Lives and works in Claremont, CA
Christion received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and his BFA from the University of Oklahoma. Christion has exhibited throughout the US and Europe including Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, and University of Dortmund, Germany. His work in the critically acclaimed 2005 feature film Me, You, and Everyone We Know as well in a number of publications including Immaculate: Contemporary Images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary Drudis Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2009, Essay by Howard Fox (catalogue).
In addition to making art, Christion works in Claremont Graduate University’s Art Department as the Gallery and Collections Manager. In this position, Christion manages approximately 2700 square feet of exhibition space, he has overseen over 280 exhibitions and manages a rigorous exhibition schedule of approximately 40 Professional exhibitions per academic year including MFA Thesis exhibitions, Student Groups shows, and various curated exhibitions. In addition to overseeing CGU’s galleries Christion also manages two campus art collections; The Capital Group Collection and the CGU Collection that consist of over 300 individual works of art ranging from large-scale outdoor sculpture to paintings, photography, and prints. Combined the collections includes work by such esteemed artist as Karl Benjamin, Billy Al Bengston, Kim Dingle, David Hockney, Craig Kauffman, Roland Riess, Frank Stella, and Connie Zehr. He has also curated a number of exhibitions including the group show The Banality of Good and Remembering Shapes, Signs, and Bodies with artist Edgar Heap of Birds, as well as written and designed a number of publications for exhibitions including In Their Own Words: Oral Histories of CGU Art, Digital Catalogue, East and Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont CA and Karl Benjamin Paintings and Installations, Catalogue Design, East and Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont CA.
Christion has also taught studio and practicum courses in the art departments of the University of California Irvine and Claremont Graduate University including Basic Digital, Basic Painting and Exhibitions Practicum. In 2012, Christion was named a Fellow in two prestigious programs: AAMG Academic Museum and Gallery Leadership Seminar In partnership with the Kellogg School of Management Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University and Future Faculty Career Exploration Program, RIT Rochester Development Institute of Technology.
In addition to his art he worked for several years as an assistant coordinator of an education and outreach program provided by the UC Irvine Libraries. The program focused on Information Literacy and Visual Literacy instruction for teachers and students in high-risk school districts. The concepts practiced in Visual and Information Literacy have been essential in the development of Christion’s approach to art making and his belief that integration of historical research, visual archiving, technical skill, and community awareness is essential to foster open-minded and informed artworks.
Christion recently completed the design and installation of what will be the first of several rotating exhibitions for Claremont University Consortium’s 70,000 square foot main library Honnold/Mudd. The exhibition space opened in Fall of 2012 and includes works by local Claremont artist and alum on the third and fourth floors while the second floor host new works by current students, recent graduates, art department faculty, and CGU’s esteemed Presidents’ Award Collection. The project was created in partnership with university librarians and the art department gallery director and faculty David Pagel.