Thank you for coming to www.christopherives.com,
...a centralized digital collection of the work of Christopher Ives.
Here you will find information about and links to my artistic, academic, and written work.
I am something of a 'generalist,' in that I have a number of interests and skills and have held a number of different positions throughout the years. For a breakdown of my most significant professional work, please see the 'Resumé' tab.
I am originally from a small farming town in northwest Connecticut, where I grew up bicycle-riding and playing in the woods. I apprenticed as a home improvement contractor (specifically home painting) with my father from age 14 to 21.
I attended the University of New Hampshire where I earned a degree in Philosophy studying specifically under Professor Nick Smith, David Hiley, and Robert Sharff. I also took a number of classes on ecology and sustainable system analysis. During my final year I wrote and directed a documentary film on sustainable energy on the campus featuring Noam Chomsky.
After graduation I lived in the Amazon River Basin in east-central Perú with the Shipibo People and later on the north coast where I pioneered a river clean-up project.
After returning to the United States I attended The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University outside of Boston, Massachusetts. There I received a Master of Arts degree in Sustainable International Development, studying under Professors Raj Sampath and Laurence Simon.
During the final year of the program I lived in Anchorage, Alaska and worked at the Institute of the North while writing my thesis, entitled: "The Effects of Segregated Development Ideologies on the Achievement of Sustainability Development: an Alaskan Case Study."
I have since worked for the Alaska Humanities Forum on their 'Take Wing Alaska' program for secondary education preparedness for rural Alaska Native students and with other sustainability and education oriented non-profits.
I currently live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a small fraction of the original homeland of the Lakota People, in southwest South Dakota. There, I work for Red Cloud Indian School, a non-profit school founded in part by Chief Red Cloud in 1888. As their Communications Coordinator, I manage their website and social media, write press releases, strategize, and make photographs.
And finally, I create photographs of nature, make short films, an design websites on the side. See the 'art' tab, or click on the 'i' for a link to my Instagram feed.
Thank You for Visiting.