Mimi Calise Peterson Bio
Mimi was born in Queens, New York and raised in Danbury, Connecticut. Mimi and Art moved to southeastern Pennsylvania in 1976. She began her art school training in 1980 and graduated from Philadelphia College of Art in 1985 with a BFA in painting. In 2014 Mimi and Art moved to Silver City, NM and now work from their home studios.
She started showing her paintings on canvas and on paper locally in the Philadelphia area in 1986, and has also exhibited her work in, Harbour Island, Bahamas; Baltimore, MD; Denver, CO; British Columbia, Canada; and 2009 to present in Silver City, NM.
Awards and Recognition
- Silver City Clay Festival, Neo-Mimbrenos juried exhibit, July 2013;“Clay to Paper: Two Bowls Full”, FIRST PLACE
- Contemporary Basketry, Monday October 17, 2016;
- Artists’ Book Cornucopia V. Denver, CO, April 18-June 7, 2014;
Artists’ Book Cornucopia VII, Denver, CO, Sept. 15 – Oct. 29, 2016; Abecedarian Gallery, “Art of the Fold” exhibit and on line catalog, Denver, CO; 2019, www.abecedariangallery.com, book purchased by Baylor University Library Special Collections, “Forth Floor Walk-up/NYC”.
We artists are architects, magicians and pranksters.
We know the importance of a good solid foundation.
From there we can build out, up, around and even flat.
We work in dimensions 1, 2, 3, and possibly 4.
We build walls, break down walls, come up against walls and pass through walls.
Some of us may know exactly where we are going, get lost in the journey and are surprised at where we end up.
We use geometry, physics, color theory and psychology to play with your emotions.
We create space and moments in time.
We invite you into our spaces and push you away.
We create complexity from simplicity and simplicity from complexity.
We ask questions and answer questions.
Our inspirations are found externally and internally.
We can show you your reality and create new realities.
Our materials and their uses are infinite.
We can surprise and disappoint.
We can tell you a story, or let you create your own.
View a video of Mimi in her studio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK8JeEHTSJk&t=3s