He lived in Brooklyn Heights as well as the near to it Cobble Hill neighborhood (also in Brooklyn, NY) soon after graduating from the University of Michigan in 1962, and before he moved to Minneapolis in 1970.
Klipper has made six journeys to Antarctica to take photographs. He has also worked in Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, Alaska, and the area of Lapland irradiated by the Chernobyl disaster. Klipper became one of approximately 400 people to have stood at both the South Pole and the North Pole on July 15, 2009, when he visited the North Pole.
Other major forays have taken Klipper across the deserts of Israel and Sinai as well as the tropical rain forests of Costa Rica. Klipper's work has also taken him to Northern Australia, Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.
He has logged thousands of miles traveling at sea while photographing on all of the Earth’s oceans and seas.
For over 30 years, Klipper traveled through the 50 United States, capturing photographs that crystallize the defining characteristics of American regions. He also photographed major physics and astronomy research installations throughout the United States and the Anasazi ruins of the Southwest.
Klipper has also photographed the cemeteries of World War I and memorials of the Western Front.
Klipper's photographs have been exhibited in and collected by major museums from both the United States and overseas. These include New York City's Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center, The Jewish Museum[disambiguation needed], The Israel Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Bonn Kunsthalle, and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden.
Klipper has exhibited across the United States, as well as the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway; United States embassy, Santiago, Chile; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Kunsthalle of the German Republic, Bonn, Germany and the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealan
Grants, honors, and fellowships
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- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1980, 1990
- Bush Foundation (St. Paul), 1981, 1992
- National Endowment for the Arts, 1976, 1979
- National Endowment for the Humanities, 1981
- McKnight Foundation, St. Paul/Mpls. – three grants
- The Minnesota State Arts Board – three grants
- The Jerome Foundaiton, 2003
- The Bogliasco Foundation (N. Y. C. & Genoa, Italy, 2003
- The National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000
- Nominee, McKnight Distinguished Minnesota Artist Award, 2005, 2006, 2007
- Finalist, Bush Enduring Visions Award, 2008
- Nominee, MacArthur Fellowship, 2008
Klipper was recipient of the United States Navy Antarctic Service Medal, 1989
The State of Texas, Cray Research Corp., the State of Minnesota, First Banks Systems (Mpls.), the Valspar Corp. (Mpls.), the University of Minnesota.
Disparate Georgraphies, Schmidt Dean Gallery in Philadelphia, 1998. Sixteen polar photographs, Arktis -Antarktis, the Kunsthalle des Deutschesrepublic, Bonn, Germany. 1998
Cardinal Points, at the University of Iowa Museum of Art. (Photographs from polar regions: Antarctica and Greenland, the tropical rain forests, the desert regions of Israel and the Sinai, the agricultural Great Plains)-- an exhibition catalogue was published. 1998 At Sea Near the Poles, at the Spencer Gallery, Wickford, R.I. 1999 Antarctica 99/00, Yancey Richardson Gallery, NYC, 2000 Selected Antarctic Work, Berler Gallery, Washington D.C., 2001 (Also shown in Denver and Christchurch, N.Z.
Selected American photographs, The Center for American Places, Harrisonburg, Va., 2001 Photographs from the Arctic and Antarctica, Smith-Dean Gallery, Phila., PA, 2001 Wyoming, Univ. of Wyo. Museum Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2001/02
In the Australian Outback, Gallery 360, Minneapolis, 2002 The United States, Candace Perich Gallery, Katonah, NY, 2002 Rock art, bush fire, termite mounds and other aspects of the outback of the Top End of Australia, Gallery 360, Mpls.,2002
Portraits about Pakistan, 1987, Icebox Gallery, Mpls., 2002 Antarctic 1: Views Along Antarctica’s First Highway, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Los Angeles, 2002
The Louisiana Purchase, Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis & Olson-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, 2003
Selected photographs, Medtronics Corp. corporate headquarters, Minneapolis, 2006 Antarctica, Electrolift Artworks, Minneapolis, Minn. 2006 (+ other venues) 20 Years of photographing Louisiana, The Ogden Museum, New Orleans, 2008 Antarctic Photographs, City Museum of Charleston, S.C., 2009 Local Places – Remote Terrains, Olson Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa, 2009 The Dead Sea Region, Israel, The Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, 2010
Photography of New York City, Minneapolis Institute of Art. 1998 Sea Change, The Center for Creative Photography, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson.
(An eponymous book was published in conjunction with the exhibition and is in national distribution), 1998/99
American farms and farming, Candace Perish Gallery, Katonah, NY. (Traveled to Washington D. C.), 1998/99 Views from the Edge of the World, Marlborough Gallery, NYC. 1999 Claiming Title: Australian Aboriginal Artists and the Land, St, Olaf & Carleton Colleges, Northfield, Minn., 1999 The Infinite and the Intimate; Waterscapes of Stuart Klipper and Frank Gohlke, Dorsky Gallery, N.Y.C. 1999 An Eclectic Focus: Photographs from the Vernon Collection ( + catalogue), Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1999 Aqua, Gallerie Thierry Marlat, Paris, France 1999 Restructuring the Prairie, Grinnell College, 1999 The Mural as Muse, Deutsches Bank Gallery, NYC, 2000 earth sky, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta,GA, 2000 Western Panoramas, Huntington Museum, Sta. Barbara, CA, 2001 I Love New York (W. T. C benefit), NYC, 2001 Melodrama, inaugural show, ARTIUM, Vitoria, Spain, 2002 Contemporary Desert Photography, Palm Springs Art Museum, 2005 Antarctic Visions & Voices, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., 2005 Downriver: New Orleans before the flood, Minnesota Center for Photography, 2006 Midwestern View: Contemporary Photography in Minnesota, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China, 2007 Visions of Music, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, La., 2007 Four Antarctic Photographers, Museum of Art, Univ. of Wyo., 2007 Photographs from the Ends of the Earth, Milwaukee Art Museum, 2007 Antarctica on Thin Ice, The United Nations, NYC, 2007 Remembering Dakota, The North Dakota Museum of Art, 2008 Animals –Them and Us, The North Dakota Museum of Art, 2009 NSF Antarctic Artists, Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, Md., 2009 New Orleans photographs, Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, 2009 The Minnesota Eye, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, 2009
- Van Riper, Frank. Southern Exposure: Antarctica". Camera Works. Photo Essay at washingtonpost.com.