Peter Geisser

Peter Geisser has been an active member of the Rhode Island Arts and Art Education Communities for most of his professional life.  His training in painting, ceramics, mosaics and stained glass was done at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he received a Diploma and 5th Year Graduate Certificate.  He also holds a B.S. in Education and a Master of Fine Arts from Tufts University.


As a Stained–Glass Artist, he works exclusively in European–Antique (mouth-blown) glass. In 2007, he completed a five-year project, the RI Hospital Chapel of Hope.  He has done windows for AS220, and the Cancer Center at RI Hospital, as well as having done scores of windows for private homes, public buildings and churches throughout New England, including the chapel of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, R.I. Geisser collaborates with Mika Seeger, on stoneware sculptural/mosaic murals. See Curriculum Vitae for a complete listing.

Geisser has complimented his career as an artist with an active career as an art educator, teaching at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and for the Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Continuing Education and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.  

After thirty years, he has retired as the Art Director at the R.I. School for the Deaf, where he created an Art/Art History Program, which has received worldwide recognition and has been featured in SCHOOL ARTS, February, 1990 and again in January 1991. He has given workshops on the R.I. School for the Deaf’s Art Program around the world as well as at national and regional art education conventions and has a chapter in the National Art Education Association best selling publication, Reaching and Teaching Special Education Students Through Art.  In 2005 Geisser received the Rhode Island Art Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award.  In April 2009, he became the President of Special Needs Art Ed., National Art Education Association.

He is not only an artist/educator, he is an active force in the community. With colleague Mika Seeger, Geisser created, a ceramic mural with 500 people for the India Point Playground, Providence, and in December 2007, they completed a 92 foot ceramic-sculpture/mosaic mural: Waves of Narragansett for the Gilbane Corp. From 1992-96 he created and directed the CIRCLE OF CLAY, a project for VSA Arts R.I., which decorated the Hasbro Children’s Hospital with thousands of ceramic tiles made by 10,000 children from all over the state. He has directed projects and presented programs at the Museum of Art, RISD, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which have brought special needs populations into the mainstream of the art world.

Mr. Geisser is a Past President of the Rhode Island Art Education Association. He is a founding member of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Access Advisory Board, and has been an advisor to the RISD Museum of Art, the R.I. State Council on the Arts, the Governor’s Task Force on Literacy and the Arts, the R.I. Committee for the Humanities, Very Special Arts R.I., Perishable Theatre, City Arts, SAndywoods Farm Inc, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the National Gallery of Art.  He has been honored as:  one of the 350 Outstanding Citizens of R.I. by the City of Providence; one of the 50th Anniversary Scholars at the National Gallery of Art; a recipient of a State of the Arts Award from the R.I. State Council on the Arts.  He received the R.I. Business Volunteers for the Arts Humanitarian Award, for the CIRCLE OF CLAY project, which was noted as the Best Public Art in R.I. by R.I. Monthly Magazine. In 2011, he received the  Marian Dix Award for outstanding Leadership in Art Education from the National association for  Art Education. He appears in Marquis Who’s Who, Paul Norton’s Rhode Island Stained Glass, and Stephan Brigidi’s Remarkable People.  In 1997, the Rhode Island School of Design awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree for his work as an artist, art educator and arts advocate. In 2008, he received The Pell Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts from Trinity Repertory Company, Providence.

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