Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5213 USA
- M.F.A., Drawing/Painting, Western Michigan University
- M.A., Lithography, Western Michigan University
- B.F.A., Multi-Media Drawing, University of Iowa
Sydnee Peters is a part-time instructor of art at Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of Art where she teaches courses in foundation art. She has been an instructor in higher education since 1985. Before joining WMU in 2005, she taught at Kendall College of Art and Design and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Peters also works for the College Board in numerous roles concerning advance placement learning.
In 2014, Peters was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award from WMU. She has been awarded numerous grants, most recently in 2012, from the Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative, for a community project of select regional artists and writers under the theme, HOURS, after The Book of Hours, a medieval monastic tradition of meditation at certain times of day. The project was multifaceted and included workshops, an exhibition, a reading, a suite of prints and a book. HOURS was a great success in that it inspired another project culminating in 2015 called HOME: An Artist’s and Writer’s Project and administered by Mindi Bagnall. Currently, Bagnall and Peters have teamed up on a new project, slated for 2017, fashioned after the others, and titled ALCHEMY: An Artist’s and Writer’s Project. The roots of this concept are based in early chemistry and Jung’s notion of the transformative self.
Peters works in a variety of mediums, including drawing, print, photo, book arts, installation, assemblage, carved wood and/or metal and enamel. The materials in which art can be made, and how they can affect idea. is a lifelong interest that she brings to the classroom through personal proficiency and workshops for her students such as bookmaking or drawing machines. She has exhibited throughout Michigan, as well as in New Mexico, Utah, Chicago, Iowa, Canada and Tokyo. She received an M.A. in lithography and an M.F.A. in painting with an emphasis on drawing from WMU. Her B.F.A. is in multi-media drawing with exclusive study with Hans Breder from the University of Iowa with a minor in photography.
She lives in the deciduous Michigan forest with her family, which includes a big dog, a little dog and a bird.