b. 1973, Boston, MA

Lives and works Providence, RI



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


Solo Exhibitions



Derek Eller Gallery, 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, 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


Selected Group Exhibitions



Art Basel Film Sector curated by David Gryn, Art Basel Miami Beach

Group Show, Ratio 3, San Francisco
DFW, Slow Culture, LA

At Home, curated by Dan Nadel, Launch F18, New York



Exposition Providence, curated by Jonas Delaborde, MIAM Musée International des Arts Modestes Sete, France
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

Pattern: Follow The Rules. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI 

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



PortugalArte10. PortugalArte, Lisbon 

FORCEFIELD: Videos, Paul Pieroni's Programme, London 

Ashes To Ashes, AMP, Athens, Greece



Topographies. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY 

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 

The Wynwood Walls, Miami, FL
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, at 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 Curiosly 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.



Melendez, Franklin. “Ara Peterson’s Tension.” Artslant. Nov. 2009. Web. 



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.” SFGate.com Jul. 2005. Web.

Cotter, Holland. “Review.” The New York Times 27 May 2005: B23. Print. 

Orden, Abraham. “Jim Drain & Ara Peterson.” artUS Mar. 2005: 17. Print.

Smith, Roberta. “Art in Review: The Jeweleigha Set.” The New York Times 15 Jul. 2005.



Color Wheel Oblivion. Milan, Italy: Marella Arte Contemporanea, 2004. Print. 

Finkel, Jori. “Front Page: Miami Beach in December: Cool Stuff.” Art in America Dec. 2004. Print.

Nickas, Robert. “GOREFEST 2004.” Vice Magazine 2004: 46. Print.



Honada, Maki. “Anytime Psychedelic.” Studio Voice Sep. 2003: 13. Print.

Schwendener, Martha. “Regarding Amy.” Artforum.com Jul. 2003. Web.

Smith, Roberta. “A Grand Finale of Group Show Fireworks.” The New York Times 18 Jul. 2003: B29.

“The Rainbow Men Have Come to the Marunouchi Bldg,” BT Magazine 2003: 10–11.

Yablonsy, Linda. “Regarding Amy,” Time Out 10 Jul. 2003.




TCH Energy Corridor, Houston Texas



Embassy of the United States, Vientiane Laos

Hall Wines, St. Helena, California



Albright Knox, Buffalo, New York

Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive, University of California Berkeley 

Altoids Curiously Strong Collection/New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

The Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

The Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, Ohio

The Deitch Archive

Museum of Modern Art, New York