John Grade received his BFA from the Pratt Institute, NY in 1992, and has traveled extensively following his graduation, gaining critical exposure to the cultures and environments that have come to shape his artistic vision. Over the past decade, Grade has earned numerous grants and awards, including two 4Culture Special Projects Grants, three Artists Trust Foundation GAP grants, a Washington State Arts Commission and Artist Trust Foundation fellowship, an Andy Warhol Foundation Award, a Tiffany Foundation Award and residencies throughout the US and abroad. He has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums nationwide and his work has been featured in Art in America, Sculpture, The Boston Globe, and on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Studio 360”.
Grade’s perennial focus is on environmentally related works, often inspired and extracted from microscopic points of view, that range from monumental (interior and exterior) installations to a more moderate scale. His 2013 installations for The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), Seattle, and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, will be followed by several multi-location projects in Portland.