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Corinne D. Peterson

4517 N. Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60640, U.S.A.
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Phone: 773-742-5037

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Artist Statement

All of my art is an attempt to examine divisions, opposing forces, and the struggle for healing. In some way each work is a metaphor for the divide I experience in myself when I ignore the truth. This disconnecting not only cuts me off from pain, but also from compassion and the ability to transform. It seems to me that my tendency to split from truth is common to others as well and has marred much of human history. So for me, artmaking is a force for making connections between fragments, between the past and the present, and between opposing forces of nature.

Clay has been my primary medium, since dreams about clay objects in the mid 1980s led me to make art. By turning to clay to sculpt my dreams, I was able to extend my meditation on them. Clay’s earthiness and responsiveness enables me to shape the textures and forms I envision.  I also have worked in bronze and encaustic, incorporating found materials.

Works in the Marker Series are inspired by particular moments of heightened awareness, such as when I encounter a particular dream, poem, war news, or the death of a friend.  Their form is inspired by old stone markers I’ve seen, sometimes at intersections, in England and France.

When creating a public mural, I work with architects, schools, community agencies and others to create art that will reflect issues and ideas relevant to the community where the public work will be installed. 




  • MSW 1980 Jane Addams School of Social Work, University of Illinois Chicago
  • BA 1958 North Park University, Chicago

Selected Public Art lnstallations

  • 2007 Prairie Roots and Learning Paths, clay tile mural, Colin Powell Middle School, Matteson, IL, with Sonata Kazimieraitiene  
  • 2005 Imagining the Possibilities, clay tile mural, Fosco Park, City of Chicago, Erikson Institute commission
  • 2005 The Nature of the Place, clay tile mural, City of Chicago commission, Senior Center at  Portage Park, IL
  • 2004 Underwater View,  clay tile mural, Margate Park, Chicago
  • 2002 Hopes and Dreams, carved clay tile and mosaic mural, CTA Rapid Transit link, Roosevelt and State,    Chicago Public Art Group, Project Millenium and CDOT commission,  with Juan Chavez
  • 2006-1997  carved clay murals in many other Chicago area communities

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2007 Here I Stand, Chicago Theological Union Gallery
  • 2005 Journey to Now, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago
  • 2002 Deep on the Surface, Gallery 1021, Chicago
  • 1998 Hope, Fear and the Opening, Isis Gallery, Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana
  • 1998 Works Following a Trip to Taiwan, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago
  • 1996 Spirals, Twisters, Whirlpools, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago
  • 1995 True Stories and Other Tricks, Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
    Selected Group Exhibitions
  • 2007 Chicago Sculpture International Exhibit, Oakton Community College
  • 2007-6 Ragdale 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Chicago Cultural Center
  • 2006-05 People of the Mud, Chicago Tourism Center
  • 2004, 03, 02 Group Shows, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago
  • 2003 State of Clay, curated by Beverly Kedzior, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
  • 2002 SOFA, Perimeter Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago
  • 2000 Kite Show, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago
  • 1998 Sculptures in Clay, Gallery Northwest, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN
  • 1997 19th Biennial Regional, South Bend Regional Museum of Art,  South Bend, IN
  • 1995 Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 99th Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC

Selected Awards & Grants

  • 2005, 04, 02 Ragdale Foundation Fellowhip
  • 2004 Hopes and Dreams, Grand Prize, Skyline Award for Tile Design, International Masonry Institute
  • 2003 Hopes and Dreams, Public Art Award, Chicago Bar Association
  • 2003, 94, 92 Grant: Chicago Artist Assistance Program, Department of Cultural Affairs
  • 2008-96 Selected for roster of Illinois Arts Council Arts in Education residency program

Selected Reviews, Features & Publications

  • 2007 World Contemporary Public Ceramic Art, Zhang Yushan, Hunan Arts Press, China
  • 2003 Chicago Journal, Jan. 2, Clay: What dreams are made of
  • 2000 Urban Art Chicago, by Olivia Gude and Jeff Huebner, Ivan R. Dee Publications
  • 1995 New City, June 1, True Stories and Other Tricks, solo show at Northwestern University
  • 1993 Dialogue: Arts in the Midwest, May/June, Central American Realities, exhibit curated by Peterson 
  • Amoco Corporation
  • Burrell Communications
  • Deloitte 
  • Northwestern University
  • David C. Ruttenberg  
    Professional Activities
  • 2005-96 teacher at Lillstreet Art Center and in numerous Chicago area school residencies
  • 2006, 05, 03 resident artist, Ragdale Foundation
  • 2007, 03, 99, 93 curator, exhibitions at Woman Made and ARC Gallery, Chicago
  • 2003, 01, 98 panelist, State of Clay, Evanston Art Center; Past & Future of Ceramic Art, Lill Street Art Center; New Dimensions: Five Views, SOFA, Navy Pier
  • 1998 resident artist, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan