Bio

Jonathan Anderson is an artist, art critic, and professor based in London and Los Angeles. 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 presentations for the Theology, Modernity, and the Visual Arts project (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

PhD candidate (dissertation in process), Theology and Religious Studies
King's College London; London, UK
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
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