It's not where you live, but how you're livin'. Lou Barlow, on stage at the Union Bar, Iowa CIty, IA, February 19, 1997.
Peter Happel Christian is an artist based in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He grew up in Eastern Iowa about an hour west of the Mississippi River and spent five years living in the American West which had a deep impact on his perceptions of history, nature, location, experience and representation. His expanded studio practice explores the experience of nature, time, and perception at the intersection of photography, sculpture and performance. Peter holds an MFA from the University of Oregon and a BFA from the University of Iowa. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Art Department at St. Cloud State University.
He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and it can be found in the collections of the Tucson Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography, San Francisco Art Institute artist book collection, Franklin Furnace Archive (Brooklyn) and the International Center for Photography Library (NYC), among others. He has received funding for his work through research grants at Youngstown State University (2007), an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council (2008), research grants at St. Cloud State University (2011, 2013, 2014), an Artist Career Development Grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board (FY 2015), and an Artist Initiative Grant for Photography from the Minnesota State Arts Board (FY 2015). He is a 2011-12 recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photography and a 2015 recipient of an Ansel Adams Fellowship from the Center for Creative Photography. His first monograph, Half Wild, was published by Conveyor Editions in September 2014. Since 2015, he has self-published a variety of photobooks and printed matter.