept

Culture?, CIVA biennial national conference, Bethel University, Minneapolis, MN; juried group exhibition, juried by Daniel A. Siedell (Professor of Art History & Criticism at University of Nebraska, Omaha), June

Out of School: Work by Selected Faculty from Southern California's Leading Art Schools, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA; invitational group exhibition (21 artists, including Roger Herman, Doug Harvey, Caroline Clerc, etc.), Jan–Feb
2008 Groundings: Paintings by Jonathan Anderson, The 930 Art Gallery, Louisville, KY; solo exhibition, July–Aug

Through a Glass Dimly, Biola University Art Gallery, La Mirada, CA; group exhibition, Feb–Mar
2007 Reflections: Self-Portraits by Biola Students & Faculty, La Mirada, CA; group exhibition, Dec

Discourses: Selected Works 2003-2006, Broadlind, Long Beach, CA; solo exhibition, Mar–May

Art LA 2007, represented by Gallery De Soto, Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, CA, Jan
2006 Public Face, Cal National Bank, Long Beach, CA; installation organized by ((Echo)) Long Beach, June

City of Angels, City of Art, a benefit auction for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, directed by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, represented by Gallery De Soto, Marvimon, Los Angeles, CA; Group Exhibition, May

Best In Show, Gallery De Soto, Los Angeles, CA; group exhibition, Apr–May

Groundings, A Shenere Velt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; solo exhibition, Mar–Apr

Systematics: Theologies of Complexity, CSU Long Beach Werby Gallery, Long Beach, CA; group exhibition, curated by Jonathan Anderson, organized by ((Echo)) Long Beach, Mar

Biola University Faculty Exhibition, Biola University Art Gallery, La Mirada, CA; group exhibition, Feb

Art LA 2006, represented by Gallery De Soto, Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, CA, Jan
2005 The World in Their Eye: CSUDH Faculty Exhibition, University Art Gallery, CSU Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA; Group exhibition, curated by Kathy Zimmerer, Oct–Nov

Memorability, Koo's Art Center, Long Beach, CA; group exhibition, curated by Jonathan Anderson, organized by ((Echo)) Long Beach, June–July

The Human Figure, Long Beach Arts Gallery, Long Beach, CA; group exhibition, juried by Domenic Cretara (professor of Drawing/Painting at CSU Long Beach), May–June

Sacred Discontent: A Traveler's Guide to the Apocalyptic, Platform West Gallery, Long Beach, CA; group exhibition, curated by Jonathan Anderson, organized by ((Echo)) Long Beach, Mar–Apr
2004 Revealing/Reviling, Viento y Agua Gallery, Long Beach, CA; group exhibition, Oct

Regime Change, A Shenere Velt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; group exhibition, juried by Eric Gordon, Sept–Oct

Talking In Circles, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; group exhibition, June–July

47th Annual International Exhibition
, Museum of the Living Artist, Balboa Park (San Diego Art Institute), San Diego, CA; group exhibition, juried by Peter Gordon (curator at the San Jose Museum of Art), May–June

Hand Picked: Young Artist Alumni Show, Biola University Art Gallery, La Mirada, CA; group exhibition, juried by Mary Kay Lombino (curator of exhibitions at the University Art Museum, CSULB), Feb

Explorations in Faith and Form, Damah Gallery, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT; group exhibition, curated by Ira Lippke, Jan

Inner Worlds, Beacon Street Studio, Venice, CA; group exhibition, curated by Venice Art Collective, Jan
2003 Veritas, SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; solo exhibition, Dec–Jan

A Meditation On Noble Intentions, Max L. Gatov Gallery, CSU Long Beach, Long Beach, CA; solo MFA thesis exhibition, Nov

Insights, California State University Long Beach Art Museum, Long Beach, CA; juried group exhibition, May
2002 M.F.A.A.S., Max L. Gatov Gallery, CSU Long Beach, Long Beach, CA; juried group exhibition, Nov

Body::Mined, Max L. Gatov Gallery, CSU Long Beach, Long Beach, CA; juried group exhibition, Nov

America
, Second City Council Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA; group exhibition, juried by Betti-Sue Hertz (curator of contemporary art at the San Diego Museum of Art), June–July

Insights, California State University Long Beach Art Museum, Long Beach, CA; juried group exhibition, May

Decay:Regeneration, Labrys Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA; group exhibition, Apr
2001 CSULB Graduate Students, Second City Council Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA; juried group exhibition, Nov

Nucleus, Grand Canyon University Art Gallery, Phoenix, AZ; group exhibition, curated by Tim Timmerman, Oct–Nov

Color and Process, Labrys Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA; group exhibition, June–Aug

The Already and the Not Yet, The Veritas Forum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; group exhibition, Apr
2000 Subversive Studios, Buena Park, CA; group exhibition, Nov

In ternal Blue, Biola University Art Gallery, La Mirada, CA; solo Bachelor's thesis exhibition, May