Arden Surdam is an L.A. based interdisciplinary artist working primarily in photography and digital media. She received her BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH and her MFA from CalArts in 2015.  She was recently named winner of Focus Photo L.A. at Photo Basel and has been an artist in residence at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Artfarm, Marquette, NE; and the Hilltop Residency, Val Verde, CA, among other venues. Surdam is actively involved in The Feminist Works Program Lecture Series at CalArts, Valencia, CA. Her work has been featured in Whitewall Magazine, BlouinArtInfo and The Eye of Photography.




Lives and works in Los Angeles


2015       MFA California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2010      BA Visual Arts, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH


2017       Solo Exhibition, Sloan Projects, Santa Monica, CA (forthcoming)
2016      Solid Liquid, The Situation Room, Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming)
              2017, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
              Seconds, Sloan Projects, Los Angeles, CA
              Photo Focus LA
2015      Studio Cooking, in collaboration with Meghan Gordon, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
              Fragment, UCLA Wight Biennial, Los Angeles, CA, 2015
              GLAMFA, 10th Annual Greater Los Angeles Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, Long Beach, CA
              Focus Photo L.A., Photo Basel, Ackermannshof Basel, Switzerland
              Untitled, 2015 CalArts MFA Show, Los Angeles, CA
              Introducing! Young California Photographer Award, Paris Photo, Los Angeles, CA
              Chasing Unicorns: Mythologies of Progress in American Landscapes, AEStudios, New York, NY
              How to Tell When Its Done, MFA Thesis Exhibition, CalArts, Valencia, CA
              Photo LA, 24th Annual International Photographic Exposition, Los Angeles, CA
               Art about Agriculture, Santa Paula Art Museum, CA
2014      The Body is a Machine, Queer Arts Collective, CalArts, Valencia, CA
              Pardon My Condition, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
              MFA 2 Mid-Residency Exhibition, CalArts, Valencia, CA
              To Tempt the Most Reluctant Appetites, MFA Mid-Res Solo Exhibition, CalArts, Valencia, CA
              Brand New Second Hand, SOME TIMES with Meghan Gordon, Los Angeles, CA
2013       Ecology is Dead, CalArts, Valencia, CA
               Untitled ArtProjects, Los Angeles, CA
2012       East End Photographers’ Group, Fall Exhibition, Southampton, NY
2011       Humankind, NYC PhotoFestival, PowerHouse Books, Brooklyn, NY
2010      Honey & Wounds, with Yujean Parks, Fisher Gallery, Oberlin, OH
2009     Six Principal Observations on Human Behavior, Coup d’oeil Art Consortium, New Orleans, LA
              PhotoNOLA, Jupiter Art Projects, Artist Collective, New Orleans, LA


2015 Women's Center for Creative Work Residency at the Armory, Pasadena, CA
              Grand Prize Winner, Focus Photo LA, Los Angeles, CA
              Finalist, Paris Photo LA Introducing! Young California Photographer Award, Los Angeles, CA
              Dean’s Reserve Grant, CalArts, Valencia, CA
              Equity & Diversity Grant, CalArts, Valencia CA
              The Feminist Works Program, Lecture Series in collaboration w/ Hannah Plotke & Anna Knecht, CalArts, Valencia, CA
2014      A Lived Practice: Artists as Changemakers, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
              Artist in Residence, ArtFarm, Marquette, NE
              Artist in Residence, Hilltop Residency, Val Verde, CA
              Student Affairs Project Grant, CalArts, Valencia, CA


Wagley, Catherine, In the Studio, Photograph Magazine
Alessi, Andrea,
Taste, ArtSlant Los Angeles, June 2016
Dennis, Caitlin,
Emerging Los Angeles Artists, FLAUNT Magazine, March 2016
Howard, Ellie,
Studio Cooking at Armory Center for the Arts, Elephant Magazine, November 2016
Alessi, Andrea,
What Do Artists Eat?, ArtSlant Los Angeles, November 2016
Yurshanksy, Jenny,
Mystic Pizza, Notes On Looking, November 2016
Linkof, Ryan,
Fragment, UCLA Fragment Exhibition Catalog, September 2015
Bartlett, Claudia, Special Exhibition: Focuse photo l.a., Photo Basel Catalog, June 2015
Lehrer-Graiwer, Sarah, The New Just-Past: 2015, The 2015 CalArts MFA Show Catalog, June 2015
Weisner, Christoph, INTRODUCING! PARIS PHOTO J. P. MORGAN, Paris Photo Catalog, April, 2015
Mermea, Jacqueline, Highlights from Paris Photo LA, BlouinArtInfo, May 1st, 2015
Paris Photo La: Introducing! Finalist: Arden Ellis Surdam, The Eye of Photography, April 28, 2015
Jordan, Eliza, Mythical Millenial Mindsets in “Chasing Unicorns,” Whitewall Magazine, April 21, 2011


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