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Peter Symons - CV



  • 2008 Pratt Institute of Design

Master of Fine Arts

  • 2004 Rhode Island School of design (RISD)

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture


Teaching Experience

University of Miami

  • Fall 2018 Graduate Sculpture III 20188-Art 673-34

  • Fall 2018 Advanced Sculpture I 20188-Art 417-34

  • Fall 2018 Intermediate Sculpture 20188-Art 317-34

  • Fall 2018 Introduction to Sculpture 20188-Art 217-32

  • Fall 2018 Introduction to 3d Techniques 20188-Art 104-20

  • Spring 2018 Introduction to Sculpture 20181-Art 217-22 & Art 217-32

  • Spring 2018 Introduction to 3d Techniques 20181-Art 104 -20 & Art 104-20A

  • Fall 2017 Introduction to Sculpture 20178-Art 217-32

  • Fall 2017 Introduction to 3d Techniques 20178-Art 104 -20 & Art 104-30

  • Spring 2017 Introduction to 3d Techniques 20178-Art 104-20 & Art 104-21


Florida Atlantic University

  • Summer 2015 New Production Techniques 60186 Arc 4930 007

A course investigating CNC Technology as it applies to original design projects.

  • Summer 2014 Craft and Construction 58831 ARC 4930 001

A course dedicated to the craft of woodworking from traditional hand working techniques to contemporary methods.

  • Spring 2014 Directed Independent Study ARC 4907 005

Investigating 3d Printers and the production of a working 3d printer.

  • Summer 2013 New Production Techniques 60186 Arc 4930 007

  • Spring 2013 Directed Independent Study 96693 ARC 4907 005

Investigating early stringed instruments and constructing two early instruments: a baroque guitar and a rebec

  • Summer 2012 Craft and Construction 56693 ARC 4930 001

  • Summer 2011 New Production for Prototyping 55828 ARC 4930 002

  • Summer 2010 Furniture Design and Fabrication 55100 ARC 4930 004

A Course looking at the practice of furniture design with an emphasis on creating original works of design.

  • Summer 2009 Furniture Design and Fabrication 53908 ARC 4930 008


Pratt Institute

  • 2007- 2006 Plastics Tech 504-01

Graduate Assistant to professor Richard Budelis,



2017 - Present   University of Miami

Full Time Lecturer Sculpture

  • Teaching a 3 courses per semester in the sculpture and 3D area.

  • Redesign of courses to better align with pedagogical goals and to create a better track for students pursuing a major in sculpture.

  • Additional duties include coordinating graduate students teaching assistant responsibilities.

  • Managing the Wood and Metal shops in the sculpture area.

  • Coordinating and sourcing supplies.


2016-Present What Thing Studio


  • Founding Partner of What Thing Studios, Inc., an art and art fabrication Studio.



2012-Present Art+Light+Space


  • Founding Partner of Art Light Space, Inc., an art and design collaborative that seeks to integrate experiential art into public and private spaces.


2010-Present FATVillage, 501c3


  • Work with Leah Brown to curate The FATVillage Projects, an 8,000 sq ft project space and the FAR Gallery, a 2,000 sq ft fine art gallery.

2008-2015 Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture

Woodshop technician and part time faculty

  • Duties include managing and maintaining the two fabrication studios for the School of Architecture.

  • Developing the digital fabrication capabilities of the school, teaching computer aided manufacturing techniques to the faculty and students.

  • Procuring internal grants totaling over $30,000 for the purchase of a laser cutter.

  • Assisting the Students in the safe and effective use of the tools.


2009 – 2011 18 Rabbit Gallery


  • Co-curated and managed Ft Lauderdale’s most cutting edge gallery.

  • Exhibited local, national and international artists.


2007 KB Projects, Brooklyn NY

Sculpture Fabricator

  • Built original models and created finished artworks for artists including Paul McCarthy and Richard Prince.

  • Created molds and cast a variety of materials to produce original works of art to be featured in museums and galleries across the world, including the Guggenheim Museum


2007 Pratt Multi-Media Services, Brooklyn NY

Graduate assistant

  • Circulated equipment and assisted students and teachers with 16 mm film, video and digital imaging equipment.

  • Managed student employees, equipment and classrooms.  

2007 Pratt Graduate Fine Arts Department, Brooklyn NY

Open Studio Co-Coordinator

  • Oversaw all aspects of Graduate open studio preparation.

2006-2007 Pratt Sculpture Department, Brooklyn, NY


Graduate Assistant to professor Richard Budelis, Plastics Tech 504-01

  • Helped the professor demonstrate materials.

  • Assisted the students with projects.

2006 Briggs Robinson Gallery, New York, NY


Art handler/ installer

2005 Art Space Charter School, Asheville NC

Summer Art Instructor

  • Taught painting to young students

  • Organized and oversaw a final mural project.

2002-2004 RISD Sculpture Departments, Providence, RI

Woodshop and Foundry Monitor

  • Advised students on process and technique.

  • Ensured a high level of safety while assisting other students in the use of shop machinery.

2002 Jack Mathews Ltd, Kingston, RI


  • Assisted in the production and finishing of plastic prototypes for DC comics.

2002 RISD Ceramics Department, Providence, RI

Technician’s assistant

  • Rebuilt electric and reduction kilns.

  • Renovated and rebuilt a ceramics studio.

2001    College Pro Painters, Lyme, CT

Parent Company First Service Corporation, Ontario Canada


Franchise owner

  • Generated $50,000 in revenue by selling and producing exterior paint jobs.

  • Hired and managed three teams of employees that painted twenty houses in three months.


Permanent Public Artworks and Collections


2018 Tower Lights

City of Fort Lauderdale-Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • Chosen by the city to redesign the Downtown water tower as an interactive public art piece to be completed in winter 2019

2018 Hooper Mural Project

  • Privately commissioned mural in downtown Fort Lauderdale, FL. In collaboration with Leah Brown. 60’ x 70’.

2017 Pixel Twist

  • Pembroke Pines Government Center- Pembroke Pines, FL

2017 Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale 80th Anniversary Sculpture co-creator (with Leah Brown)

  • Commissioned by the JLGFL and owned by the City of Fort Lauderdale, Riverwalk, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2016 Broward Health Foundation Donor walls

  • Four unique artworks Located throughout four Broward Health hospitals: Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs and Broward Health North.

2016 Capture Sky

Young at Art Museum, Davie, FL.

  • Young At Art Museum and Florida Power and Light (FPL) commissioned this permanent interactive artwork that changes lighting conditions based on a live feed camera pointed at the sky

2012 Digital Marquetry (Bee)

  • Girls’ Club Collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz


Solo Exhibitions/Duo Exhibitions

2018 Young At Art Museum – Davie, FL

Color-shift Photographs

2017 The Frank- Pembroke Pines, FL

Perceptual Tracking

2017 Winter-fest – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Downtown River-walk bridge interactive projection

2017 FATVillage Projects – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Art Light Space Experiments

2016 ArtsUp! – Fort Lauderdale, FL

In the Woods

2016 Young At Art Museum – Davie, FL

Capture Sky

2013 Projects South F.A.T. Village- Fort Lauderdale, FL

In the Woods

2012 FAU John D. MacArthur Campus Library Gallery - Jupiter, FL

Solo exhibition

2010 Hub City Art Park - Spartanburg SC

Peaceable Kingdom

  • Working with Leah Brown, we were commissioned to produce a park- wide exhibition.

2010 - 18 Rabbit Gallery

These Woods, This Sky

  • A duo show of work by the creators of 18 Rabbit.

2008 Pratt Institute - Brooklyn, NY







Begin Again

  • Solo Thesis Exhibition

2005 Sky People Gallery - Asheville, NC


  • A two-artist exhibit.


Selected Group Exhibitions


2018 Young At Art Museum – Davie, FL

Super Saturated, curated by Zack Spechler

2018 University of Miami – Miami, FL

Annual Faculty Show

2018 FAR Gallery – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Art Tech Incubator: Culmination Show

2017 Cornell Museum – Delray Beach, FL

Through the Looking Glass, curated by Melanie Johanson

2017 The Frank –Pembroke Pines, FL

What’s Wonderful, curated by Jill Slaughter

2016 BACA – Pompano Beach, FL

Swimming with Narcissus, curated by Lisa Rockford

2016 White Box – West Palm Beach, FL

Outside the Box, curated by Lisa Rockford

2016 BACA – Pompano Beach, FL

Taking Measure of Chance and Outcomes, Curated by Meg Kaplan-Noach

2015 FATVillage Projects – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Second Life of Trees

2015 & Gallery –Miami, FL

A Not So Midsummer Night’s Dream

2015 Palm Beach Cultural Center

Artists of Art Salon – curated by Elle Schorr

2014 FATVIllage Projects- Ft Lauderdale, FL

Beep Bop Boop

2013 The Projects - Ft Lauderdale, FL

The Unmade Room

2013 The Projects - Ft Lauderdale, FL


2012 The Projects - Ft Lauderdale, FL


2011 Hollywood Arts and Culture Center - Hollywood, FL

All Media Juried Biennial

2011 18 Rabbit Gallery - Ft Lauderdale, FL

Sound Art

2011 18 Rabbit Gallery- Ft Lauderdale, FL

Self lit

2010 The Projects - Ft Lauderdale, FL

Day of the Dead Art Exhibition

2010 Girls’ Club Collection - Ft Lauderdale, FL

Art Fallout

2010 Artforms Gallery- Miami, FL

Small Wonders

2010 ArtServe Gallery- Ft Lauderdale, FL

The Red Eye

2010 Showtel 8 - West Palm Beach, FL

  • Curated by Kara Walker Tome

2009 18 Rabbit - Ft Lauderdale, FL


2007 3B - New York, NY

On the Third Day

2006 The Showroom - Spartanburg, SC

2005 Sky People Gallery - Asheville, NC

Four Artists of the Apocalypse

2004 Woods Gerry - Providence, RI

Senior Invitational

  • A juried show of all senior work.

2004 Woods Gerry - Providence, RI

Senior Departmental Show  

2003 Asbestos - Providence, RI

  • Worked in cooperation with other students to renovate and transform a multi-level abandoned store into an art gallery.

2003 Pawtucket Boys and Girls Club - Pawtucket RI

  • Created an installation as part of an art show to celebrate the opening of the Boys and Girls club art center.

  • Worked with children from the club as well as members of the Pawtucket community.

2002 Visions - Newport, RI

Juried Show

2001 Providence Public Arts - Providence, RI

  • Worked with the Rhode Island Public Arts Council to install a temporary sculpture.

  • Received a cover article in the Providence Journal “Rhode Island” section (05/22/02)


Honors, Awards and Grants


2018 City of Fort Lauderdale

Community Appearance Award for the Permanent Public Artwork, “JLGFL 80th Anniversary Sculpture”

2017-2018 Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs

Art + Tech Incubator Lecture and Workshop Series

$25,000 Grant

2016 Broward Palm Beach New Times

Best curator of the year 2016

2014-2016 John and James L Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge

Awarded a two-year, $80,000 matching grant for the FATVillage Projects Art Space

2011 Broward Cultural Council

Allied Artist

  • Chosen to assist the lead artist in the design and construction of a public work in Broward county.

2011 Florida Atlantic University

Tech Fee Proposal

  • Internal FAU Grant system.

  • Awarded $30,330 for the purchase of a Laser Cutter.

2010 Hollywood Arts and Culture Center

Selection Committee for the “Abracadabra” Fund Raiser

  • Selected artists to participate in the Abracadabra Fund Raiser.

2010 Hub-Bub

Visiting Artist

  • One of the first artists chosen for this honor.

2010 ArtServe

Official Juror for the Redeye art exhibition

2007 Pratt Institute


  • One of twelve graduate students chosen to present work to contemporary art critics


2005 Grove Park Inn

National Bird House Design Competition

  • Grand Prize winner


2005 Red Bull

Red Bull Sculpture Contest

  • Second place




FATVillage: Art Tech Incubator

  • 3D Printing Scanning and Design (12/15/17)

  • Laser Cutting (1/12/2018)

  • Augmented and Virtual Reality (2/2/18)

  • Programming for Interactivity (2/23/2018)

  • Projection Mapping (3/9/18)

  • Makerspaces + Electronics using RaspberryPi and Arduino (4/14/18)


Young At Art Museum

  • Through the Artist’s Lens (7/28/2015)


Armory Art Center

  • Making Art, Curating, and the Use of New Technologies


Coral Springs Art Museum (02/08/2014)

  • 2014 Chautauqua Series


Art in the Digital Age; A Digital Art Salon  

  • Broward College (11/14/2013)

  • ​Artists as Curators & Digital Innovators


Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale (10/08/2013)

  • Artist talk


Selected Press


  • Sun Sentinel – “ Artists play with light and dark in Pembroke Pines” by Phillip Valys ( 1/17/ 2018)

  • Sun Sentinel – “Snap selfies galore at 'Looking Glass' at Cornell Museum of Art” by Phillip Valys (12/11/2017)

  • Venice Magazine “The Rainbow Effect” by Vanessa Garcia (10/17/2017)

  • Palm Beach Illustraded “Heart of Glass” by Mary Murray (10/1/2017)

  • Sun Sentinel- “Performance Artist will Dance and 'Fight' at the Nerve Festival in Fort Lauderdale” by Phillip Valys (3/16/2017)

  • Sun Sentinel “Young at Art Museum Cuts Ribbon on SolarNow Canopy”(5/9/2016)

  • Broward Palm Beach New Times “Best of; Best Currator” (06/14/2016)

  • Sun Sentinel “Venting Political Frustrations in FATVillage” by Phillip Valys (5/25/2016)

  • Sun Sentinel “Oh, the Nerve: Performance-art festival debuting in FATVillage” by Phillip Valys (4/ 16/2016)

  • Sun Sentinal “FATVillage goes Beep Bop Boop” by Phillip Valys (03/28/2014)

  • Broward Palm Beach New Times “Art Attack” by Chrissie Fergison (10/26/13)

  • Sun Sentinel “Lighting the Way to the Future” by Phillip Valys  (7/6/12)

  • City Link. Art Murmur by Colleen Dougher “FAT Village Flashback”  (02/03/11)

  • Sun Sentinel “Fourth annual ‘Abracadabra’ Fundraising raffle”  (12/22/10)

  • Spartanburg Herald-Journal “Peaceable Kingdom”  (09/18/10)

  • City Link Art Murmur by Colleen Dougher “Art of the Weekend” (04/08/10)

  • Palm Beach Daily News (04/07/2010)

  • Providence Journal “Rhode Island” section (05/22/02)

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