Christian Vandehaar



Art Collections       

Iowa State University Biorenewable Research Center

Mg Biologics

Pioneer Hi-Bred International
Iowa State Memorial Union
Iowa Bar Association
Carlson Search Group
Channel Prime Alliance 
Iowa State Athletics
DeWaay Financial Group


Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA, 2013

The Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines, IA, 2012

St. Mark Discipleship Center, West Des Moines, IA, 2012

The Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines, IA, 2011

Marshalltown Main Street Art Walk, Marshalltown, IA, 2010

DeWaay Art Gala, Clive, IA, 2010

Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Des Moines, IA, 2010

The Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines, IA, 2010

Cornerstone Art Showcase, Ames, IA, 2010

International Christian Art Competition,, 2009

DeWaay Art Gala, Clive, IA, 2009

Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Des Moines, IA, 2009

Senior BFA Peep Show Exhibition, Iowa State University, 2009

FOCUS Juried Exhibition, Iowa State University, 2009

FOCUS Grant Exhibition, Iowa State University, 2009

Rome Student Exhibition, Iowa State University, 2009

29th Art and Design Student Annual, Iowa State University, 2008                

Studies in Creativity,Iowa State University, 2008

Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Des Moines, IA, 2008

Social Injustice Through the Arts Exhibition, Iowa State University, 2007

Cornerstone Art Showcase, Ames, IA, 2007

Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Des Moines, IA, 2003-2007

Solo Exhibitions

Iowa State University Memorial Union, Ames, IA,
October 2012

St. Mark Discipleship Center, West Des Moines, IA, July 2011

Fisher Community Center, Marshalltown, IA, May 2011

The Book Cellar and Coffee Attic, Iowa Falls, IA, October 2010


Iowa State Fair, People's Choice, 1st Runner-Up, 2013

Iowa State Fair, Merit Award, 2012

Des Moines Arts Festival, Best of Emerging Iowa Artists, 2011        

Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Honorable Mention, 2010

Cornerstone Art Showcase, Best of Show, Best of Drawing, 2010                  

Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, HonorableMention, People’s Choice, Second Runner-Up, 2009                         

Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition,Best of Show, 2008

Elizabeth Kirke Memorial Scholarship Award, 2008

Social Injustice Through the Arts Exhibition, 2nd Place, 2007

Kathryn Benbrook Lapp Memorial Scholarship 2007

Art and Design Excellence Scholarship 2007

Iowa State Fair Fine Youth Arts Exhibition, Honorable Mention, 2005


Grants and Publications

Bondurant Living Magazine, "Education Feature," January 2014
Successful Farming Magazine, "Agriculture is His Art Canvas," August 2012 issue

Drake Blue, Alumni Magazine, Fall 2011, p. 42-43, "The Root of Originality"

FOCUS Grant, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Spring 2008

         “Farmboys,” Chalk Pastel Triptych. Grant Amount $537.29

          Exhibited March 2009, Memorial Union, Iowa State University             

Sketch,Iowa State University, Fall 2007, Vol. 72.1, p. 59, “The Storm” 

Iowa State Daily, “Artist gets grant for farm past,” April 13, 2009



Drake University, Des Moines, IA; December 2010

Masters in Arts of Teaching, Secondary Art Education GPA: 4.0

Iowa State University, Ames, IA; May 2009

Bachelors in Fine Arts, Drawing Emphasis

Magna Cum Laude; GPA: 3.86; Top 2% Scholars and Leaders Award 2007-2009


Study Abroad, Iowa State University, Rome, Italy; Summer 2008

College of Design Rome Program: Rome, Tuscany,Florence, Italy and Paris, France.




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I am the son of a farmer and a Christian preschool teacher from Altoona, Iowa.  I graduated high school from Bondurant-Farrar near Des Moines, IA and have returned as the high school art teacher.  Into now my second year of teaching I can say that it consumes most of my waking life, pushes me mentally, emotionally, physically, and I absolutely love teaching art. 

I graduated Magma Cum Laude and with Honors from Iowa State University with my Bachelors of Fine Arts in spring of 2009.  I focused in Studio Arts and primarily in chalk pastel drawings. I graduated from Drake University in fall of 2010 with my Masters of Arts in Teaching for Secondary Art Education. 


I currently live back in Altoona on our family's old farmstead. Between teaching, coaching, and helping out on the farm I try to get my drawings. Hope you enjoy.