Jo Peterson

  • B.A., art, American University, 1971
  • M.V.A., printmaking, Georgia State University, 1976
  • M.F.A., drawing, University of Florida, 1995

"I began teaching almost accidentally but the longer I teach the more natural it seems. I believe the reason I even began teaching was because of my mother, who had been a teacher herself. Her amazing understanding, patience and tolerance are something I try to bring to my classroom. What has kept me teaching has been the joy and satisfaction I feel when a student finally 'gets it' and then keeps going further, realizing that they are capable of doing amazing things on their own."

Jo Peterson | Foundation studies professor

Awards, recognition and honors

1994 President's Award, 12th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida; 1993 President's Award, 11th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida; 1983 Judge's Choice Award, Dekalb Arts '83, Atlanta, Georgia; 1980 Grant recipient, Piedmont Arts Festival, Atlanta, Georgia


Foundation for Art: Theory in Education, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, High Museum of Art

Previous Positions

Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia; Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia; Georgia Perimeter Collge, Clarkston, Georgia; American College of Applied Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia; University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida; Brena University, Atlanta, Georgia; Morris Brown College, Atlanta, Georgia; Dumbarton Oaks, Center for Byzantine and Pre-Columbian Studies, Washington, D.C.

Publications and presentations

  • Deanna Sirlin, Creative Loafing, March 12, 2010; review
  • Michael Mills, New Times, 2(10), January 7 - 13, 1999, 41; review
  • Elisa Turner, Miami Herald, Sunday, November 22, 1998; review
  • Leslie Schworm, Art Papers, 11(5); September/October 1987, 55-56; review
  • "IBM Field Engineering Education", American Craft, 28-31, October/November 1984
  • Contemporary Craft Art Collection, Field Engineering Education Center, Atlanta, Georgia; IBM Brochure. 1984
  • Tom Ferguson, "Local Options: The Work of Laura Strand Mills and Jo Peterson", Fiber Arts, 69, June 1983
  • Catherine Fox, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sunday, January 16, 1983; review
  • Karen Ermutlu, "Callanwolde Fine Arts Center," Art Craft 1 (1): 7-9, Dec 1979/ Jan 1980