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Born in Boston, MA, 1973
Lives in Providence, RI


B.F.A. in Film/Video/Animation, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 1997

Solo Exhibitions

Glass Eye, Scooters for Peace, Tokyo, Japan


Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

Wavepacks, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA

Neon Gray, Galleri LOYAL, Malmo, Sweden

Turns Into Stone, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA

Arcade, Positions / Art Basel Miami Beach, John Connelly Presents 
Multidimensional Warp, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
Ara Peterson’s Energy Fields, 2003, curated by Douglass Freed, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO

Wotcha, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY 

The Wedge, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
Selected Videos 1997-2005, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

100!, The Hundredth Exhibition, Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
The Bellport Anarchist Society, curated by Barry McGee, Auto Body, Bellport, NY
Post Analog Studio, The Hole, New York, NY
Vinyls & Clips, Sound Collection Guy, Schraenen & clips d’artistes, Frac Franche-Comté, Besancon, France

DFW, Slow Culture, Los Angeles
At Home, Launch F18, New York

What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present, RISD Museum, Providence, RI (travelled Matthew Marks, New York)

The Optical Unconscious/Das Optische Unbewusste curated by Bob Nickas, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland
This is Our Music, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
A Massive Swelling, Mudguts, Brooklyn NY

XSTRACTION, The Hole, New York, NY
Locally Made, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence RI

Transmission LA: AV Club, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Abstract Realities, The Studios, Key West, FL

Dadarhea, Canada Gallery, New York, NY
Among the Breakage, David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Providence, RI
New York Minute, The Garage, Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
Frederik Meijer, Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI

FORCEFIELD: Videos, Paul Pieroni's Programme, London 
Ashes To Ashes, AMP, Athens, Greece

Wynwood Walls, in collaboration with Jim Drain, Goldman Properties, Miami, FL
eARTS Beyond, Shanghai International Gallery Exhibition of Media Art
Borderland Abstraction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE 

New York Minute, MACRO FUTURE, Rome, Italy
Liberation upon Contact, Ratio 3, San Francisco
Galaxy: A Hundred or So Stars Visible to the Naked Eye, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum

It Ain’t Fair, O.H.W.O.W, Miami, FL
Materialized: New American Video and...., Bergen Kunsthalle, Bergen, Norway
Constraction, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

Alpha, Ratio 3, San Francisco
Deaf "From the audible to the visible" II, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris

Music is a Better Noise, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center/The Museum of Modern Art, Long Island City, NY
Cosmic Wonder, with Jim Drain, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
The 59th Minute: Video Art on the NBC Astrovision by Panasonic, Times Square, New York, NY 
The Gallery Show, Extra City Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium 
Slow Burn, Galerie Edward Mitterand, Geneva, Switzerland
Panic Room, The Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

Hypnogoogia, Deitch Projects, installation with Jim Drain, New York, NY 
Extreme Abstraction, Albright-Knox Art Gallery in collaboration with Deitch Projects, Buffalo, NY
The Jeweleigha Set, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NY
Seventh Annual Altoids Curiously Strong Collections, various locations

Wiggin Village, installation with Jim Drain, The Moore Space, Miami, FL
Color Wheel Oblivion, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
The Transparent Eyeball, Liverpool Biennale, UK
Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center/The Museum of Modern Art, Long Island City, NY
Collection (or how I spent my year), P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center/The Museum of Modern Art, Long Island City, NY 
Tedious Limbs Exhibit, Flynn Farm. LA, CA
Domestic Porn, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, Poland

Group Show, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Bizarre Love Triangle, installation with Jim Drain and Eamon Brown, The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA
It Happened Tomorrow, installation with Jim Drain and Eamon Brown, Biennale d’arte contemporian De Lyon, France
Window installation with Jim Drain, H.P.France:Bjoux, Tokyo Station, Japan 
Piled high, Hanna hp grp, Tokyo, Japan
Regarding Amy, installation with Jim Drain, Green Naftali Gallery, New York, NY
Karaoki Death Machine, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, NY
Body of Work, Gallery Agniel,  Providence, RI
Paper Rodeo Group Show, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA  

The Kids are Alright, ATM Gallery, New York, NY
Group show, as Forcefield, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Flashpapers, as Forcefield, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, NY
Body of Work, as Forcefield, Gallery Agniel, Providence, RI
Third Annual Roggabogga, as Forcefield, 2002 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Forcefield, Parlour Projects, Brooklyn, NY



Rosenberg, Karen. “Galleries.” The New York Times. 16 Dec 2016. Print.
Melendez, Franklin. Ara Peterson. New York: Seems, 2010. Print.
Golonu, Berin. “William T. Wiley and Ara Peterson.” Art on Paper Nov. 2008: 74–75. Print.
LeBlanc, Marc. “Ara Peterson.” Artillery Sep. 2007: 43. Print.
Diaz, Karla. “Ara Peterson.” Beautiful Decay 2007: 36. Print.
Georgeopoulos, Alexis. “Ara Peterson: Multidimensional Warp.” The San Francisco Bay Guardian 23 May 2007: 41. Print.
Bing, Alison. “Ara Peterson.” Jul. 2005. Web.
Color Wheel Oblivion. Milan, Italy: Marella Arte Contemporanea, 2004. Print. 
Cotter, Holland. “Review.” The New York Times 27 May 2005: B23. Print. 
Finkel, Jori. “Front Page: Miami Beach in December: Cool Stuff.” Art in America Dec. 2004. Print.
Honada, Maki. “Anytime Psychedelic.” Studio Voice Sep. 2003: 13. Print.
Nickas, Robert. “GOREFEST 2004.” Vice Magazine 2004: 46. Print.
Orden, Abraham. “Jim Drain & Ara Peterson.” artUS Mar. 2005: 17. Print.
Schwendener, Martha. “Regarding Amy.” Jul. 2003. Web.
Smith, Roberta. “A Grand Finale of Group Show Fireworks.” The New York Times 18 Jul. 2003: B29.
Smith, Roberta. “Art in Review: The Jeweleigha Set.” The New York Times 15 Jul. 2005.
“The Rainbow Men Have Come to the Marunouchi Bldg,” BT Magazine 2003: 10–11.
Yablonsy, Linda. “Regarding Amy,” Time Out 10 Jul. 2003.


Houston Energy Corridor

Embassy of the United States, Vientiane Laos
Hall Wines, St. Helena, California


Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
The Deitch Archive, New York, NY
The Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
The Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, OH
RISD Museum, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI