DepartmentDepartment of Art
Biola AffiliationsFaculty
Websitehttp://jonathan-anderson.com/

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Degrees

  • M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach
  • B.S., Biola University

Biography

Jonathan Anderson is an artist, art critic, and associate professor of art at Biola University, where he has been teaching since 2006. His artworks explore the capacities and limitations of representational painting and 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). For more information, visit jonathan-anderson.com.

Publications (Selected)

Book and Book Chapters

  • Jonathan A. Anderson and William A. Dyrness, Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism (IVP Academic, 2016).
  • Jonathan A. Anderson, “The (In)visibility of Theology in Contemporary Art Criticism,” in Christian Scholarship in the Twenty-First Century: Prospects and Perils, ed. Thomas M. Crisp, Steve L. Porter, Gregg Ten Elshof (Eerdmans, 2014), 53–79.
  • Jonathan A. Anderson, “On the Strange Place of Religious Writing in Contemporary Art,” in Contemporary Art and the Church: A Conversation between Two Worlds, ed. W. David O. Taylor and Taylor Worley (IVP Academic, 2017).
  • Amos Yong with Jonathan A. Anderson, Renewing Christian Theology: Systematics for a Global Christianity (Baylor University Press, 2014).

Articles

  • Jonathan A. Anderson, “Silence in an Age of Mass Media: John Cage and the Art of Living,” ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies 28, no. 2 (2017): 29–37.
  • Jonathan A. Anderson, “Contingency and Faithfulness: Francis Alÿs and the (Re)presentation of St. Fabiola,” Religion and the Arts 18, no. 1–2 (2014): 269–289.
  • Jonathan A. Anderson, “Suspending Disbelief: Wim Botha’s Crucifix,” CIVA SEEN Journal 14, no .1, South Africa issue (2014): 22–23.
  • Amos Yong and Jonathan A. Anderson, “Painting Pentecost: The Spirit-filled Art of Sawai Chinnawong,” The Christian Century 131, no.11 (May 2014): 30–33.
  • Jonathan A. Anderson, review of The Operation of Grace: Further Essays on Art, Faith, and Mystery by Gregory Wolfe, Christian Scholar’s Review 46, no. 3 (Spring 2017): 289–291.
  • Jonathan A. Anderson, review of Through Your Eyes: Dialogues on the Paintings of Bruce Herman by G. Walter Hansen and Bruce Herman, Themelios 40, no. 3 (Dec 2015): 573–574.

Presentations

  • “Postsecularity and the Return of Religion in Contemporary Art Criticism,” keynote presentation for the 2017 Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA) national meeting, A Strange Place Still?: Religion in Contemporary Art, Union League Club, New York, NY (2017).
  • “Art in a Postsecular Age,” convener and moderator for the 2017 Biola Arts Symposium, hosted by the Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts (featuring James Elkins, Sally Promey, Matthew Milliner, Jeffrey Kosky, Lori Branch, Edgar Arceneaux, Amanda Hamilton, and Stuart Krimko), Biola University, La Mirada, CA (2017).
  • “The Retrieval of Theology in the Artwork of Kris Martin,” paper presented at the 2017 biennial CIVA conference, Theology and the Visual Arts track, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA (2017).
  • Panel review of Modern Art and the Life of a Culture, American Academy of Religion (AAR) annual conference, Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies (SARTS), San Antonio, TX (2016).
  • Panel review of Modern Art and the Life of a Culture, Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) annual conference, Theological Aesthetics group, San Antonio, TX (2016).
  • “Works of Love: Kierkegaard, Visual Culture, and Contemporary Art,” paper presented at the 2016 Center for Christian Thought Table Conference: Love and Humility in Politics, Biola University, La Mirada, CA (2016).
  • “Visual Theology in a Global Context,” Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA (2016).
  • “Hugo Ball and the Theology of Zurich Dada,” paper presented at the 2015 biennial CIVA conference, Theology and the Visual Arts track, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI (2015).
  • “Conceptualism and Painting,” California State University, Long Beach, CA (2015).
  • “Singing Bodies: Musical Theology in the work of contemporary artist Tim Hawkinson,” paper presented at the Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship conference, Institute for Sacred Music, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2013).
  • “Violence and Peace in Contemporary Art,” convener and moderator for the 2013 Biola Arts Symposium (featuring David Bentley Hart, Anne Wilkes Tucker, Bobette Buster, and Lia Chavez), Biola University, La Mirada, CA (2013).
  • “The (In)visibility of Theology in Contemporary Art Criticism,” paper presented at the Center for Christian Thought conference: Christian Scholarship in the 21st Century: Prospects and Perils, Biola University, La Mirada, CA (2012).
  • “Contingency and Faithfulness: Francis Alÿs and the (Re)presentation of St. Fabiola,” paper presented at the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art Conference: Christianity and Latin American Art: Apprehension, Appropriation, Assimilation, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, CA (2012).
  • “Rift: A Meditation on Representational Painting,” California State University, Long Beach, CA (2011).

Research Interests

  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Art Theory and Criticism
  • Religious and Theological Studies within the Arts

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