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Alex Anderson - Artists - GAVLAK

b. 1990, Seattle, WA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Alex Anderson received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Chinese from Swarthmore College and his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Anderson previously studied at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China and was awarded a Fulbright Grant in affiliation with the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, where he continued his studies in ceramic art. His work has been exhibited internationally, and across the US and Southern California, including at Human Resources, Los Angeles, The Long Beach Museum of Art, and American Museum of Ceramic Art. 



2018    M.F.A. Ceramics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA                                                             

2015    Fulbright Grant, Ceramics and Ink Painting, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

2013    BFA Studio Art and Chinese, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA    

2011    Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China  


Solo Exhibitions

2021    The Gazing Pool, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

2020    Little Black Boy Makes Imperial Porcelains, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2018    Wonderland, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA


Group Exhibitions

2022    Alex Anderson and Michael Stamm, Deli Gallery, New York, NY

           Plush, Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX

2021    Clay Pop, Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, New York, NY

           Summer Group Exhibition, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach

2020    Spatial Recollections, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

           Summer Group Exhibition, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach

​            The Body, The Object, The Other, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

           18 LA Artists, Outono Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2019    The GAG, De Buck Gallery, New York, NY

           Youngbloods, Quotidian, Los Angeles, CA

           Inaugural Group Exhibition, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

           Lararium, Deli Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2018    China and US Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Wanlin Art Museum, Wuhan, China 

            Wonderland, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA

            Lore, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA

            The New Masters, Vol 1, RESIDENCY, Inglewood, CA

            Fahrenheit 2018, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA

            52nd-Annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) National Student Juried Exhibition, Pittsburgh Center
            for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

            Praxis, The Art Exchange, Long Beach, CA

            The New Contemporaries, Residenct Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            Human Resources, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

2017    Art Basel Miami Beach, Booth F24, Gavlak Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

            Meet Jingdezhen, China and US Academic Clay Works, Jingdezhen, China

            SoCal MFA Exhibition, Millard Sheets Art Center, Pomona, CA

            Fear Itself: Haunted Memories, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA

            Hotel Kalifornia, Galerie Lefebvre et Fils, Paris, France

            The Far Bazaar, Cerritos College, Cerritos, CA

2016    Without Design or Sketch: The Story of The Room, Launch LA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            What You See is What You Sweat, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

            50th-Annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) National Student Juried Exhibition, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

             Always a Body, Glass Box Gallery, University of California, Santa Barbara

             MFA Biennial Exhibition, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

2014   海内外艺术家作品展,山朗艺术空间 (Shanlang Art Dimension), Hangzhou, China

           2014 Hangzhou International Contemporary Ceramic Biennial Exhibition, China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

           Evergreen Association of Fine Arts 38th Annual Juried Exhibition, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA

           大道, Zhejiang Science and Technology Museum, Hangzhou, China

           四海藝同, China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou, China



2020     Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy, "Seriously Cute: Six Artists Harnessing the Power Dichotomy of Cuteness" Cultured, November 17, 2020

            Scarlet Cheng, "Alex Anderson, Just Like Gold", Artillery, November/December  2020 edition

            Andy Campbell, “Alex Anderson",  Art Forum, July 22, 2020

            Justin Kamp, "5 Must-See Ceramics Shows You Can View Online", Artsy, April 28, 2020

            Paul Laster, "Social Studies: 5 Artists Addressing Communal Concerns", Art and Object, April 28, 2020

            Julie Weitz, "Alex Anderson at Gavlak", Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, April 2, 2020

2019     Laster, Paul. "Lore Re-Imagined: Shadows of our Ancestors," Art Asian Pacific Magazine, April 2019.   

2018    Ollman, Leah. "The Disturbing Meets the Sweet in Alex Anderson's New Sculptures at Gavlak",  L.A. Times, July 4, 2018.

             “Wonderland,” Wall Street International, July 3, 2018.  

             “Alex Anderson’s “Wonderland” at Gavlak Los Angeles,” Blouin Artfinfo, June 22, 2018.

             Kunimatsu, Susan. “Lore Re-imagined at the Wing Luke Museum,” International Examiner, June 20, 2018.



2017    Laura Anderson Scholarship
            Edward J and Alice Mae Smith Scholarship
            UCLA Arts Council Award
            Lilian Levinson Foundation Scholarship
2016    ArtSlant Magazine, Best Artist Interview of 2016
            UCLA Arts Council Award
            NCECA Retired Professors Award
            UCLA Elaine Krown Klein Scholarship

2015    UCLA Graduate Opportunity Fellowship

2013    Fulbright Scholar (China), U.S. Department of State
            Frank Solomon Art Prize, Swarthmore College
2012    Arthur S. Obermayer '52 International Summer Internship Grant, Swarthmore College,

            The Orville and Pat Chatt Memorial Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts



Swarthmore College Inn

Swarthmore College McCabe Library

Swarthmore College Department of Studio Art

Swarthmore College Black Cultural Center



2017    Warehouse Art Center, Jingdezhen, China   

2014 -15  China Academy of Art MFA Studio, Hangzhou, China


Lectures & Demonstrations

2020   School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL

            Pomona College, Pomona, CA

            New York University, New York, NY

            Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

2018   University of Southern California (USC), Roski School of Art, Los Angeles, CA

            California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Long Beach, CA

2017   Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

            California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

2015    Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA



2017    Studio Visit Magazine issues 39 and 40

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