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, place, and representation. His expanded studio practice examines nature, time, labor, and perception at the intersection of photography and sculpture. Peter holds an MFA from the University of Oregon and a BFA from the University of Iowa. He has taught at St. Cloud State University since 2009 and currently serves as Professor of Integrated Media in the Art Department.
Happel Christian has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and hosted tables at the New York Art Book Fair, Chicago Art Book Fair, and Pitch Project Art Book Fair in Milwaukee. His works 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 support for his work through research grants at Youngstown State University (2007), an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council (2008), research grants at Saint Cloud State University (2011, 2013, 2014, 2017), 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, a 2015 recipient of an Ansel Adams Fellowship from the Center for Creative Photography, and the 2016 recipient of the Chrysalis Focus Fellowship from AIR Serenbe. A long-term collaborative project, AA, produced under the name Clear As Day with Phillip Andrew Lewis, received a 2017 Visual Arts Fund grant from Midway Contemporary Art and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. His first monograph, Half Wild, was published by Conveyor Editions in September 2014. Since 2015, he has published a variety of photobooks and printed matter in collaboration with different artists, writers, and designers. His project, Gas Money, was published by Skylark Editions in 2019.
Hi, I wrote all of that in third person! I think that picture of me is pretty funny. You can download my CV right here.