Fiber artist Bonnie Peterson’s exhibit, Word Count, will open on January 9 as the Finlandia University Gallery returns to operations. The exhibit will run until February 15, 2023.
“I couldn’t be more excited to begin our new gallery season with Houghton artist Bonnie Peterson,” Gallery Director Carrie Flaspohler said. “The Copper Country is a stronghold of art and culture and Finlandia University Gallery is honored to display the work of an incredibly talented local artist as it relaunches operations.”
Peterson is a visual artist investigating environmental and social issues using embroidery and maps. Peterson’s personal and political subjects have followed the trajectory of her life experiences, from family and human rights issues to outdoor adventures and environmental science. Recent collaborations with scientists on concepts in fire ecology, atmospheric science, permafrost and other geosciences motivate her work.
Peterson has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including the Museum of American Folk Art, Museum of Design Atlanta, Fresno Art Museum, Yosemite Museum, Notebaert Museum Chicago, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art-Chicago, Berlin Science Week, and Art/NaturSci Pavilion Venice. She is a two-time recipient of Artist Fellowships & two Artist Finalist awards from the Illinois Arts Council, a grant from the Michigan Arts & Culture Council, the Puffin Foundation Ltd, the Illinois Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and other honors. Peterson had four National Park artist residencies.
Her work is in public and private collections, including the Museum of Art & Design NYC. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana and an MBA from DePaul University.
An artist reception with Bonnie Peterson will be held Thursday, January 26, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.Art Exhibit, Artist Reception, Bonnie Peterson, Carrie Flaspohler, Finlandia University Gallery, Finnish American Heritage Center, Finnish American Historical Archive, Gallery Reception