Jonathan VanDyke is a visual artist working at the intersection of painting and performance, with an emphasis on a queer, collaborative, and embodied practice. He grew up in the countryside in Pennsylvania in the US and has been based in New York City since 2001.
VanDyke studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow as the recipient of a Rotary International Fellowship. He received his MFA from The Milton Avery School at Bard College. He was a resident at the Atlantic Center for the Arts through a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, where he was mentored by the artist Paul Pfeiffer. In 2008 he attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, where he studied with Harmony Hammond, Julianne Swartz, Charles Gaines, Francis Cape, and Yun Fei Ji.
Solo exhibitions and installations have appeared at 1/9unosunove in Rome, Loock Galerie Berlin, Tops Gallery in Memphis, Four Boxes Gallery in Denmark, NADA New York, Scaramouche in New York, abc berlin, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Islip Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts at FSU, The University of Rochester Hartnett Gallery, Goodyear Gallery at Dickinson College, and fivesevendelle in Boston, among others. Recent solo performances and commissions have appeared at The Columbus Museum in Georgia, Storm King Art Center, Este Arte in Uruguay, The Power Plant in Toronto, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, The National Academy Museum in New York, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and Knockdown Center in Queens, NY. His work has been featured in many group exhibitions, including Queer Abstraction, a major survey at The Des Moines Art Center, and reviewed and featured in many publications, including Art Forum, Art Papers, Modern Painters, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Out New York, T Magazine, Bomb, and Art Review, and Mia Le Journal.
He has been a resident at many institutions, including Yaddo, The Hans Scharoun House of the Ferdinand Moller Foundation in Germany, Qwatz in Rome, and at The William Penn Performing Arts Institute through a major Artists & Communities grant from The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.
VanDyke has served as a Visiting Faculty Fellow at The University of Chicago, Illinois State University, The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies, Krabbesholm Academy in Denmark, and The University of Alaska Fairbanks, and has been a visiting artist and critic at many institutions, including CalArts, Columbia University, Florida State University, The Museum School in Boston, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Parsons The New School, Tyler School of Art Rome, and the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He has taught recently at the Pig Iron/University of the Arts MFA program in Devised Performance; at Mass Art (Low Res MFA program in Studio Art and graduate programs); in the Cornell University Spring Semester in NY; and as a Visiting Critic at The GWU / Corcoran School BFA program.
In the fall of 2022 he will join the undergraduate faculty of Bard College as an Artist in Residence in Studio Arts.
VanDyke designs and leads workshops focused upon embodied creative practice and mindfulness, and these have been presented at many institutions internationally, including recent sessions at Mount Holyoke College, Dickinson College, The Currier Museum, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and The Museum of the North.