Jo Peterson

Jo Peterson

Jo Peterson

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

"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."


"To me, being able to keep developing the direction in my own work has been a satisfying achievement. My two solo gallery shows in 2008 and 2010 meant a lot to me. They each provided me with the opportunity to produce cohesive bodies of work that continues to provide new ideas and directions."

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

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

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.

On the Web

Courses Taught

  • DSGN 101 Color: Theory and Application
  • DSGN 115 Creative Thinking Strategies
  • DRAW 100 Drawing I: Form and Space
  • DRAW 101 Drawing II: Composition and Media
  • DRAW 310 Landscape Drawing
  • DRAW 312 Color Drawing
  • PNTG 206 Water-based Media Exploration