Pete Ippel - Hypermodern Contemporary Art
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Pete Ippel Artist Statement

I’m in the business of communicating ideas.

I solve problems.
I think abstractly.
I make decisions.

I work intuitively and iteratively when creating art. I place a line to paper and allow it to inform the next line. As form develops, I continue down the path that is indicated by what is on the sheet. By observing human behavior, asking generative questions, and analyzing information, I experience how an iterative process leads to comprehension of complex data and ideas. I use my artistic sensibility to present the research findings in unique and compelling ways, and I’m pleased that my expertise in creating art, mixed with my research skills produces a harmonious balance.


San Francisco Art Institute – San Francisco, California, USA
MFA, New Genres, May 2004, Honors
Cornell University – Ithaca, New York, USA
Dual Degree, May 2002, Dean’s List
BFA, Combined Media Art, Photo/Digital
BA Psychology, Perception
Minor concentration, Cognitive Science

Additional Studies

City College San Francisco, 2005-2007 (advanced classes in conversational Spanish, culture, and civilization)

Solo Exhibitions

Stoneworks Studios, Ventura, California, USA
2010, Pete Ippel Art Show

Icthus Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2008, The Fantastic Solution to Global Warming and Other Conundrums

Icthus Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2006, Metaphors Be With You

Icthus Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2006, Hypermodern Art Show

Experimental Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
2002, Priorities

Group Exhibitions

Ventura County Arts Council, Ventura, California
2010, Whimsy & Delight

Somarts Cultural Center, San Francisco California
2010, 100 Performances for the Hole – Take two

Art House Co-Op, Brooklyn, New York
2009, The Sketchbook ProjectRadical Practices, San Francisco, California
2009, The Seduction of Duchamp Live Auction

Radical Practices, San Francisco, California
2009, The Seduction of Duchamp Live Auction

Share festival, Turin, Italy
2009, Market Forces

Garage Biennale, San Francisco, California
2008, Weather Reconnaissance
2008, 100 Performances for the Hole
2004, Party for Benevolence

Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California, USA
2005, Art and Spirituality

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland
2004, Yuk Video Screening

New Langton Arts, San Francisco, California, USA
2004, The ‘How To’ Intensive

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California, USA
2004, San Francisco Art Institute MFA graduate show

Pace digital gallery, New York, NY, 2004
2004, e Bay–Buy or Sell or Buy

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, USA
2004, Playshop

Cell Space, San Francisco, California, USA
2003, San Francisco Art Institute Print Show,

San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets, San Francisco, California, USA
2003, Creative City


San Francisco Art Institute
2003-04, Board of trustees
2004 Student Leadership Award
2002-03, Graduate council

Cornell University

2001, Edith and Walter King Stone Memorial Prize for promise in art
1999-2001, Student Athlete Advisory Committee
1999-2001 Kevin M. McGovern Family Scholarship
1998 George and Harriet Cornell Scholarship
1998-2001, National Dean’s List

Athletic Achievements

1997-2001, Varsity track and field, Cornell University
2001, Captain, school record holder, high jump 2.15m (7′ 1/2″)
2001, Blanford Award for senior who has done most for Cornell track
2001, C.M Spindler Award for most points scored by a senior track athlete
1999, 2001, 2003, State Games of America Champion, high jump


Native English, fluent Spanish

Special Skills

Fluency on Macintosh and PC systems, WordPress and Blogger publishing tools, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, Video editing with Final Cut Pro, Sound editing with Soundtrack, Logic, Animation in Macromedia Flash, Fireworks. 3d studio Max, and Sketchup modeling, Firm understanding of directory structure, networking, HTML, JavaScript, quick to understand new programs

Teaching Experience

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA
Summer 2008,2009 Art Instructor, Academic Talent Development Program
* Taught two classes, digital photography, and animation
* Demonstrated Stop-motion, clay-mation, traditional and digital animation techniques
*Student Work

Marin School of Art and Technology, Novato, California, USA
Fall 2004, Art Instructor
* Taught about similarities between living and non-living systems, analogues
* Explored elements of contemporary art theory
* Instructed in production skills for web and video

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California, USA
Spring 2004, Art Instructor, NASA Space Grant Class
* Taught aspects of design remotely through telepresence
* Created video tutorials for students in San Diego and Kansas
* Trouble shot all problems with networked technology
* Collaborated with NASA and students on “Skyways of Tomorrow ” poster design

Cornell University Art Department, Ithaca, New York, USA
Summer 2002, Spring 2001, Teaching Assistant / Guest Instructor
* Instructed undergraduates, as well as adult university (over age 30)
* Lectured on aspects of vector graphics, Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver
Assisted in coordination of a collaborative 3D internet project

Professional Experience

San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco, California, USA
2003-2009, Residence Manager
* Responsible for supervision and mentorship of students and residence staff
* Overseer of all aspects of Jackson Street Facility
* Liaison among administration landlords and parents

University High School, San Francisco, California, USA
2005-2009, Assistant girls varsity basketball and track & field coach
* Bay Counties League girls basketball champions 2007
* League championship Co-MVPs in girls basketball 2007
* State 10th place in women’s high jump 2006

Presidio YMCA, San Francisco, California, USA
2005-2007, Group Fitness Instructor, Wellness Coach
* Demonstrates various fitness moves insuring proper technique
* Supports clients’ efforts in building skill sets necessary for making exercise a lifelong habit

Independent Contractor
, San Francisco, California, USA
1999-Present, Design, Photography, Video, Audio
* Full service consulting, web/print design, video, and digital imaging solutions

University Photography, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Summer 2002, Darkroom Assistant and Photographer
* Performed darkroom/studio duties, developed film, E-6 and B&W
* Printing, lighting assignments, and onsite setup
* Individual photographic work published in Cornell Chronicle

Signal Interactive
, Chicago, Illinois, USA
2000, Production Artist Intern
* Prepared images for web and print, color balance etc.
* Contributed to interface design
* Produced Interactive vector based movies

Motorola, Inc.
, Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA
1999, Web Design Intern
* Created database front-end interface for research documents
* Hand-coded HTML, JavaScript, designed icon sets

Paleontological Research Institution
, Ithaca, New York, USA
1997-99, Collections and Exhibitions Intern
* Designed interactive kiosk based on local finds
* Presented special programs to large school groups
* Prepared fossils for display


Spatial Representations Activated During Real-time Comprehension of Verbs: Created over 100 digital drawings for experimental stimuli

Searching Circle: Designed flash interface which tested interative vs. passive narrative

Name Owner: Designed flash interface which tested if there was an inherent perceptible audio difference between a name owner and non-owner

Self-Rated Happiness: Survey of freshmen at Cornell University


Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences
, Honolulu, HI
2005, Essay “In the Tradition of Apprentice and Master”

Cognitive Science: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Vol. 27, No. 5: pages 767-780. 2003 “Spatial Representations Activated During Real-time Comprehension of Verbs”


Leonardo International Society for the Arts Science and Technology,
2004-05, Editing staff intern

Boom Technology Fair, Cornell University, Ithaca New York, USA
2001, Fine Art Applications of 3D Internet
2002, Sound Thinking: computer as creative audio tool

Phi Delta Theta New York Alpha Chapter
, Ithaca, New York, USA
1999-2002, Founder, Social Chairman, Historian, Philanthropy Chairman

: grassroots coalition for social improvement Ithaca, NY
1998-2002, Founder, original member


Pete Ippel, the son of a dancer and a musician, was born in Oak Park, Illinois and has been surrounded by the arts since birth. He moved to Morris, Illinois in 1989 and started to participate in athletics rather than dance. After high school, Pete attended Cornell University where he received a BA in psychology and a BFA in photo / digital art making. He continued to follow his sporting dreams in the high jump, which culminated in a school record leap of 7 feet 1/2 inch in 2001.

In May 2004 he attained an MFA degree in the New Genres department of the San Francisco Art Institute. Presently Pete is a practicing artist whose work is in numerous private collections and has been exhibited in New York, California, and internationally.

Mr. Ippel resides in Working Artists Ventura, a sustainable artist community in southern California. In addition, he teaches art, is a fitness professional, a web developer, an active blogger, and still high jumps from time to time.

As a passionate problem solver and a pragmatic optimist, Pete’s art and his life are full of exciting challenges.





Meredith Trombole
Jim Sohm
Marcia Lyons – Artist and director of the new media department of Victoria University of Wellington’s school of design.
Tony Labat – Artist and chair of the New Genres Department of the San Francisco Art Institute.

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  1. Peter Your Grandma Lois and I grew up together Her Mom and Dad where my grand parents Your Dad grew up with my boys perhaps he talked about my son Mark and Tim He is Tims God father I knew you when you were a little baby I live in Tenn. and would like to reconnect with Dad could you please have him e-mailme at evelyn.fulghum@yahoo.com Also congradulations on all youe achievments. You look just like your Dad. All of our family including you Grandma and myself like ice cream Dad looks good Thank you for your help. Evelyn Fulghum(Herbst)

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