Gary Petersen was born (1956) in Staten Island, New York. He holds a B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.F.A. from The School of Visual Arts.

Recent solo exhibitions have included McKenzie Fine Art (2016), Theodore:Art in Brooklyn (2015), The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (2014), Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia (2014) and Winkleman Gallery CRL (2013). Past solo exhibitions include 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 Carroll and Sons (Boston, 2016), Mount Airy Contemorary (Philadelphia, 2016), Curator's Office (D.C., 2016),  The University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2015), Morgan Lehman Gallery (NY 2015), The University of Hawaii, Manoa (2015), The American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition (2014), Jamie Brooks Fine Art (CA, 2014), David Klein Gallery (MI, 2014), Geoffrey Young Gallery (MA, 2016, 2014) and Elizabeth Harris Gallery (NY, 2014).

His work has been reviewed and covered by HyperAllergic (John Yau, 2016), ArtNews (2015), Art in America (2012 and 2005), The Philadelphia Inquirer, Knight Arts Foundation, The New Criterion, The Wall Street Journal, HaberArts, NY Arts Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Partisan Review.

Awards have included The MacDowell Colony Fellowship 2017, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Art Purchase Fund Award 2014, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Space Program 2010-2011, in Brooklyn, New York, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Painting Fellowship Award for 2011, 2002,1993 and the Edward F. Albee Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship Award, 1988. 

His work is in several private and public collections including The Dallas Museum of Art, The United States Department of State, Fidelity Investments, Roanoke College and The University of Texas Hospital, Dallas, Texas. He currently has a studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn and resides in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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