Irja Bodén (b. 1960, Kiruna, Sweden) earned a B.F.A. from SUNY Potsdam and a B.A. from Lund University, Sweden. In the 1990s, she moved to New York City, working as a student and studio assistant in various ceramic studios. 

Solo and two-person exhibitions include the Al Held Foundation, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NY, and Smallbany Gallery. In 2023, Bodén had her second solo exhibition, Constellations, at Amos Eno Gallery.  Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY; Al Held Foundation, Boiceville, NY; Art+Nature+Home with Upstate Diary, Stone Ridge, NY; University Place Gallery, Cambridge, MA; Samuel Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, NY, and Kin, Museum for Contemporary Art, Kiruna, Sweden. 

Bodén has been awarded residencies, grants, and fellowships, including NES AiR, Iceland, Studios at MASS MoCA, the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, and the NYSCA Public Art Fellowship. The artist lives in Hudson Valley, NY, and maintains an active studio practice.



Born in Kiruna, Sweden

Lives and works in Hudson Valley, NY


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Arts, magna cum laude, SUNY Potsdam, New York

Bachelor of Arts, Social Science, Lund University, Sweden


2024 Curious Arias, Two-person Exhibit,  Art Bites Gallery, High Falls, NY

2023 Irja Bodén: Constellations, Amos Eno Gallery, Bushwick, NY

2022 Irja Bodén: To Dress a Ptarmigan, Al Held Foundation in partnership with River Valley Arts Collective, Boiceville, NY
2022 Ceramics and Collage, Two-person Exhibit, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NY

2021 Irja Bodén: ”Blah, blah, blah,” Smallbany Gallery, Albany, NY
2021 Irja Bodén: Fractured Light, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2021 Irja Bodén: Virtual solo platform, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

2017 Interwoven, Two-person Exhibit, Roxbury Arts Group: Walt Meade Gallery, Roxbury, NY


2023  NES, Artist in Residency, Skagastrand, Iceland

2023  Essay: “The Evocative Landscape of Irja Bodén’s Ceramic Sculptures” by Emireth Herrera Valdés 

2023  Review: "A Related Harmony of Living Potential” Online Journal, Zero Thought to Z,  by Stephen Gambello

2023  Feature in Ceramics Now, Constellations, Amos Eno Gallery, NYC

2022  Artists of Hudson-Mohawk Region Exhibition, Catalogue, and Portfolio Photography Award, Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY

2022  Featured Artist Interview, Upstate Diary Magazine: Issue 15
2022  Byrdcliffe Artist in Residency, Woodstock, NY

2021  AiR Studios at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

2021  White Columns, Curated Artist Registry, ongoing

2021  Artist Resource Trust Fund, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, MA

2019-2023  Member of Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2018, 2017  Vermont Studio Center, Artist’s Grant and Residency, Johnson, VT
2017  Public Art Fellowship, New York State Council of the Arts, NY
2000, 2003, 2007  Special Opportunity Stipend (SOS), NYS Foundation for the Arts, NY

2000  Workshop Residency, Haystack School of Crafts, MA

1996  Ceramic Residency, October-November, Penland School of Crafts, NC

1990s  Studio Assistant in various ceramic studios, NYC, NY


2024 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: Women in Sculpture, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2024 Metamorphosis, Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, NY

2024 Spring Mix: Varietals + Vases, Art Bites Gallery, High Falls, NY

2024 Convergence, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild's Member Show, Woodstock, NY

2024  The Back Room, Art Bites, High Falls, NY

2023  inFORM, Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, NY

2023  Holiday, LABspace, Hillsdale, New York

2022  Split and Becloud,  The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York

2022  On the Grounds, a site-specific outdoor installation,  Al Held Foundation in partnership with River Valley Arts Collective, Boiceville, NY
2022  ART+NATURE+HOME ‘22, Upstate Diary, Stone Ridge, New York

2022  Holiday, LABspace, Hillsdale, New York
2021  Radius 50, Woodstock Artist Assoc. & Museum, Woodstock, New York
2021  Embody, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, Connecticut

2020  The Immigrant Artist Biennial, Here Together! /The Imminent Arrival, New York
2020  New Folk: Hudson Valley Artists, Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, New York

2020  National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Assoc: University Place Gallery, Massachusetts

2019  En  Vacker Utställning, Kin, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiruna, Sweden

2018  Land and Sea, Main Street Arts Gallery, Clifton Springs, New York

2017  Northeast Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition, Art Centro, Poughkeepsie, NY

2014  Invitational Exhibit, Pleiades Gallery, New York City, NY

2007  North Country Regional, Gibson Gallery, SUNY Potsdam, New York


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Irja Bodén

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