Motive & Motion - Portfolio & Projects of Christopher Hagen

Printing and instructing in Brisbane, Aus.

  1. Contact & Further Web Presence

    Email: inquiries {at}


  2. Bio (2014)

    Raised by a biologist and a journalist in the forested stretch of northern Wisconsin, Chris Hagen received a BFA in Digital Art & Photography from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Becoming deeply involved in printmaking during during that time, he took a journeyman’s path through Minneapolis with a year of co-op practice and a session of professional internship at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking. Entering graduate study in printmaking at Illinois State University in 2012, he has attended the Tamarind Institute summer plate lithography workshop and served as an assistant and printer for Normal Editions Workshop.

    Presently based in Brisbane, Australia, Chris co-founded Grey Hand Press with fellow printer Claudia Husband.

  3. Curriculum Vitae


    • MFA in Printmaking, Illinois State University, 2016.
    • Summer Workshop in Plate Lithography, Tamarind Institute, 2013.
    • BFA in Digital Art & Photography, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2010.
      Minor: Printmaking; Art & Design Departmental Honors

    Grants & Research

    • Fred and Lois Mills Grant; Illinois State University; 2014
      "International Professional Practice"
    • Friends of the Arts; Illinois State University; 2014
      "Touching the Work: MFA Thesis Exhibition Support"
    • School of Fine Arts and College of Visual Arts; Illinois State University; 2014
      Career development grants toward Skopelos Foundation for the Arts Residency
    • Friends of the Arts; Illinois State University; 2013
      "Historic & Contemporary Stone Photolithography"
    • Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP); University of Minnesota Duluth; Spring 2010
      “Visual and Tactile Voices in Material and Mark-Making”


    • Print Council of Australia; Fitzroy, VIC Australia
    • State Library of Victoria; Melbourne, VIC Australia
    • Manly Library Artist Book Collection; Manly, NSW Australia
    • Queensland College of Art; Brisbane, QLD Australia
    • City of Yarra; Fitzroy, VIC Australia
    • El Minia University; El Minia, Egypt
    • Skopelos Foundation for the Arts; Skopelos, Greece
    • Limerick School of Art & Design; Limerick, Ireland
    • Illinois State University; Normal, IL
    • Kendall College of Art & Design; Grand Rapids, MI
    • University of Minnesota Duluth; Duluth, MN

    Solo Exhibitions

    • Latent Library: Murray Bridge Branch – Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, SA Australia; Upcoming 2020
    • Marked Resemblances; ArtWorld Studio Gallery – Norman Park, QLD Australia; 2017
    • We Could Linger; Illinois State University Transpace Gallery – Normal, IL; April 2015
    • Featured Visual Artist; Twin Ports Gallery Progressive, Venue 2104 – Duluth, MN; April 2012
    • Thereof & Thereby; Tweed Museum of Art – Duluth, MN; April 2010
      Printmaking, Photography, Installation
    • Mixed Confus’dly; Tweed Museum of Art – Duluth, MN; 2009.
      Video installation [collaborative]: “reality television” culture critique.

    Two-Person Exhibitions

    • While Here; Impress Printmakers' Co-op & Gallery - Brisbane, QLD Australia; 2014.
      With Claudia Husband

    Group Exhibitions

    • Tie, Tether, Tangle; Impress Printmakers Co-op & Gallery – Kedron, QLD Australia; 2020.
    • 44th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Awards; Gladstone Regional Art Gallery – Gladstone, QLD Australia; 2019.
    • Burnie Print Prize 2019; Burnie Regional Art Gallery; Burnie, TAS Australia; 2019.
    • Rivers of Gold International Print Portfolio & Exchange 2017-2020
      - The Post Office Gallery; Ballarat, VIC AUS; 2020 (Upcoming).
      - La Trobe University; VIC AUS; 2020 (Upcoming).
      - Lakes District Museum and Gallery; Arrowtown, NZ; 2019 (Upcoming).
      - Aberystwyth Arts Centre; Wales, UK; 2019.
      - Queensland College of Art, Project Gallery; Brisbane, QLD AUS; 2018.
      - IMPACT10 – ENCUENTRO; Santander, Spain; 2018.
      - Art at Wharepuke; Kerikeri, NZ; 2018.
      - Gympie Regional Gallery; Gympie, QLD AUS
    • A Practice in Permanence; McLean County Arts Center - Bloomington, IL; 2018.
    • 2017 Manly Library Artist’s Book Award; Manly Library - Manly, NSW Australia; 2017.
      Artwork "Latent Library — Manly Branch" acquired for the permanent collection.
    • Inflection; Center for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol - Bristol, UK; 2016
      Curated by Dr. Tim Mosely, Queensland College of Art - Griffith Center for Creative Arts Research
    • Impressions 9; Impress Printmakers' Co-op & Gallery - Brisbane, QLD Australia; 2015
    • Drawn on Stone; Northern Prints Gallery - Duluth, MN 2015
    • Nine-Zero-One; Front Room Gallery - Williamsburg, NY, 2015
    • MFA Biennial; Illinois State University Galleries - Normal, IL 2015
    • Envisioning Poetry; Milner Library - Normal, IL 2015
    • Student Annual; Illinois State University Galleries - Normal, IL 2014
    • The Un-Miniature Show; Northern Prints Gallery - Duluth, MN 2013
    • Compassion Art Festival; Cometogether Space - Bloomington, IL 2013
    • Student Annual; Illinois State University Galleries - Normal, IL 2013
      Normal Editions Workshop Best Graduate Print Award
    • PrintED: HERE; Portfolio Exchange; Limerick School of Art & Design - Limerick, Ireland 2013
    • Black & White Expo; Juried International; Infinity Art Gallery - Online Exhibition 2013
    • Printmaking Graduates: Recent Work; ISU Gallery 129 - Normal, IL 2013
    • MFA Biennial; ISU University Galleries; Normal, IL 2013
    • Bound Together; ISU Transpace Gallery; Normal, IL 2012
    • Swimtime Gallery Show; Cometogetherspace; Bloomington, IL 2012
    • Incoming Graduate Show; ISU Transpace Gallery; Normal, IL 2012
    • Living Crucibles: Essay in Heat; Prøve Gallery; Duluth, MN 2012
    • Strange Objects; Prøve Gallery; Duluth, MN 2012
    • Tiny Art; Prøve Gallery; Duluth, MN 2012
    • Stand Out Prints 2012; Highpoint Center for Printmaking; Minneapolis, MN 2012
      Juried National
    • Selections from “Twenty: Highpoint’s 20th Co-op Exhibition”; Winona Art Center; Winona, MN 2012
    • Inaugural 40 Under 40; Orville J. Hanchey Gallery – Northwestern State University; Natchitoches, LA January 2012
      Curator Invitational
    • Monster Drawing Rally 4: Live Drawing Annual Fundraiser
      Midway Contemporary Art – Minneapolis, MN December 2011
    • Twenty: Highpoint’s 20th Cooperative Exhibition
      Highpoint Center for Printmaking – Minneapolis, MN December 2011
    • Hot off the Press: 19th Cooperative Exhibition
      Highpoint Center for Printmaking – Minneapolis, MN; July 2011
    • North of the 45th; DeVos Art Museum – Marquette, MI; June 2010
      North Midwest Regional Annual
    • Fresh, New, and True; Duluth Art Institute; March 17 – May 14, 2010
      Emerging Artist Biennial
    • American Print 2009: Influence Someone; Foothills Art Center – Golden, CO; 2009.
      Political prints: satire, statement, and social commentary.
    • Turkish/American Projects; Tweed Museum of Art – Duluth, MN; 2007
    • UMD Annual Student Exhibition; Tweed Museum of Art – Duluth, MN; 2007 & 2010.

    Direction & Curation

    • I make circles You make circles; curated with Sam Buchanan; Illinois State University Transpace Gallery – Normal, Il; 2015
    • Force of the North; Tweed Museum of Art (Advanced Internship) – Duluth, MN; 2009
      Directed first-session interns in developing & presenting an exhibition.


    • Portfolio Catalogue "Rivers of Gold: An Art-Science Collaborative Project" (PDF)
    • Portfolio Catalogue “A Community of Printmakers – A Gift Portfolio Honoring James D. Butler” 2012 (Lithograph “For Every Treadle its Rest”)
    • Photographer’s Forum Best of College Photography: 2006 F, 2007 S&F, 2008 S.
    • UMD Literary Guild Roaring Muse: 2009 (Etching “City of Sleep”).


    • “UMD Printmakers make their mark in Colorado”
      UMD Statesman; 2/18/09 by Jami Reinhart


    • Full Graduate Assistantship & Tuition Waiver; Illinois State University
    • Departmental Honors; UMD Department of Art & Design
    • Elizabeth Stein Scholarship in Printmaking; Illinois State University; 2013
    • Normal Editions Workshop Outstanding Graduate Scholarship; 2013, 2014
    • Work-Study Scholarship; Penland School of Fine Craft; Summer 2011
    • Mortar Board National College Honor Society
    • Isaac and Rose Gershgol Scholarship; 2008–2009, 2009–2010 (received twice).
      UMD Fine Arts Merit Award
    • Raymond C. Darland Art Scholarship; 2008–2009, 2009–2010 (received twice).
      UMD Faculty-Nominated Merit Award
    • Skomars Family Photography Scholarship; 2009–2010.
      UMD Photography Department Merit Award

    Relevant Positions

    • Brisbane Institute of Art; Instructor (Contemporary Printmaking); June 2016–Present
    • Queensland College of Art (Griffith University); Printmaking Tutor; March 2016–Present
    • Illinois State University; MFA Graduate Assistant (with tuition waiver); August 2012–May 2015
    • Highpoint Center for Printmaking; Studio Intern; January 2012–June 2012
    • Highpoint Center for Printmaking; Working Co-op Member; February 2011–January 2012
    • Litwin Books, LLC; Book Design/Layout; February 2011–Present
    • Tweed Museum of Art; Documentation/Event Photographer; November 2009–February 2011
    • Duluth Art Institute; Artist Nexus Critique Facilitator; November 2009–Present
    • University of Minnesota Duluth Printmaking Studio; Shop Technician; 2008–May 2010
    • Art & Design Department; Peer Advisor; Fall 2009–Spring 2010
    • Arrowhead Regional Arts Council; Student Term Board Member; Fall 2009–June 2011
    • Tweed Museum of Art; Internship; Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 (TA)
    • The Potter’s Shed; Glazing & Kiln Attendant; 2006 – 2008

    Artist Assistance & Consult

    • Saša Kološnjaj (Mixed-media): Exhibition consulting and support; “Reality, a Dialogue”; 2009–2011
    • Cecilia Ramón (Sculptor, Painter): Printmaking & book arts consultation/instruction
      Minnesota Center for Book Arts Fellowship Project “Yo No Soy Yo”; 2010.
    • Cecilia Lieder (Printmaker): Separation keying & printing
      Large-scale relief “Reservoir”; 2010.

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