James Halvorson is a native of the High Plains region in North America. Raised in the Western Dakotas, he received his BFA in Painting from the University of South Dakota in 1998. His mixed media work integrates disparate cultural residue for ontological investigation of humanity’s acts, and its remnants as their effects persist. His process includes an invention of technology and language by chance and necessity through meditation on our investigations in quantum physics, economics, ritual architecture, language; meditations on the nature of representation. Halvorson established the annual student art show that runs concurrently with the Wilbur Stillwell Juried Student Exhibition, the following year he received the Art Department’s Senior Scholarship. Earning his Masters of Accountancy at the University of Montana in 2005, he worked with nonprofits and local governments. In 2008, he established an independent art gallery and soon pooled resources with creative leaders to incorporate the nonprofit Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC), in Missoula, MT. The gallery program was designed and early stages implemented by Halvorson. He has been a guest instructor at the ZACC, Youth Dynamics, inc. and Shadow Mountain Studios. Recently, he has completed a residency at the Montana Artists Refuge. James works with mixed media on paper and linen at his studio practice in Portland, OR.