Chaden Halfhill is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He received a Flintridge Foundation Fellowship to support residency at Djerrassi Artists Program in 1995. He helped to launch an alternative gallery in Des Moines, called “The Furnace,” during which time he began to focus on installation art, bridging the disciplines of architecture and sculpture. From an environmental perspective, Halfhill’s work thematically focused on sustainability. Since the early 1990s, he has been a visiting artist for Metro Arts Alliance in Des Moines teaching hands-on workshops in architecture and sculpture to children in schools and community centers.
Committed to socially conscious land and building development, Halfhill has worked with the “Green on Main” initiative, which focuses on community revitalization through sustainable renovation. He co-founded Center On Sustainable Communities to help encourage and foster green building throughout Iowa.His artworks has been in numerous exhibitions including: Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA; “The Storefront Project,” East Village Neighborhood, Des Moines, IA; Connemara Conservancy, Dallas, TX; Percival Gallery, Des Moines, IA; Anderson Gallery, Des Moines, IA; Kansas City Artist’s Coalition, Kansas City, MO; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN; Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, City of Bellevue, WA; and Commission for Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI. His art work is in the Iowa collections of Metro Waste Authority, Des Moines and Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, as well as Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hamphire.
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