Larry Peters

Born: Manhattan, Kansas 1938

Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washburn University, 1962. Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, 1965.

Gallery Director of the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery and curator of collections at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1975 – 2003. Gallery Director Emeritus, 2003-.

Participation in exhibitions in various Kansas venues and elsewhere such as the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. and the Wichita National Decorative Arts, the Northcoast Collage Society, Ohio. Currently working in two dimensional and three dimensional media of ceramic/forged steel, collage, wood/metal and exhibit regularly at the Collective Gallery in Topeka.

1967 to 1970 exhibited with U. S. Arts In the Embassy Program in the Kabul, Afghanistan and the Singapore United States Embassies, and the Athens, Greece Embassy most recently.

Served on the American Association of Museums Board, Board of Directors of the Mountain Plains Museums, the Kansas Museums Association. Past President of Kansas Museums Association. Currently on the Board of the Birger Sandzen Gallery and the Foundation Board of the Topeka/Shawnee County Public Library. A juror for art fairs and exhibitions in the region and art consultations.

Developed the “Topeka Competition”, a juried exhibition for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s Alice C. Sabatini Gallery in 1977 and has been an annual show until 2005. It will be every other year after 2005.

Collections of the Wichita Center for the Arts, the Mulvane Art Museum, the Union Pacific Corporation, The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and private collections.

1990 recipient of the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award for Arts Advocacy.

2003 recipient of an Alumni Fellow Award at Washburn University and received the Kansas Museum Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

Artist Statement
I work in two medias, switching back and forth from functional and sculptural ceramics to mixed media, collage. Most of the sculptural ceramics has been inspired by Japanese “Haniwa” grave markers that are totemic. Most of the functional ceramics are in the form of bowls, bottles and covered jars.

The mixed media, collage are tied to the “Holocaust”. Even works not titled with-in the subject are visually related by using a similar pallet. The inspiration for all of this work comes from readings on the “Holocaust”.