Peter Happel Christian

The Chrysalis Focus Fellowship

Peter Happel Christian

The Chrysalis Focus Fellowship is awarded to an artist of any discipline making work that integrates science and the natural world. 

May 9 - 23

About Peter

Peter Happel Christian lives and works in St. Cloud, Minnesota where he teaches at the local university. He a photographer who makes sculpture, installations and books. His work considers the nature of time and place while embracing photography as a malleable set of materials. Peter holds an MFA from the University of Oregon and a BFA from the University of Iowa. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally at venues including the Tucson Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Ditch Projects (Springfield, OR), Law Warschaw Gallery (St. Paul, MN), Johalla Projects (Chicago), and Higher Pictures (New York). Peter has received funding for his work from the Ohio Arts Council, Central Minnesota Arts Board, Minnesota State Arts Board, numerous research grants from St. Cloud State University and is a recipient of a McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship in Photography and an Ansel Adams Fellowship from the Center for Creative Photography. He regularly collaborates with other artists, designers and writers on various projects and printed matter. His first monograph, Half Wild, was published by Conveyor Editions in 2014.


AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Director Brandon Hinman at