Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Spring 2019 Shani Peters

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Shani Peters

New York, NY
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Shani Peters (b. 1981 Lansing, MI) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City. Peters holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MFA from the City College of New York. She has presented work in the US and abroad at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City; Seoul Art Space Geumcheon in South Korea; and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare. Selected residencies include those hosted by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The Laundromat Project, and Project Row Houses. Her work has been supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Rauschenberg Foundation, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Peters is a university and museum educator, focusing her teaching at the intersection of art and social change.


“My art practice encompasses community building, activism histories, the subversion of popular media, and the creation of accessible imaginative experiences. Most recently, I have been considering overlaps between cycles of activism and nature, the relationship between destruction and beauty, and the needs for both protest and space to rest. These explorations are a study in self determination, balance, and tension.”


  • Peace & Restoration for Self-Determination (1 and 3 shown), 2016, 6 archival collage prints in custom-lit box frames, 24 x 30 inches each

  • The Crown(s): A Demonstration (Miss America, Miss America and Nzinga Stoke show), 2016, 10 archival prints on foam core, 30 x 40 inches each

  • The Crown Portraits (Nzinga past & Present, and Deity 360 shown), 2016, modulating combinations of 6 studio portraits, 20 x 24 inches and 16 x 20 inches

  • We Promote Knowledge & Love: Parade Day in Harlem (performance shots), 2011, public performance utilizing text-based flyers, sandwich boards, and oversized historical thought leaders paper maché heads, various dimensions

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.