Bio, CV, and Contact Info.



Irja Bodén (b. 1960, Kiruna, Sweden) explores the combined ceramic forms stacked or nested with imprints and signs visible beneath a thick glaze. Her work begins on the wheel and transforms into an abstract sculpture with a unique narrative. Bodén earned a B.F.A. from SUNY Potsdam and a B.A. from Lund University, Sweden. The artist has participated in solo exhibitions at Al Held Foundation, Boiceville, NY, curated by Alyson Baker of River Valley Arts Collective; Amos Eno Gallery, N.Y.C.; Smallbany Gallery, Albany, NY; Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT and a two-person exhibit at Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NY, among others. In 2023, Bodén had her second solo exhibition, Constellations, at Amos Eno Gallery. Bodén has participated in various group exhibitions, such as the Al Held Foundation; Art+Nature+Home with Upstate Diary, Stone Ridge, NY; Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY; and Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY. Bodén has also been awarded residencies, grants, and fellowships, including Byrdcliffe Artist Residency, Studios at MASS MoCA, the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, and the NYSCA Public Art Fellowship. Bodén lives in N.Y.'s Hudson Valley, where she maintains an active studio-ceramic practice.

Image credit: Upstate Diary/Guzman



Born in Kiruna, Sweden, 

Lives and works in Ghent, NY


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

Bachelor of Arts, Social Science, Lund University, Sweden


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

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

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, Ceramics, Woodstock, NY

2021  Foundworks, Artist Registry, ongoing

2021  Studios at MASS MoCA, AiR, North Adams, MA

2021  White Columns, Curated Artist Registry, ongoing

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


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 Valley, 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

CONSTELLATIONS, Amos Eno Gallery, Spring, 2023


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