Justin D Allen — a photographer and book artist living in White Bear Lake, MN —  I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa in May of 2016.  In general, my work has often been described as both poetic and anthropological. Poetic because my artmaking usually involves exploring public places and finding significant moments of interaction between people or the specific place they are occupying. Anthropological because I’m interested in how a person shapes places and things to fit their needs over time and conversely, how place and thing shape the person. Although I do not consider myself a street photographer, I try to shoot with the same unbiased curiosity. I enjoy observing how people create and become accustomed to their own version of “normal”; often with the purpose of seeking out humorous, mysterious, and utterly confusing photographs.  I search for opportunities to make work (photographic or otherwise) about the narrow moments in time when the banal, mystical, and metaphorical meet; making sure to keep sense of humor and curiosity.


2016 Graduate from University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

BFA: Photography Emphasis, Department of Art.

Minors in Art History and Graphic Technologies.

2016-Present Photo Lab Assistant, Century College, White Bear Lake, MN.

2013-2016 Photo Lab Monitor, Photography Lab, UNI. 2013 - 2016.

2013 Intern, Ackerman-Gruber Images. Minneapolis, MN

Awards & Exhibitions

Open Door 14, Group Show
Rosalux Gallery, Dec 2018.

Super Short Spooky Show, Group Show
The Show Gallery Lowertown, Oct 2018.

Wolf Ridge, Artist Residency
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Mar 2018.

Memorial, Solo Exhibition
120 Gallery, Inver Hills Community College. Dec 2017 - Jan 2018.

The Vault, Solo Exhibition
Dan Gable National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. 2017.

The Vault, Solo Exhibition
Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, Iowa. 2017.

Memorial, BFA Solo Exhibition
UNI Gallery, University of Northern Iowa. 2016.

Annual Department of Art Juried Student Exhibition
UNI Gallery, University of Northern Iowa. 2016.

XXX Books Books Books XXX, Group Exhibition.
Ames, Public Space One and Design on Main Gallery, Ames, Iowa. 2016.

Cedar Valley Biennial, Group Exhibition. 
Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, IA. 2015.

Untitled, Solo Exhibition, Rod Library, FPAC, University of Northern Iowa. 2015.

Department of Art Scholarship, University of Northern Iowa, One-semester scholarship. 2015.

Annual Department of Art Juried Student Exhibition - UNI Gallery, University of Northern Iowa. Guillaume Award, Merit Award and Purchase Award. 2015.

Facts About Nudism - Group Exhibition, College of Humanities Arts and Sciences Deans Triangle Gallery, UNI. 2015.

The Vault - Solo Exhibion, Dan Gable National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Waterloo, IA. 2014.

Group Exhibition - 220 East Gallery, Waterloo, IA. 2013.

Faces of Our Farmers - Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, University of Northern Iowa, UNI Dining Centers, Hearst Center for the Arts. Commissioned by Buy Fresh, Buy Local initiative.  2013.

Area Show: 42 - Group Exhibition, MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, IA 2012.

Annual Department of Art Juried Student Exhibition - UNI Gallery, University of Northern Iowa. Purchase Award and Merit Award. 2012.