Peter Haakon Thompson

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Peter Haakon Thompson is an artist based in Minneapolis, MN whose primary mediums are participation, interaction and conversation. He believes in expanding the idea of what art can be through the blurring of art and life. Some of his works include: The A Project, an effort to create solidarity among artists in their neighborhoods with the use of window signs with a large red ‘A’ indicating a household of artists/artist supporters. In 2004, he co-founded a participatory, temporary community called The Art Shanty Projects, existing every winter for five weeks on frozen Medicine Lake in suburban Minneapolis. Tent Services, a free service providing Expeditionary Conversation Tents for check-out, showed at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis. Other ongoing projects include the Mobile Sign Shop--a pop-up, mobile, sign-making shop to engage neighbors in making, conversing and connecting and the Temporary Table Tennis Trailer, a steel ping-pong table mounted to a trailer that creates instant ping-pong parks. This summer he will be making flags for neighbors to fly on their vacant flagpoles in South Minneapolis for his MSAB artist initiative funded project, Flag Services.

He is a past recipient of a Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship, McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Photographers, MSAB Artist Initiative Grant, Neighborhood Partnership Initiative from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Forecast Public Projects grant, artist-in-residence at Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Trondheim, Norway and with the Walker Art Center’s Teen Arts Council. He earned a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and completed his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2010. In his spare time Thompson ties knots, hangs out with his two year old twins and plays table tennis. His work can be found at

pht (at) peterhaakonthompson (dot) com