Peter Marcus creates large-scale composite prints using a unique collagraph printmaking process. He says that his work crosses boundaries between painting, printmaking and drawing. As a professor of art at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, for over thirty years, Marcus began experimenting with large prints of buildings. After several years of retirement in Jamestown, Rhode Island, he turned his attention to the face, creating provocative portraits of his friends and family. Originally from New York, Marcus obtained a BS from Parsons School of Design and an MFA from Brooklyn College, with special studies in printmaking at the Scuola del Libro in Urbana, Italy. Marcus has exhibited nationally and is represented in the collections of the Newport Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum and Dallas Museum of Art, among others. 


Peter Marcus, photograph by Scott Lapham

Peter Marcus, photograph by Scott Lapham




Peter E. Marcus

52 Ocean  Ave., Jamestown, Rhode Island 02835

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1964                   Special Studies in Printmaking, Scuola del Libro, Urbino, Italy

1964                   M.F.A. Printmaking, Brooklyn College

1962                   B.S. Industrial Design, New York University

1960                   Certificate, Parson’s School of Design


Professional Experience

1967-1999            Professor of Fine Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

                             Teach:  painting and printmaking

1978-1988             Chair, Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking Department     

1965-1967             Instructor in Art, University of Wisconsin – Stout, Menomonie, WI

                              Taught: Printmaking, Three-dimensional design, industrial design, and art appreciation



1988                     National Endowment for the Arts – Mid-Atlantic Foundation

                             National Endowment for the Arts – Special Projects



2011                     Lifetime Teaching Award

                            Southern Graphics Council International

1985                    National Endowment for the Arts Senior Visual Arts Fellowship Grant

1984                     M-AAA/NEA (Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment

                             for the Arts) Fellowship for Visual Artists in Printmaking



1978-1980             Grant for Master Print Workshop. Start of Island Press

1976                      Member – Missouri Council for the Arts

2017                      Board member Jamestown Art center



2017                    Anna Maria College, Paxton MA

2016                    Networks

2015                    Newport Art Museum , Newport Rhode Island

2013                   Jamestown Art Center, Jamestown Rhode Island

2011                     Stienberg Art museum, St.Louis MO

2006                   Molloy College, Long Island New York

                            Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis MO

                            Bruno David gallery, st.louis MO

2002                   Lydon Art, Chicago, IL

                            Elliot Smith Gallery, St. Louis, MO

1999                    Elliot Smith Gallery, St. Louis, MO

                            University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

                            Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NE

1996                    Indiana University of Pennsylfania, Indiana, PA

                            Elliot Smith Gallery, St. Louis, MO (one-person)

1995                    Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY

                            University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, AL

                            Milliken University, Decatur, IL (one-person)

                            Jansen Koos Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

                            Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL (one-person)

1994                    University of South Dakota

                            R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO

                            Elliot Smith Gallery (one-person), St. Louis, MO

1993                    “Big Print,” University of Dallas, Dallas, TX

                            Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX

                            Drawing Center, New York, NY

                            Shed Aquarium, Chicago, IL

                            Elliot Smith Gallery, St. Louis, MO

1991                     Locus Gallery, St. Louis, MO

                            Walnut Street Gallery, Springfield, MO

1990                    Jan Ciciero Gallery, Chicago, IL One-person show

                            Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL Three-person show

1989                    Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL Group show

                            “Galerie Van Mourik,” Rotterdam, The Netherlands

                            Locus Gallery, St. Louis, MO

1988                    Suwa, Japan

                            Nanjing, China

                           Joy Moss Gallery, Miami, FL

1986                    B.Z. Wagman, St. Louis, MO

                           “Currents 32: The Narragansett Bay Series,” St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

1985                    “Mid-America Arts Alliance/ National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Winners,” Traveling exhibition

                            “Mid-Four Annual Juried Art Exhibition,” Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

1983                    “One of a Kind,” Maryland Art Institute

1980                     “Works on Paper,” Missouri Arts Council

                              Montclair State, Montclair, NJ

1978                      Barbara Okun Gallery, St. Louis, MO 

                              Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL

1977                      Heron School of Art, Artist in Residence

                              Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Artist in Residence

                              Katherine Markel Gallery, New York, NY

1976                      Mid-West Artist, Krannert Museum

1975                      Barbara Okun Gallery, St. Louis, MO

1974                      Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1973                      The St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

1972                      Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

1968                      San Diego State College, San Diego, CA 

1967                       Los Angeles County Museum

                              University of Kentucky

                              University of Minnesota 

1967                       Wisconsin Printmakers

                              New York State University, Invitational, Albany, NY

1966                      University of Maine

                               American Federation of Arts, traveling exhibition

                               Walker Art Center, three-man show

                               New York State University, Potsdam, NY

                               Kansas State Black and White Show

                               Brooklyn Museum, NY

1965                       Springfield Museum, Springfield, IL

1964                       Cooper Union Museum, NY





Newport Art Museum, Newport Rhode Island

Southwestern Bell, St. Louis, MO

Boatman’s Bank, St. Louis, MO

Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Commerce Bank, St. Louis, MO

Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX

Europe-Wide I

Joseph Pulitzer. Jr.

Mark Twain Banks, St. Louis, MO

Newark Public Library, NJ

Queens College, Queens, NY

Ralston Purina, St. Louis, MO

Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO

University of Wisconsin – Stout, WI

The St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

The Seven-Up Company, St. Louis, MO

United Airlines


United States Steel, NY

United States Embassy, Nicosia, Cyprus

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Elvehjem Museum, WI

Washington University, St. Louis, MO

University of Missouri – St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo

William Gass

Milliken University, Decatur, IL

Beach Museum, Kansas State University, KS

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA

Ann Janss, Los Angeles, CA

Daum Museum , MO


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Rockport Publishers, Inc., Glouchester, MA, 1997.

45 Contemporary American Printmakers, 1999.