Gary Petersen was born (1956) in Staten Island, New York. He holds a B.S. degree in Animal Science from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.F.A. from The School of Visual Arts. Awards have included 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 Visual Arts Fellowship Award, Edward F. Albee Foundation, 1988. His work has been exhibited widely in New York City and throughout the United States. Recent solo exhibitions have included 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 The University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2015), Morgan Lehman Gallery (NY 2015), The American academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition (2014), Jamie Brooks Fine Art (CA, 2014), David Klein Gallery (MI, 2014), Brian Morris Gallery (NY, 2014), Geoffrey Young Gallery (MA, 2014) and Elizabeth Harris Gallery (NY, 2014). His work has been reviewed and covered by 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. His work is in several private and public collections including The Dallas Museum of Art, The United States Department of State, Roanoke College and The University of Texas Hospital, Dallas, Texas. He currently has a studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn and resides in Hoboken, New Jersey.