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 Christopher Troutman          
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      Born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Christopher graduated from
      Bradley University in 2003 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting then moved to Japan.
      In Kagoshima City he and his wife opened a conversational English school, and in 2005
      was the first foreign resident of Kagoshima to be awarded the Grand Prize at the 52nd
      Kagoshima Prefectural Art Exhibition
and received an Award of Excellence at the 60th
      Southern Japan Art Exhibition
. In 2008 Christopher completed an MFA in Drawing
      and Painting at California State University, Long Beach, after which he taught
      drawing and painting at Eastern Kentucky University, painting and design at Vincennes
      University, drawing and painting at Eastern Illinois University and currently teaches as
      Assistant Professor of Art at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. His artwork has
      appeared in multiple volumes of Manifest Gallery's International Drawing Annual and has
      been exhibited multiple times in Bradley University's International Print and Drawing Exhibition.
      He and his wife and son return to Japan annually.