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Gary Petersen // Night Out 11
11.25 x 7.5 inches
Charcoal, pencil, and ink on paper



I am an abstract painter using geometry, particularly line, to reflect vulnerability and uncertainty in the world and in the self. Color allows the somewhat familiar forms to become personal and subtly eccentric. My work is influenced by childhood cartoons, cosmology, the body, and pop culture.  My longtime interest in early 20th century abstraction and the notion of the cosmic merges with an American pop sensibility.



Gary Petersen is a native New Yorker. He holds a B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.F.A. from The School of Visual Arts. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey and was awarded a studio at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Space Program 2010-2011, in Brooklyn, New York.  Awards have included The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Painting Fellowship Award for 2011, 2002, 1993 and the Visual Arts Fellowship Award , Edward F. Albee Foundation, 1988. His work has been exhibited widely in New York City and throughout the United States.  He has had solo exhibitions at Michael Steinberg (New York), 2005; Fusebox (D.C.), 2004; Genovese/Sullivan Gallery (Boston), 2002 & 1999; White Columns (New York),1992 . Recent group exhibitions have included Theodore Art, Storefront Bushwick Gallery, Edward Thorp Gallery, Mckenzie Fine Art, Lori Bookstein Gallery, Allegra La Viola Gallery, The Painting Center, Sue Scott Gallery, Bronx River Art Center. Past group exhibitions include Janet Kurnatowski, Lohin-Geduld, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Triple Candie, Plus/Ultra (Winkleman) Gallery, Nicole Klagsbrun, Diverse Works(TX), Newark Museum and The American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition in 1993. His work has been reviewed in Art in America (2012 and 2005), The New York Sun, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Partisan Review.  He currently has a studio at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City.





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2015     Theodore:Art, “Not Now But Maybe Later”, Brooklyn, New York.

2014     C2C Project Space, “Seth Koen and Gary Petersen”, San Francisco, California.

             Tiger Strikes Asteroid, “Gary Petersen: zip line tow rope”, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, curated by Alexis Granwell.

             Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, “tilting points”, Summit, New Jersey, curated by Mary Birmingham.

2013     CRL at Winkleman Gallery, “OptikNerve”, New York, New York, organized by Doreen McCarthy.

2012     Storefront Bushwick Gallery, “Halsey Hathaway and Gary Petersen”, Brooklyn, New York.

2005     Michael Steinberg Fine Art, “Colossal Youth”, New York,  New York.

2004     Fusebox, “Something Like Paradise”, Washington, D.C. 

2002     Genovese/Sullivan Gallery, “Gary Petersen: New Work”, Boston, Massachusetts.

1999     Genovese/Sullivan Gallery, “Gary Petersen: New Paintings and Drawings”, Boston, Massachusetts.

1992     White Columns, “White Room Exhibition”, New York, New York.




2015      University of Hawaii, Manoa Art Gallery, “New New York: Abstract Painting in the 21st Century” Honolulu, Hawaii. (forthcoming)

              Morgan Lehman Gallery, “Twenty By Sixteen”, New York, New York, curated by Geoffrey Young. (forthcoming)

              Blackburn 20/20 Gallery, “This Color Is You”, New York, New York. Curated by Bill Carroll.

              Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, “Infinity Mirror”, Amherst, Massachusetts. Curated by Sean Greene. 

2014      Jamie Brooks Fine Art, “Harmonized”, Costa Mesa, California.

              David Klein Gallery, “Agree to Disagree: a survey in contemporary abstraction”, Birmingham, Michigan.

              Geoffrey Young Gallery, “Twenty by Sixteen”, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

              Senaspace, “Prime Matter”, New York, New York, curated by Chris Schade and Zoe Pettijohn.

              Brian Morris Gallery, “spacematters”, New York, New York. 

              David Klein Gallery, “Summer 2014”, Birmingham, Michigan.

              Elizabeth Harris Gallery, “Summer Invitational”, New York, New York.

              SEABA Gallery, “Beyond Measure”, Burlington, Vermont curated by Carleen Zimbalatti.

              The American Academy of Arts and Letters, “Exhibition of Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards”, New York, New York.

              The American Academy of Arts and Letters, "Invitational Exhibition 2014", New York, New York.

              The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, “Internal Dialogues”, New York, New York, curated by Natalia Nakazawa.

              NARS Foundation, “Color Me Badd”, Brooklyn, New York, curated by Chris Bors

              Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, "Paperazzi 3", Brooklyn, New York. 

              Sideshow Gallery, "Nation II at The Alamo", Brooklyn, New York.

2013      New Jersey City University, “Out Of Step”, Jersey City, New Jersey, curated by Brendan Carroll.

              Radiator Gallery, “Heat, Chaos, Resistance”, Long Island City, New York, curated by Alyssa E. Fanning.

              The Bennigton Center for the Arts, “Overlap”, Bennington, Vermont. 

              24-6-SPACE, “inFORM”, New York, New York.

              Arena@ 89 5th, “Wrap Around One”, New York, New York, curated by Renee Riccardo.

              Brian Morris Gallery, “Paper, Mirror, Torn”, New York, New York.

              Lu Magnus Gallery, “Thanks”, New York, New York, curated by Adam Parker Smith 

              Brian Morris Gallery, “Tectonic Drift”, New York, New York.

              Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, “Paperazzi 2”, Brooklyn, New York.

              Sideshow Gallery, “Sideshow Nation”, Brooklyn, New York.

2012     Art Bank Program, U.S. State Department, “Geometric Art in the Art Bank Collection”, U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C.

             McKenzie Fine Art, “Line and Plane”, New York, New York.

             Frosch and Portmann Gallery, “Cannonball”, New York, New York. 

             Jason McCoy Gallery, “Paper Band”, New York, New York.

             Theodore Art, “There Are No Giants Upstairs”, Brooklyn, New York. 

             Geoffrey Young Gallery, “The Beatles”, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

             Parallel Art Space, “Alter Minimal”, Queens, New York.

             Sideshow Gallery, “Mic:Check (Occupy)”, Brooklyn, New York.

             Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, “Paperazzi”, Brooklyn, New York.

2011     Edward Thorp Gallery, “Assembly”, New York, New York.

             McKenzie Fine Art, “Douglas Melini, Gary Petersen and Sarah Walker”, New York, New York.   

             Lori Bookstein Gallery, “Summer Paper”, New York, New York.

             Allegra La Viola, “Draw The Line”, New York, New York.

             Kentler International Drawing Space, “Marked Differences”, Brooklyn, New York, curated by Roberta Waddell. 

             Geoffrey Young Gallery, “Traction”, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

             Painting Center, “Wallworks”, New York, New York, curated by Stephen Maine.

             Silas Marder Gallery, “The Big Show 6”,  Bridgehampton, New York.

             Bronx River Art Center “The Working Title”, Bronx, New York.

             WG News + Art, “Everything’s coming up Roses”, Brooklyn, New York.

             Sue Scott Gallery, “Paper A-Z”, New York, New York.

             Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, “Paper 2011”, Brooklyn, New York.

2010     Geoffrey Young Gallery, “Casheesh 3”, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

             Kidd Yellin, “Domestic City” Brooklyn, New York, curated by Nichole Van Beek and Vince Contarino.

             Deep Space New York, “Drawing on Drawing”, New York, New York, curated by Erica Mercado and Rory Donaldson.

             Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, “Paper Works”, Brooklyn, New York.

             Hofstra University,”Chroma” Hempstead, New York.

2009     Geoffrey Young Gallery, “Casheesh 2”, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

             Triple Candie, “Eye World”, New York, New York, curated by Emily Cheng and Michelle Loh.

             Jen Bekman Gallery, “Mixtape”, New York, New York curated by Jeffrey Teuton.

             Bussaco , “Spectrum Squared”, Brooklyn, New York,  curated by Carla Aurich.

             Lohin-Geduld Gallery/Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, “Color, Time and Space”, New York, New York and Brooklyn, New York.

             Geoffrey Young Gallery, “The Great Impression”, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

             Laroche/Joncas Galerie, “Summer, Summer”, Montreal, Canada

             Wunderarts, “Out of Sight”, Amherst, Massachusetts.

             Bushwick Open Studios, 56 Bogart , “Fortress To Solitude”, Brooklyn, New York curated by Guillermo Creus.

             Geoffrey Young Gallery, “Garish”, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

             McKenzie Fine Art, “Linear Abstraction”, New York, New York.

2008     Adelphi University, “Chroma”, Garden City, Long Island, curated by Carson Fox and Jen Maloney. 

             Jan Colle Gallery, “Transmold”, Ghent, Belgium. 

             Geoffrey Young Gallery, “Exquisitide”, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

             Jeff Bailey Gallery/Andrea Meislin Gallery,“It’s Gouache and Gouache Only”, New York, New York, curated by Geoffrey Young.

2007     Metaphor Contemporary Art, “Punchbowl”, Brooklyn, New York.

             Grand Bazaar, “Kuf_Mold”, Istanbul, Turkey, curated by Suzan Batu and Bill Doherty.

             EFA Gallery, “Horizon”, New York, New York, curated by David Humphrey.

2006     Lesley Heller Gallery, “Winter Salon”, New York, New York. 

2005     Dinaburg Arts, “Fall Vernissage 2005”, New York, New York.

2004     Metaphor Contemporary Art, “Breathing Space”, Brooklyn, New York.

             Shelbourne Ballroom, “Starlight”, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, Miami, Florida.

             Hunterdon Museum of Art, “Gifts from the RCIPP”, Clinton, New Jersey.

             W52, “hot + cool * summer”, New York, New York, curated by Mary Dinaburg.

             Michael Steinberg Fine Art, “ in polytechnicolor”, New York, New York.

             PlusUltra Gallery, “all the roses that were ever painted”, Brooklyn, New York.

             Pierce College, “Oh!”, Woodland Hills, California, curated by MeryLynn McCorkle.

             Genovese/Sullivan Gallery, “Group Show”, Boston, Massachusetts.

2003     Fusebox, “Art Positions/Art Basel”, Miami, Florida.

             Byron C. Cohen Gallery, “Inventory”, Kansas City, Missouri.

             Im n Il Gallery, “hello franklin”, Brooklyn, New York.

2002     Fusebox, “Artpoint Art Fair”, Miami, Florida.

             Fusebox, “Chromophilia”, Washington, D.C.

2001     Frederieke Taylor Gallery, “Humanoid”, New York, New York.

             Bucheon Gallery, “Minimal To Excess”, San Francisco, California.

             Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, “Abstract”, New York, New York.

             Im n Il Gallery, “Between:  Peter Coe, David Henderson, Gary Petersen”, Brooklyn, New York.

             Goliath Gallery, “Ripe and Hazy”, Brooklyn, New York.

             Diverse Works, “Humanoid”, Houston, Texas. 

2000     Catherine Moore Gallery, “Winter Paper”, New York, New York.

             Yerba Center for the Arts, “The Pierogi Flat Files”, San Francisco, California.

             Raritan Valley Community College, “The Portrait in the New Millennium”, Somerville, New Jersey.

             Genovese/Sullivan Gallery, “Abstraction”, Boston, Massachussetts.

             Jay Grimm Gallery, “Abstract Paintings on Paper”, New York, New York.

1999     Im n Il Gallery,” Out of Y2K”, Brooklyn, New York.

             The Workspace, “Skintight”, New York, New York.

             Genovese/Sullivan Gallery, “The Big Picture”, Boston, Massachussse

             Vedanta Gallery, “Humanoid”, Chicago. Illinois.

1998     The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, “New Island Views”, Staten Island, New York.

             Raritan Valley Community Center, “Unnatural Selection”, Somerville, New Jersey.

             White Box Gallery, “Fashioned”, New York, New York.

             Islip Art Museum, “Brite Magic”, East Islip, New York.

             Visual Arts Museum, “After School”, New York, New York, curated by Klaus Kertess. 

             Hopper Art House Center, “Gary Petersen and John Rosis”, Nyack, New York.

1997     Gasworks, “New York Drawers”, Pierogi Gallery Flatfiles, London, England.

             Seton Hall University Law School, “Painting Still Happens”, Newark, New Jersey.

             Jeffrey Coploff Gallery, “Sizzle”, New York, New York.

1994     Trans Hudson Gallery, “Jersey Fresh”, Jersey City, New Jersey.

             E.S. Van Dam Gallery, “Remotion”, New York, New York.

1993     Islip Art Museum, “Zoo Extracts”, East Islip, New York.

             The American Academy of Arts and Letters, “The American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture”, New York, New York.

             The Newark Museum, “New Jersey Fine Arts Annual”, Newark , New Jersey.

1992     Valencia College, “The Forceful Gesture”, Orlando, Florida.

             White Columns, “Update 1992”, New York, New York.

             Marymount Manhattan College, “An Obscure Object To Desire”, New York, New York.

1991     Painting Space 122, “A Different Normal”, New York, New York.




2014     The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Art Purchase Award, The Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Fund.

2011     New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Painting Fellowship Award, Trenton, New Jersey.

2010    The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, The Space Program 2010-2011, Brooklyn, New York.

2003     Brodsky Center (Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper), Fellowship Award, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

2002     New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Painting Fellowship Award, Trenton, New Jersey.

1993     New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Painting Fellowship Award, Trenton, New Jersey.

1988     Edward F. Albee Foundation, Visual Arts Fellowship, New York, New York.




2012   Artist Lecture Series, 152 Eagle Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

2011   The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

           Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey.




Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas.

University of Texas William P. Clemens Jr. University Hospital, Dallas, Texas

Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia

U.S. State Department, Art Bank Program, Washington, D.C.

Torys, LLP, New York, New York

Johnson and Johnson Corporation, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, New York.

Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, New Jersey.




The School of Visual Arts, M.F.A. Painting, 1987

The Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Animal Science, 1978



2013     Brian Morris Gallery, “Endless Summer”, New York, New York. Reviewed in ArtNews, December, 2013, page 100.




2015      Panero, James. “Gallery Chronicle”, The New Criterion, February 2015, pages 41-42.

              Haber, John.  “2.18.15-Keeping Busy“,, February 18, 2015,

              Corio, Paul.  “Seen in New York -2015”, Henri Art Magazine, January, 2015.

2014      Panero, James. “Gallery Chronicle”, The New Criterion, November 2014.

              Corio, Paul. “Seen in New York, September 2014”, abstractcritical,, October 3, 2014.

              Blumgart, Jake. “Jawnts: An Art Exhibition for the Geometrically Minded”, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 3, 2014.

              Newhall, Edith. “Galleries: A Fine Show of ‘Something Else’ “, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 10, 2014.

              Schwartz, Chip. “Gary Petersen Divides Objects from  Experiences at Tiger Strikes Asteroid”, Knight Arts/The Knight Foundation, August 12, 2014.

              Kress, Noreen. “Imperfect geometry – Gary Petersen”s zip line tow rope”,,

                         August 21, 2014.

              Panero, James. “Gallery Chronicle: On the “Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts” at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York.”, The New Criterion, April, 2014.

2013      Keeting, Zachary and Joy, Christopher. “Gary Petersen Studio Visit”, video interview, Gorky’s Grandaughter, August, 2013.

              Behnke, Paul. “Painting in Chelsea@The Beginning of August”, Structure and Imagery Blog, August 2, 2013.

              Stopa, Jason. “Whitehot Watch”, Whitehot Magazine, July 2013.

              Hassell, Matthew. “Drifting Towards Perfection”,, Art Reviews, February 22, 2013. 

              New American Paintings: Northeast Edition, The Open Studios Press, Boston, MA, number 104,  February/March 2013.

2012      Church, Amanda. “In Conversation: Amanda Church interviews Gary Petersen”, NY Arts Magazine,Volume 19, Fall 2012, pages 14-15. 

              Scheifele, Kris. “Kris Scheifele interviews Gary Petersen”, Site 95,Volume 01, Issue 07, pages 8-11.

              Panero, James. “There Are No Giants Upstairs”, The Wall Street Journal, Greater New York, July 7-8, 2012, p. A20.

              Frederick, Jeff, “Gary Petersen And Halsey Hathaway”, Art in America, Exhibition Reviews, May 2012, no. 5: p. 177.

              Kalm, James."Gary Petersen, Halsey Hathaway and Rob DeOude at StorefrontBushwick",

The James Kalm Report, Rough Cuts, January 2, 2012.

              Gomez, Enrico. "January in Brooklyn", WagMag, Critic's Pic, January, 2012, p.12.

              Butler, Sharon. "Abstraction in early 2012", Two Coats of Paint, January 13, 2012.

              Jovanovic, Rozalia, "StorefrontBushwick presents Gary Petersen and Halsey Hathaway",

Flavorpill, January 16, 2012.

2011      Mattera, Joanne, “Optic Nerve: Douglas Melini, Gary Petersen, Sarah Walker at Mckenzie Fine Art”, Joanne Mattera Art Blog, October 5, 2011. 

              Maine, Stephen. Wall Works. (Catalogue), The Painting Center, New York, New York.

              Waddell, Roberta. Marked Differences (Catalogue), Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York.

2009      Kalm,  James, “Brooklyn Dispatches Bushwick Biennial: Venice It Ain’t”,  The Brooklyn Rail,  Artseen,  July-August 2009.

2007      Maine, Stephen, “A Wild Horizon”, The New York Sun, Gallery Going, July 5, 2007, Section II, p.15 & p.20.

2006      Maine, Stephen. “Gary Petersen at Michael Steinberg”, Art in America, Review of Exhibitions, April, 2006, no. 4: p. 160

2005     Johnson, Ken. “Julie Langsam:’From Here To Modernity” and Gary Petersen:‘Colossal Youth’. The New York Times, The Listings, December 2, 2005: section B, p.27

2004     Johnson, Ken. “Hot + Cool*Summer”. The New York Times, Art Guide, August 6, 2004: section E, p.34

2003     Trafton, Robin. “Taking Stock of Multiculturalism”, The Kansas City Star”, Preview Section, July 25, 2003 p.31

             New American Paintings: Mid-Atlantic Edition, Open Studio Press, Boston, MA, number 45, May 2003.

2002     Temin, Christine. “Critics Picks”, Boston Globe, Weekend: Galleries, April 12, 2002 p.C18.

             McQuaid, Cate. “Gary Petersen: Recent Work”, The Boston Globe, Weekend: Galleries, April 19, 2002 p.C20.

             Dixon, Glenn. “Batchelor Boys”, Washington City Paper, February 8, 2002 p. 50.

2001     Volk, Gregory. Humanoid. (Catalogue), Diverse Works Art Space, Houston, Texas.

2000     Wilkin, Karen. “At the Galleries”, Partisan Review 2, Spring 2000: p. 293

             Karlins, N.F.. “Drawing Notebook: What’s New” Magazine, February, 2000

1999     Sherman, Mary. “Southend ready  for Really Big Shows”,  Boston Sunday Herald, July 11, 1999: p. 49.

             McQuaid, Cate.  “Gary Petersen: New Paintings and Drawings”, The Boston Globe, June 3, 1999: section E. p.1