BA in Social Science, University of Michigan
MFA in Photography, California Institute of the Arts


Alex Slade is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography, sculpture, and media.  Since receiving his MFA from CalArts in 1993, he has been looking at various aspects of the landscape with an eye turned toward the urban system, its economy, and the perceptual field it engenders.  Recent projects have focused on the disappearing modernist moment in architecture and shifting patterns of development in both the city and its inexorably linked countryside.  A suite of photographs documenting the recent large-scale building projects in downtown LA were featured in the 2017 California-Pacific Triennial.  He has taught at Otis since 2000. 

Photograph by Alex Slade
Photograph by Alex Slade
Photograph by Alex Slade


  • Otis Faculty Development Grants: 2013 and 2022
  • City of LA Individual Artist Fellowship
  • California Community Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship

Professional Accomplishments/Exhibitions:  

  • California-Pacific Triennial Orange County Museum of Art 2017
  • The Whole Earth California and the Disappearance of the Outside, at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin in 2013; 
  • Eloi:Stumbling Toward Paradise at the California Museum of Photography, 2007; 
  • Tomorrowland, Calarts in Moving Pictures at the Museum of Modern Art, 2006;
  • Liverpool Biennial of 1999,
  • Prague Biennial of 2003 
  • Snapshot – New Art from Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum in 2001