Grade lives and works in Seattle, WA. He creates large-scale sculptures that are exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and outdoors in urban spaces and nature. His projects are designed to change over time and often involve collaboration with large groups of people to build and install. Grade is a recipient of the Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Tiffany Foundation Award, an Andy Warhol Foundation Award, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants, the Arlene Schnitzer Prize from the Portland Art Museum (Oregon), and an Arts Innovator Award from Artist Trust in Washington. For his View From Up Here installation, Grade made multiple trips to the Arctic in both Alaska and Iceland.