Sunday Meeting - Peter Hristoff: On Being an Artist

Date: 
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 11:00am
Location: 
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Peter Hristoff
Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen presides

A story that is shared by all artists and is also always unique to each: Peter will talk about being an artist, a teacher and a person trying to make a difference in the lives of others in a way that is as interconnected and as seamless as possible. He will touch on being an emigrant; coming of age and artistic maturity during the early years of the A.I.D.S. crisis; his focus on teaching students how to look carefully and his involvement with rug making in Turkey.

Peter Hristoff was born 1958 in Istanbul. He immigrated to New York with his family in 1963. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1981, and completed his master’s degree at Hunter College, City University of New York in 1983. In the mid-1980s, he started dividing his time between Turkey and the US. Hristoff describes his work as exploring themes of joy, sorrow, hope, despair, belief and desire. He is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Award in Painting, the New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Drawing, and the Moon and Stars Project Grant. Currently, Hristoff is a Professor of painting and drawing at the School of Visual Arts in New York.