Jonathan Anderson

Dr. Jonathan Anderson is an artist, art critic, and the Eugene and Jan Peterson Associate Professor of Theology and the Arts at Regent College in Vancouver, BC.

Anderson’s scholarship focuses on modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest in exploring its relations to religion and theology. He is the coauthor, with William Dyrness, of the book Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism (2016), named one of the best books of 2016 by Image journal. His essays include the chapter-length entry on “Modern Art” in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion (2021), “The (In)visibility of Theology in Contemporary Art Criticism” (2014). Trained as both an artist and a scholar, Anderson has an MFA from California State University Long Beach and a PhD from King’s College London. Prior to his appointment at Regent College, he was an associate professor of art at Biola University (La Mirada, CA) and the postdoctoral associate of theology and the visual arts at Duke University (Durham, NC).

FSA features an interview between Jonathan Anderson and James Elkins in our Inspirations entitled “The Strange Persistence of Religion and Contemporary Art.”