Vatican, 1979

Vatican, 1979

Brian H. Peterson has been an artist, curator, critic, musician, author, videographer, and arts administrator in the Philadelphia area for more than forty years. The recipient of over thirty-five solo exhibitions of his photographs since 1980, his work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Amon Carter Museum, the Library of Congress, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Denver Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Dayton Art Institute, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Danforth Museum of Art, the Woodmere Art Museum, the Berman Museum of Art, Haverford College, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. He worked as a curator for 24 years (1990-2013) at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Bucks County, PA, where he organized numerous historical and contemporary exhibits including  retrospectives on painters William L. Lathrop (1999), Robert Spencer (2004), and Charles Rosen (2006). He was the editor and principal author of the landmark 2002 publication Pennsylvania Impressionism (copublished by the Michener and the University of Pennsylvania Press), and his curatorial work included The Painterly Voice: Bucks County’s Fertile Ground (2011-12) and Making Magic: Beauty in Word and image (2012). He ended his museum career as the Michener's Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator. 

Peterson's first memoir The Smile at the Heart of Things (2009), was copublished by the Michener and Tell Me Press, and reviewed in USA TodayThe Philadelphia InquirerThe Trenton Times, and numerous other publications and blogs. His second book, The Blossoming of the World (2011), also was published by Tell Me Press, and a third, I Give My Eyes... (Due Santi Press) was released on April 6, 2018, in conjunction with a solo exhibition at Santa Bannon/ Fine Art, Bethlehem, PA. The book is available for purchase at amazon.com. In the summer of 2018 he exhibited two videos and more than 40 prints in the Michener's major exhibition View Finders: Four Photographic Voices.

Peterson has been a member of the Museums Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts, and received two Fellowships for Visual Arts Criticism from the PA Council on the Arts. His critical writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, American Arts Quarterly, American Art Review, Afterimage, The Photo Review, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was the Founder and Project Director of the Photography Sesquicentennial Project, the Philadelphia-area’s major cooperative celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of photography funded principally by The Pew Charitable Trusts (1988-1990). He taught photography for more than twelve years, at the University of Delaware, the Tyler School of Art, and Swarthmore College. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware (1985), and a Bachelor of Arts (in music composition) from the University of Pennsylvania (1981). Since his retirement in 2014, he has taken up videography while continuing his work as a writer and imagemeker. His 1981 song cycle Moon Songs, based on the poetry of E. E. Cummings, was featured on the CD Modern American Arft Song, recorded by Mezzo-Soprano Sharon Mabry (Albany Records, 2015).  

Contact Brian at: brianhpeterson12@yahoo.com

 Self-portrait, office window, 2006

Self-portrait, office window, 2006