Alison Frey Andersson

High School Ceramics Teacher


B.A., University of Oregon
M.F.A., Studio Art, Post Baccalaureate, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Teacher since 2020

How many years have you worked at Oak Grove?

2020 was my first year teaching at Oak Grove.

Why do you work at Oak Grove?

Working at Oak Grove means being surrounded by good people working together to learn and grow. It’s a special place.

A quote that inspires your approach to your job.

“…you can’t really teach art, you can just sort of set the stage for it.” – John Baldessari

Where is your special spot on campus?

The walking path up the hill from the street.

Coffee or Tea?

Super-milky, sweet coffee.

What makes an Oak Grove education unique?

At Oak Grove students learn about themselves as much as about the world.

How do we prepare students for their life ahead?

Giving students a strong emotional and academic foundation allows them to thrive in whatever comes next. An understanding through teaching and travel that they are citizens of a larger world.

What outdoor experience has been most impactful for you?

Surfing, an Outward Bound course I took in college, and hiking a live volcano in Bali at sunrise.

The best live music performance/concert you ever attended is …

David Byrne in Chicago days after 9/11.

Which teacher in your life affected you greatly? How?

A visiting artist in grad school who told me that “it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do it well.” That has been sort of a mantra ever since. And my high school ceramics teacher who gave me the confidence to be an artist.

Name something that nobody knows about you.

I’m not bad at golf.

Person (dead or alive, famous or not) that you’d most like to share a meal with.

My mother-in-law.

Name a place you’ve always wanted to visit, but haven’t yet.

Southern India.

Share a hilarious or bizarre OGS experience.

When Lucky, the resident hawk, flew right at me and landed a couple feet away while we stared at each other.