Franklin Peters Artist Talk

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This event has been canceled. We are working to find a new time when Franklin Peters can come to campus.

Acoma potter Franklin Peters will discuss his art and process. This talk culminates a five-day visit to the university that includes a studio demonstration and collections research. Pots made by Peters' grandmother, Rosalie Vallo, will be on view in the third-floor Visual Laboratory.

Franklin Peters was born into the Sky Clan in Acoma Pueblo. He learned the art of pottery making as he grew up surrounded by some of Acoma’s most well-known potters: Ella Peters (his mother), Florence Aragon, Rachel Aragon, Phyllis Juanico, Dorothy Torivio, Wilfred Garcia, Frederica Antonio, and Barbara and Joseph Cerno.

Franklin was honored with the 2011 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. He studied the methods and designs of his Acoma ancestors and the ways to incorporate them into his contemporary work. Today, Franklin’s pottery is characterized by bold slips and colors. He likes sharp lines in his striking mixes of traditional and contemporary Acoma and Laguna designs.

As part of the Sky Clan, Franklin says he is always praying for rain. On his pots, the thin, fine lines symbolize rain and those constant prayers.

Thursday, March 23, 2023 7:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52242
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