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Biographical Sketch

Glen L. Peterson began his art studies at Utah State University, Logan, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Design and Illustration (1968). Later, he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in Illustration Painting from the same school. His masters project included acrylic paintings celebrating the people and legends of Navajo culture.

Peterson's career as an artist and instructor of art began in September 1968 at Navajo Community College, Many Farms, Arizona, where he was a founding faculty member. While teaching basic art courses there, he also painted semi-abstract paintings of Navajo people in their natural southwest environment.

Shortly thereafter (1971), his large-format acrylic paintings became fully abstract as he started a doctorate degree at Illinois State University in the Theory and Practice of Art. He completed that degree in the summer of 1978. His dissertation explored a theory of color symmetry in Navajo and contemporary Western art.

While working on his doctorate at I.S.U., Peterson took a teaching position with Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona. Here he taught Native American Art, Design, Color, and Art History over a period of twenty-five years. In the spring of 1999 he retired from his full-time position as art instructor to pursue a painting career.

Throughout his teaching career, Peterson actively pursued the development of his art. He has shown his works in national and regional competitions as well as at local invitationals. He has had several one-person exhibitions, many collaborative shows, and his works have been displayed in numerous group shows. He has won monetary and prestigious recognition awards for his abstract, color-formed paintings.

In 1995, Peterson co-authored a book with well-known anthropologist Gary Witherspoon, titled Dynamic Symmetry and Holistic Asymmetry in Navajo and Western Art and Cosmology published by Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

His art is included in numerous public and private art collections.



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