DepartmentArt Department
Biola AffiliationsEmployee, Faculty

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 an extensive 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, please 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 (Downers Grove: 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, eds. Thomas M. Crisp, Steve L. Porter, Gregg Ten Elshof (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014), 53–79.
  • Amos Yong with Jonathan A. Anderson, Renewing Christian Theology: Systematics for a Global Christianity (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014).

Articles

  • Jonathan A. Anderson and William A. Dyrness, “Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: Moving beyond Rookmaaker,” Radix Magazine 38, no. 1 (2015): 28–30.

  • 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.

  • 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, “The Suspension of Disbelief: A Meditation on Wim Botha’s Bible-Carved Crucifix,” CIVA SEEN Journal XIV.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 28, 2014): 30–33.

  • Jonathan A. Anderson, “Against Erasure: An Argument for the Preservation of Biola’s ‘Jesus Mural,’” Cultural Encounters 9, no.2 (2014): 69–75.

  • Jonathan A. Anderson, Robert S. Covolo, and Jason Leith, “Visual Art in the Church: A Conversation,” CIVA SEEN Journal XIII.2, False Rivals issue, edited by Taylor Worley (2013): 16–22.

Presentations

  • “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, 2015.
  • “Conceptualism and Painting,” California State University Long Beach, 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, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2013.

  • “Art as Ethical and Eschatological Action.” Symposium respondent and panel discussant, Making Good: Creation, the Arts, and the Kingdom, symposium featuring Trevor Hart and William Dyrness; Biola University, La Mirada, CA, 2013.

  • “Violence and Peace in Contemporary Art.” Symposium convener and moderator, Violence and Peace in Contemporary Art, 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 (in conjunction with 2012 CAA conference in Los Angeles); Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, CA, 2012.

  • “Rift: A Meditation on Representational Painting.” Visiting artist lecture at California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2011.

  • “Constructions.” Visiting artist lecture at George Fox University, Newberg, OR, 2009

  • Symposium moderator, On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art, symposium featuring James Elkins, Karen Kleinfelder, Daniel A. Siedell, Christina Valentine, Rachel Hostetter Smith, and Roger Feldman; Biola University, La Mirada, CA, 2008

Research Interests

  • Art Theory and Criticism
  • Theology of Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Visual Culture Studies

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