States holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art and a BA from Evergreen State College. His book Cruising was published in the fall of 2011 by Powerhouse Books. States' work is included in Alec Soth's Lonely Boy Mag #2. He received the Established Artist Grant from Delaware Division of the Arts in 2011. He participated in Center’s Review Santa Fe in 2010 and was an Artist in Residence at Light Work in the summer of 2009. His work has been exhibited at venues including Hous Projects, New York; Randall Scott Gallery, Brooklyn NY; Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA; Chashama Time Square Gallery, New York City; Daniel Cooney Fine Art Online Auction; FLUXSPACE, Philadelphia, PA; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; and Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York City. His works on the permanent collections of Light Work in Syracuse, NY as well as Light Work Permanent Collection Syracuse University Syracuse, New York as well as the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.