Paradise Valley Artists of the Year alum display work at Gammage in June

Posted 5/26/22

Father and daughter artists, Jack and Jana Peterson, who were both “Artist of the Year” before at the Paradise Valley City Hall, will exhibit paintings in the Grady Gammage lobby during June.

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Paradise Valley Artists of the Year alum display work at Gammage in June

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Father and daughter artists, Jack and Jana Peterson, who were both “Artist of the Year” before at the Paradise Valley City Hall, will exhibit paintings in the Grady Gammage lobby during June.

The exhibit will line the walls of Gammage at Arizona State University while the  "Come From Away" show is set to run. 

Jana Peterson, a professional painter merging art and technology is a contemporary artist with corporate national and international painting clientele.  Her  work has been in the museum collection in Scottsdale Center for the Arts and displayed in fine galleries, according to a press release.

She has been commissioned to paint murals for the Arizona Science Museum and Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Past exhibits include Grady Gammage, West Valley Art Museum: Great Architecture ... Inner Visions, Herberger Theatre, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Norway’s Marknaden, 2006-2022, Paradise Valley City Hall (Artist of the Year), and Chandler Center for the Arts solo exhibit.

Recently, she exhibited in Reykjavik, Iceland, and at Norway House in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“I want my work to leave an impression, to evoke emotion, to inspire, excite, renew, and change the inner being,” said Jana Peterson in the release.

She is from a family of artists and teachers. Her father, Jack, is a professor emeritus of architectural design, who was director of the School of Architecture at Arizona State University; he also held the position of graduate coordinator for the College and was professor of architecture for 35 years in the College of Architecture, the release said.

He even served on the California Lutheran University Board of Regents. His private practice in Scottsdale, was described as “all-inclusive, involving both residential and commercial design,” including many high-tech industrial facilities in-state and throughout the U.S.

Jack Peterson has received many accolades and honored with “Awards for Excellence in Architecture” by the American Institute of Architecture. His designs for Sperry Space Systems were cited for a joint commendation for “Environmental Excellence.”

A Paradise Valley resident for 58 years, he influenced the plans to transform Indian Bend from the concrete ditch plans to the chain of parks, golf courses, and water features, noted the release.

After being in the educational and architectural professions, he continues his paintings and sketches, illustrating “memorable places and spaces in his travels for your visual and intellectual pleasure.”

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