"To me, activities in art and music are soul-inspired, and for me and hopefully others, a platform for a spiritual sense of infinity. I'm impelled to work every day because ideas, always new, keep coming into consciousness faster than I can give them form. I love the wonder and beauty around me.”
"I have been involved with art all my life as my parents were artists and my dad a Professor of Ceramics at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.”
Peter Stilton taught art history in the California public university system before turning 21 years old, while getting both of his master's degrees. He continued teaching art, art history, film making, humanities, etc. at the college level full time for another 10 years.
"We then moved to Tampa, Florida to help with my wife's family chocolate business, begun in the 1940s in Miami Beach, Florida. During the next two decades, I did several years of adjunct (part-time) college teaching in the arts while teaching art privately in my studio."
Peter Stilton's primary focus is now his personal practice and he now actively exhibits extensively, having had almost 50 solo shows as well as participated and won awards in numerous group shows, especially in the Tampa Bay region. Highlights of these exhibits are his two solo shows at the Lise Cormery Galerie in Paris in the late 1990s and a solo exhibit at La Sorbonne (University of Paris) in January 1998.
Select Permanent Collections
1999 Office of the Mayor of Paris (Hotel de Ville de Paris), France - "La Fete de Paris"
2000 Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts - “Venetian Poem”
2020 Yukyung Art Museum in the Haegeumgang Museum, Geoje, South Korea - "Concerto Mullet Key"
Select Distinctions and Awards
1978 Fulbright faculty study grant for six weeks in Egypt escorted by government representatives (Eisenhower College/Rochester Institute of Technology, Seneca Falls, New York
1994 United States Navy League commissioned a painting for the newly commissioned ship, the USS Typhoon
1996 National Public Radio feature story for Tampa affiliate WUSF
2012 Tampa Museum of Art featured local artist in their "Art after Dark" event
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts, Kent State University, (Honors College) Kent, Ohio
Master of Arts, History of Art, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Los Angeles, CA
Master of Sciences, Cinema and Film Education, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
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