James Halvorson                                                                

b. 1974, Hettinger, ND

I have several projects that are diverse in style, the common thread being an investigation into metaphysical questions and the historical debate about its validity as a focus of study. I see my work as a recording of successive interpretations of an object repeated visually with variations and differences. The viewing becomes a temporal experience and a story emerges, the meaning of which is contingent upon the lived experiences of viewers, who may or may not close a circuit of meaning. In terms of a metaphysical exercise, I am interested in how nominal notions emerge into phenomena.


  • denotes solo exhibition


Bound & Unbound V Altered Book Juried Exhibition, University Libraries, Vermillion SD, 5 Months


Visions, Walters Cultural Art Center, Hillsboro OR, 2 Months

Subtext Index, Umpqua Community College, Roseburg OR, 1 Month


Bound & Unbound IV Altered Book Juried Exhibition, University Libraries, Vermillion SD, 5 Months


Dictionary Habitat, Multnomah Art Center, Portland, OR, 1 Month *

Portland Five, Memorial Union Concourse Gallery, Corvallis OR, 2 Months

New Union / Re Union, Gallery 110, Warren M. Lee Center For the Fine Arts, Vermillion SD, 1 Month

Dordt College Gallery, Sioux Center IA, 1 Month


Dictionary Habit, Glyph Cafe & Art Space, Portland OR, 1 Month *

Bound & Unbound III Altered BookJuried Exhibition, University Libraries, Vermillion SD, 5 Months


Visual Progressions, 12×16 Gallery, Portland OR, 1 Month *


Post Political Installations, Denizen Gallery, Milepost Five, Portland OR, 1 Month *

Destroying My Ideologies, Performance at Denizen Gallery, Milepost Five, Portland OR


String Theory, Fertile Ground at Denizen Gallery, Milepost Five, Portland OR 2 Months

Selected Work, Annex Gallery, Milepost Five, Portland OR 1 Month


Long Harvests, Oblique Coffee Roasters, Portland OR 2 Months *


Celebrating Missoula Artists Juried Show, Dana Gallery, Missoula MT, 1 Month


Peculiar Familiar, The Framing Studio, Missoula MT, 2 Months *

Missoula Artists, Lake Missoula Cellars, Missoula MT, 3 Months

Collection & Variationa, Food For Thought, Missoula MT, 1 Month *


Yale Union Gallery Attendant Current and Ongoing

Medieval Portland Art History Research 2013

Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Membership Outreach at TBA 2012

Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery 2011


Participant, Teaching Artists Studio Cohort, Young Audiences Oregon 2019 – 2020

Art Haus Life Drawing July 2016 – May 2018

Participant, C.O.P.S. Free Art School, Portland OR July 2016

Co-Founder, Zootown Arts Community Center, Missoula, MT 2008 – 2009

Organizer, POR Collective Gallery, Missoula MT 2008

Founder, Stillwell Des Refuses, University of South Dakota, Vermillion 1997

Co-organizer, Powers of Three Festival, Idea Fest at University of South Dakota 1994


Montana Artist Refuge, Basin MT August 2010


Sather-Olsen, Ira. “Peculiar Familiar.” Rev. of Collection & Variarona, Ex. by James Halvorson.

Missoula Independent, Dec 17 2009: 28


Studio Visit Magazine, Summer 2017.

Art Maze Issue I, 2017.

Fresh Paint Magazine, Issue 14. August 2016.

Education and Awards

Masters of Accountancy 2005

The University of Montana, Missoula MT

Bachelor of Fine Arts Painting, Philosophy Minor 1998

The University of South Dakota, Vermillion SD

Senior Scholarship Department of Fine Arts 1998

The University of South Dakota, Vermillion SD


Portland Parks and Recreation, Portland OR 2015 – 2016

SUN After School Art Classes, Portland OR 2013 – 2014

Youth Dynamics, Inc., Basin MT 2010

Shadow Mountain Studios, Missoula MT 2009

Zootown Arts Community Center, Missoula MT 2008