I was born in North Carolina and got taller in Virginia. As an adult, I became a life-long child of New Orleans. My more formative artistic study took place at the Governor’s Magnet School for the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of New Orleans, where I earned an MFA.
In all of my recent work I have culled the rich fantasies, daydreams, misconceptions and experiences of childhood and re-contextualized them through the filters of adulthood, experience and education. This effort has been made in an attempt to plumb the depths of the creative and comprehensive naiveté of youth; to illustrate, in engaging and serio-comic ways, the role of fantasy, “othering” and conflict in nascent self-awareness; and, through the time honored tradition of solipsistic navel gazing, to pick gently at the loose thread of wistful escapism inherent in a quiet, down hill slide into maturity.
The central character in my works is usually found lost in a reverie of industriousness, paired with doppelganger or other machinations of his childish imagination. In concert, these figures toil at understanding, through experimentation or illustration, existential perplexities ranging from possibly surmountable commonplaces – e.g. What is loneliness and how is it combated? – To metaphysical impossibilities – e.g. Who is this god dude? And is he a hero? Like Superman? Or soldiers? Or knights on horseback? And what does hero mean anyway? Of course, no traction will really ever be gained with these pursuits. These boys and toys and bunny/man chimera will be forever locked in the Sisyphean toil of misapplication, miscomprehension and misunderstanding.
- Distractions & Follies: New Finished Works in Progress — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition — One year, site-specific installation, Juried by Willie Cole. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
- Tender Age: Works by Joy Christiansen Erb and Alex Podesta — Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Broward College (Davie, FL)
- Jumper — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- Mostlymades: Finished Works in Progress — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- I vs. I (Tanner Stage II) — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- BOYS/BUNNIES/SINGLES/DOUBLES — Isaac Delgado Gallery of Fine Arts (New Orleans, LA)
- Victory: a Multi-Part Paean to the Just and Right Hegemony of All Good Creatures Over the Wicked Unicorn Menace — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- Alex Podesta: Collages — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- City Watch — two-year outdoor installation, Falstaff building roof (New Orleans, LA)
- Bunnies, Barbies and Beasties — Curated by Andy Antippas. Barrister's Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
- Copies and Doubles — Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
- MirrorMirror — University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
- Corporal Works + Self-Reality — Project (Witchita, KS)
Selected Group Exhibitions:
- Self-Portrait as Bunnies (Idol) @ Makeshift Innaugural — Makeshift Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
- NOLA Conceptual — Curated by John Isaiah Walton (New Orleans, LA)
- The Front Takes Charm City — Curated by Brooke Pickett and Alex Podesta. Open Spaces Artist Run Art Fair at Artscape (Baltimore, MD)
- Moleskin Mailer Collaboration — Tempus Projects (Tampa, FL)
- Shift Change — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- Megalomania 4: A New Hope — Boyd Satellite (New Orleans, LA)
- Carry On (Part Two) — Feral (Mexico City, Mexico)
- Carry On (Part One) — Breve (Mexico City, Mexico)
- PhotoNola:2015 - Means, Motive, Opportunity — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- Outside Influence — Treo Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
- Scope Miami, 2015 — Untitled Projects (Miami Beach, FL)
- Louisiana Contemporary — Curated by Brooke Davis Anderson. Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, LA)
- Straight Shot — Curated by Brooke Pickett and Jamie Sollock. MASS Gallery (Austin, TX)
- 60 Americans — Curated by Noah Becker, Terrence Sanders & Alexander Venet. Elga Zimmer Gallery (New York, NY)
- ArtFields 2015 — R.O.B. (Lake City, SC)
- REPARATION: Contemporary Artists from New Orleans — Curated by Diego Cortez. New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, LA)
- Prospect.3+ — Curated by Karen Crain. The Parlor (New Orleans, LA)
- Back to The Front — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- Artprize 2014 — Curated by The Arts Council of New Orleans. Floating Installation. Grand River. (Grand Rapids, MI)
- True Colors — Curated by Holis Hannan. Antenna Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
- Aesthetic Affairs — Curated by Emily Lovejoy. Inner Recess. (New Orleans, LA)
- Back of Town — Curated by Hannah Wiessner. Treo Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
- The Front in Tokyo — Art Lab Akiba & Makii Masaru Fine Arts (Tokyo, Japan)
- Alumni Exhibition - Alex Podesta, Nina Schwanse, Monica Zeringue — Curated by Rebecca Reynolds. UNO St. Claude Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
- Year in Review 2013 — See.Me Exhibition Space (Long Island City, NY)
- Face Time — Curated by Brian Guidry and Mary Beyt. Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, LA)
- CSA: 40 Years of Community-Sourced Art — Curated by Laura Roulet. Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA)
- 18 & Life — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- Scope, Miami: 2013 - Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series — South Miami Beach Oceanfront (Miami Beach, FL)
- Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series - Art for Art's Sake — L'entrepot (New Orleans, LA)
- RWE1: The Front at Auburn University — Curated by Morgana King. Biggin Gallery, Auburn University. (Auburn, AL)
- Presence — Curated by Emily Lovejoy. The Big Top. (New Orleans, LA)
- The Front: Union, Justice, Confidence — Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA)
- Scope, New York: 2013 — Skylight at Moynihan Station at New York Post Office (New York City, NY)
- New Lease — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- (e)merge — 2nd Annual (e)merge Art Fair. Capitol Skyline Hotel. (Washington, DC)
- Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) — Curated by Laura Richens. Carroll Gallery, Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
- The Front at UAB — Curated by John Fields. University of Alabama, Birmingham. (Birmingham, AL)
- Louisiana Contemporary — Curated by Rene Barilleaux. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, LA)
- NOLANOW: The Human Figure — Curated by Don Marshall. Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
- Southern Open 2012 — Curated by Rene Barilleaux. Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, LA)
- Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children — Curated by Amy Mackie. Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
- Everything All at Once — Antenna Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
- Chain Letter — Curated by Christian Cummings and Doug Harvey. Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
- Love, The Front — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- Drop City: The Front vs. Team Lump — LUMP (Raleigh, NC)
- Black Gold — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- EMERGE: St. Claude Arts District and Beyond: 41 New Orleans Artists from The Saratoga Collection — Curated by Terrence Sanders and David Houston. Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, LA)
- Prospect.1.5: Everyday Hybrid — Curated by Dan Cameron. Isaac Delgado Gallery of Fine Arts (New Orleans, LA)
- Postcards from New Orleans — Curated by Christopher Saucedo. The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- Postcards from New Orleans — Curated by Christopher Saucedo. Galerie im Andechshof (Innsbruck, Austria)
- ReFresh — The Front (New Orleans, LA)
- Two Eyes, a Nose and a Mouth — Curated by Christopher Saucedo. UNO Saint Claude Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
- Postcards From the CAC — Curated by Dan Cameron. Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
- St. Claude Collective: a Prospect.1 Satellite Exhibition — Curated by Andy Antippas. Universal Furniture (New Orleans, LA)
- Bizer, Fields, Jones, Podesta — Curated by Arthur Roger. Arthur Roger Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
- FabricFashionFantasy — Curated by Clayton Colvin. Space 301 (Mobile, AL)
- Podesta, Fields, Zeringue — Galerie im Andechshof (Innsbruck, Austria)
- It’s OK to Hang Out — University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
- Atypical Portraiture — Curated by Dan Tague. Barrister’s Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
- Works in Progress — University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
- Senior Thesis Show — University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
- Group Show — The Mermaid (New Orleans, LA)
- Tiny Works for the Ages — Project (Wichita, KS)
- Relationship of Body and Self — Cooper Street Gallery (Memphis, TN)
- Tiny Works Little Licks — Project (Wichita, KS)
- No Dead Artists — Curated by Jonathan Ferrara. Positive Space (New Orleans, LA)
- Group Show — Curated by Jody Crotts. Bicycle Gallery (Richmond, VA)
- Second Place in Out of the Box at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art from Juror Willie Cole.
- Top 5 Finalist for Installation, Artprize 2014. Juror Ariel Saldivar.
- Guest Curator/Juror. Free for the Taking. UNO St. Claude Gallery (New Orleans, LA)
- Recipient of a Frey Foundation Artist Seed Grant for Artprize 2014.
- Honorable Mention. Dave Bown Projects 8th Semiannual Competition. Juried by Cindy Buckner, Al Miner, Margot Norton.
- See.Me Year in Review 2013 Finalist.
- Bombay Artisan Series. 2013 First Place Winner.
- Artists Wanted. Finalist for Art Takes Miami, 2012.
- Juror's Choice Second Place. Southern Open 2012. Juror Rene Barilleaux.
- Artists Wanted, Finalist, 2011 Year in Review.
- Recipient of a commission for public work in New Orleans from the Arts Council of New Orleans and Joan Mitchell Foundation, May 2008.
- Recipient of a Louisiana Cultural Economic Fund Grant, May 2008.
- Recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, April 2008.
- Panelist for FabricFashionFantasy – Space 301 (Mobile, AL). October 12th, 2007.
- Nominated for a 2007 Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award.
- Artist in Residence, July 2007, City of Innsbruck, Austria.
- Nominated for a 2007 Dedalus Foundation Fellowship.
- Museum Bunnies Cleaned by Original Artist. Kressie Kornis. The Auburn Plainsman, October 13th, 2016.
- Art With Ideas. Nemo. Arte-Walk.Blogspot.com, September 16th, 2016.
- Review: On the Lively St. Claude Gallery Scene, a New Year Full of Art. John d'Addario. The New Orleans Advocate, January 13th, 2016.
- Miami Art Week 2015: Scope Miami Beach Recap. Caro. hifructose.com, December 7th, 2015.
- Wise Follies - Alex Podesta, Distractions and Follies: New Finished Works in Progress. Emily Farranto. VillageDisco.com, October 28th, 2015.
- Outdoor sculptures adorn Jule Collins Smith Museum through 2016. Sara Falligant. Opelika Auburn News, oanow.com, October 19th, 2015.
- Ogden Announces Big Louisiana Group Show Lineup for White Linen Night. Doug McCash. nola.com, July 8th, 2015.
- Grown Men Dressed as Fluffy Bunnies Playing with Toy Rabbits. Katy Cowan. CreativeBoom.co.uk, February 26th, 2015.
- Bunny-man artist serious, whimsical. Renée Peck. The New Orleans Advocate, December 28th, 2014.
- Virtual gallery: Inside the Podesta studio. Hanna Rasanen. NolaVie.com, December 17th, 2014.
- The tale of the Podesta bunny men. Renée Peck. NolaVie.com, Devember 15th, 2014.
- Glumly Industrious: An Interview with Alex Podesta . Nick Stillman. PelicanBomb.com, October 30th, 2014.
- Bye, Bye Bunnies. Todd Chance. mlive.com, October 15th, 2014.
- The Early Star Attraction of ArtPrize 2014 in Grand Rapids. Banana Don. witl.com, October 1st, 2014.
- Grand Old Party: At Michigan’s ArtPrize, the Country’s Biggest Art Award. Andrew Russeth. artnews.com, October 1st, 2014.
- ArtPrize jurors show their respect for Grand Rapids with Shortlist. Joseph Becherer. mlive.com, October 1st, 2014.
- 5 ArtPrize 2014 entries both jurors and voters are talking about. Juanski. http://michigan.icito.com, September 30th, 2014.
- Early hours: Outdoor venues provide art opportunities beyond official ArtPrize hours. Holly Bechiri. TheRapidian.org, September 30th, 2014.
- ArtPrize 2014's Jurors' Shortlist surprises: From bunnies in Grand River to a cheeky musical. Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk. mlive.com, September 30th, 2014.
- See the ArtPrize 2014 Jurors' Shortlist: Top 25 entries, venues. Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk. mlive.com, September 29th, 2014.
- ArtPrize 2014: Meet the 20 artists in the Jurors' Shortlist. John Serba. mlive.com, September 29th, 2014.
- New Orleans artist wows Grand Rapids with weird aquatic bunnies, website reports. Doug MacCash. nola.com, September 24th, 2014.
- Bunnies as bathers in the Grand River. Chris Clark. mlive.com, September 22nd, 2014.
- In the Grand River for ArtPrize 2014: Floating bunnies as bathers. Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk. mlive.com, September 22nd, 2014.
- New Orleans Public Art Tour: Sculptures. Emily Ramirez Hernandez. GoNOLA.com, September 18th, 2014.
- Arts Council of New Orleans Sends Artist Alex Podesta to ArtPrize. artscouncilneworleans.org, September 19th, 2014.
- ArtPrize Closes Connection Period for 2014 Event. Artprize news release.. wjrwam.com, June 20th, 2014.
- Alex Podesta’s Sculptures of Bunny Men Examine Childlike Play . Nastia Voynovskaya. hifructose.com, May 20th, 2014.
- Alex Podesta’s Life-Sized Sculptures Of Men Dressed In Bunny Suits. Sara Barnes. BeautifulDecay.com, May 1st, 2014.
- Grand Curator. Review: UNO St. Claude Gallery's Alumni Exhibition. Cheryl Castjohn. NOLADefender.com, April 27th, 2014.
- WETA Around Town | CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art. Robert Aubry Davis, Janis Goodman & Peter Winant. Washington DC Public Television Station, WETA 26, March 19th, 2014.
- Alex Podesta in Arlington’s CSA Retrospective. Alyssa Greenberg. TheArtBlog.org, March 15th, 2014.
- Art review: 'CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art'. Michael O'Sullivan. The Washington Post, February 27th, 2014.
- View from the Street. Adam Falik. ART+DESIGN, Winter, 2013.
- The Figurative and the Conceptual. Adam Falik. ART+DESIGN, Fall, 2013.
- (e)merge Art Fair - Review of Last Year's Show. Lavanya Ramanathan of The Washington Post. NBC, DC News Affiliate, Channel 4, September 26th, 2013.
- News from Julia and more in New Orleans. Nemo. Art E-Walk, September 10th, 2013.
- Union, Justice and Confidence – From New Orleans, The Front comes to Vox Populi. Alyssa Greenberg. theartblog.org, June 24, 2013.
- Notable Shows on N. 11th. Philadelphia Inquirer, June 16, 2013.
- SCOPE Art Show Editor’s Picks. Laura Itzkowitz. UntappedCities.com, March 11th, 2013.
- Former Rebel Scope Art Fair Brings a More Subtle, Refined Array of Quality Works. Sara Roffino. ArtInfo.com, March, 7th, 2013.
- Wallpaper* City Guide: New Orleans. Nathan C. Martin. Phaidon Press Limited, 2012.
- Emerging Again: DC's (e)merge Goes into Its Second Year. Mathew Smith. NewAmericanPaintings.com, October 11th, 2012.
- Photos: Emerge Art Fair Preview. Matt Dunn. WashingtonCityPaper.com, October 5th, 2012.
- (e)merge Takes Over the Capitol Skyline Hotel. Brandon Wetherbee. HuffingtonPost.com, October 5th, 2012.
- Photos: Emerge Art Fair in DC. Joshua Yospyn. DC's ABC Network Affiliate, wjla.com, October 5th, 2012.
- DC's (e)merge Arts Festival Puts the Eclectic Front and Center. Mark Jenkins. WashingtonPost.com, October 5th, 2012.
- Photos: (e)merge Art Fair Now Open. Dakota Fine. BrightestYoungThings.com, October 5th, 2012.
- The (e)merge Art Fair: A Look at This Year's Artists. WashingtonPost.com, September 21st, 2012.
- Admiring the Art of Rabbit Scientists. Linda Stelter. The Birmingham News, September 19th, 2012.
- Parish Chic: Birmingham Edition. Street Photeaux. Kasimu Harris. OxfordAmerican.org, September 18th, 2012.
- The Only Stair That Doesn't Creak: the Southern Open. Reggie Michael Rodrigue. OxfordAmerican.org, June 19th, 2012.
- Lost Art. Charles Maldonado, Photos by Cheryl Gerber. Gambit Weekly, June 5th, 2012.
- Sculptures on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. Blake Ponchartrain. Gambit Weekly, May 22, 2012.
- Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children. Eric Bookhardt. Art Papers, May, 2012.
- Mysterious Disappearances Stun Art Community. Eric Bookhardt. InsideNola.com, April 29th, 2012.
- St. Claude Exposed. Brad Rhines. NolaDefender.com, March, 2012.
- The Artist as Philanthropist. Eileen Kinsella. ARTnews, January, 2012.
- A Central City Cavalcade of Bunny Men. Sharon Litwin. NoLa.com, August 2nd, 2011.
- Rabbit Hole Revisited. Rachel Dainer-Best. NolaDefender.com, December 16th, 2010.
- I Don’t Hate It!. Jack Pendarvis (Photo: Jonathan Traviesa). Oxford American, The Future Issue: Fall, 2010.
- Who Are the “Rabbit Men” on Falstaff Brewery?. Blake Ponchartrain. Gambit Weekly, April 12th, 2010.
- A Good Time for Bunnies. Clifford McPeek. Examiner.com, March 24th, 2010.
- 5 Questions with Alex Podesta. Richard A. Webster. New Orleans City Business, December 5th, 2009.
- Can Sculpture Save New Orleans: Three Audacious Plans Make an Attempt at Recovery. Doug MacCash. Sculpture, May, 2009.
- Art in Public Places. DVD, Tungsten Monkey Productions, 2009.
- Where Art Thou?. Doug MacCash. Times Picayune, April 5th, 2009.
- Who’s Watching these Watchmen?. Pete Ponchartrain. MyBigEasyLife.com, January 22nd, 2009.
- Attack of the Bunny Men. Dale Hrebrik. Art Voices Magazine, December, 2008.
- Hop Art. Michael DeMocker. Times Picayune, November 8th, 2008.
- 21 Public Art Installations. Dan Tague. Art Voices Magazine, June, 2008.
- Bizer, Fields, Jones, Podesta. Bizer, Fields, Jones, Podesta, February, 2008.
- Curioser and Curioser. Doug MacCash. Times Picayune, August 17th, 2007.
- Spotlight: Summer Art Exchange. Mike Rivault. The University of New Orleans Magazine, Summer, 2007.
- Fabric of the Art. Doug MacCash. Times Picayune, August 3rd, 2007.
- UNO Artists to Serve as Cultural Ambassadors. Times Picayune, June 26th, 2007.
- Podesta, Fields, Zeringue. Show Catalog. University of New Orleans, May, 2007.
- In Your Face. D. Eric Bookhardt. Gambit Weekly, March 14th, 2006.