FROM ROOTS TO CELEBRATION OF THE NEW

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Sammy Peters

Connie Connally

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Artist Statement

 

After 50 years of painting I’ve never written an art statement that I like. My first one is an embarrassment. Very cocky and was mocking some 1960’s artists’ pretentious statements. Perhaps part of the problem is that I don’t think in terms of verbal solutions in painting and my paintings are not planned. My paintings inhabit their own cosmos and when I attempt to decant their essence, I’m frustrated. I don’t like limits. Visually I’m interested in the spaces and places between the cracks of what I know. In a formal sense, I’m attracted to colors that are hard to name. Frequently when the painting is complete I find a hint of a still life, a landscape, an interioror even a figurative element. Much like finding images in the clouds.

 
 

 
 

Portfolio

 
 
 
 

 
 

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions / Since 2000

 

Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA 2018

 

Sammy Peters: Then and Now Survey Exhibition

Butler Center Galleries/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock, AR June 9-August 26 2017

 

LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM 2017

 

Sammy Peters: Then and Now Survey Exhibition

Memphis, TN, August-September 2016

 

Sammy Peters: Then and Now Survey Exhibition

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Fort Smith, AR, April-June 2016

 

LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM 2015

Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR 2014

LewAllen Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ 2013

LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM 2013

Alan Avery Art Company, Atlanta, GA 2013

LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM 2011

Alan Avery Art Company, Atlanta, GA 2009

LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM 2009

The Heights Gallery, Little Rock, AR  2008

Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ  2008

LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM 2007

Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ  2005

LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM  2005

Craighead/Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2004

Contemporanea, Hot Springs, AR  2004

Hendrix College, Conway, AR 2003

New Gallery, Houston, TX  2002

LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM  2003

Perry Nicole Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2002

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions / Since 2000

 

M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK, 2018

Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, TN 2018

LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, Nm 2017

Greg Thompson Fine Art, Little Rock, AR 2016

The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR 2016

Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee 2016

Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, 2016

Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV 2016

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock, AR, 2015

Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee 2014

Greg Thompson Fine Art, Little Rock, Arkansas 2014

The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, 2014

Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas 2014

Winthrop Rockefeller Legacy Exhibition, Morrilton, AR 2011

Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV, 2010

Alan Avery Art Company, Atlanta, GA 2010

Kouros Gallery, New York, NY, 2009

Multiple Impressions, New York, NY, 2007

Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, AR, 2007

Gail Harvey Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 2006

Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, 2005

Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX, 2005

LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 2003

Contemporanea, Hot Springs, AR, 2002

Perry Nicole Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2002

The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, 2000

 

 

Awards & Fellowships

 

2003 VSC Press Printmaking Fellowship

2001 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship

2000 MacDowell Fellowship

1992 M-AAA/NEA Fellowship

1967 Juror's Award, 10th Delta Annual

1965 Juror's Top Award, 10th Annual Mid-South Exhibition

1965 Juror's Special Mention Award, 6th Dixie Annual

 

 

Selected Collections

 

The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Technical College, Russellville, AR

Atkins Insurance Corporation, Little Rock, AR

Baptist Rehabilitation Institute, Little Rock, AR

Brooks-Pollard Advertising, Little Rock, AR

The Communications Group, Little Rock, AR

The Entergy Corporation, Jackson, MS

Regions Bank, Little Rock, AR

Gene Hackman, Santa Fe, NM

Hendrix College, Conway, AR

Palazzo Resort Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

Hot Springs Fine Arts Center, Hot Springs, AR

McDonalds, London, England

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, Little Rock, AR

Estate of Winthrop Rockefeller, Petit Jean, AR

The Rose Firm, Little Rock, AR

The Venetian Resort Hotel, Macao, China

Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Southland Corporation, Dallas, TX

Stephens Incorporated, Little Rock, AR

Twin City Printing, North Little Rock, AR

University of Arkansas Medical Center, Little Rock, AR

Bank of America, Little Rock, AR

Arthur Young & Company, Little Rock, AR

JPMS Cox PLLC, Little Rock, AR

 

 

Catalogs

 

2017

Sammy Peters: Then and Now, Butler Center Galleries/Little Rock, AR. Essay by Peter Frank, 27 color plates

 

2016

Sammy Peters: Then and Now, Memphis College of Art. Essay by Peter Frank, 30 color plates

 

2016

Sammy Peters: Then and Now, University of Arkansas / Fort Smith. Essay by Peter Frank, 28 color plates

 

2015

Disparate Acts Redux: Bailin, Criswell, Peters

Introduction by Leslie N. Peacock, essay by Warren Criswell, 13 color plates

 

2007

Silent Metronome,

Works from 2006-2007

Sammy Peters interviewed by Ruth

Pasquine, Ph.D., 18 color plates

 

2001

Sammy Peters/ Portals and Intentions,

LewAllen Contemporary, solo exhibit, essay by Peter Frank, 22 color plates

 

1994

Sammy Peters/ Paintings on Paper and Canvas,

The Arkansas Arts Center, solo exhibit, essay by Donald Kuspit, introduction by Townsend Wolfe and Ruth Pasquine. 16 color plates

 

1989

Baser Matter, Traveling Exhibition, 14 color plates, Essays by John S. Slorp and Lloyd W. Benjamin

 

1986

Dated Works, Traveling Exhibition, 10 color plates, Essay by Michael Preble

 

 

Studies:

 

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Arts Center School of Arts and Drama, Little Rock, AR

San Francisco Mime Troupe, San Francisco, CA

 

 

Workshops/Visiting Artist:

 

Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN 1989, 1991, 2016

Hendrix College 1996, Conway, Arkansas

Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX 1994

Arkansas Arts Center 1986, 1988, 1990

University of Arkansas at Little Rock 1988, 1990