San Francisco Associate Professor & Artist Peter Simensky passes away

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In a profound loss for the art community, Peter Simensky, a distinguished transdisciplinary artist and Chair of Grad Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, has passed away. Simensky’s impactful career spanned solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Museum 52, Museum 500meter in Sapporo, and Project Row Houses in Houston. His work also graced numerous group exhibitions, leaving an indelible mark on the contemporary art scene.

As an Associate Professor, Simensky’s influence extended beyond the studio, with performances and installations showcased at renowned institutions including the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the Swiss Institute, the Wattis Institute, the ICA San Francisco, Cabinet, the 18th Street Art Center, and the de Young Museum.

Simensky’s artistic contributions were recognized with a multitude of grants, residencies, and awards, including the prestigious NYFA Fellows Grant, the Oregon Arts Commission / Ford Family Opportunity Grant, grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and residencies at MacDowell Colony, La Tallera Proyecto Siqueiros, and Skowhegan, among others.

His work also found a place in selected group shows at prominent venues such as the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the Sculpture Center, the Palais de Tokyo, Mass MoCA, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, and Socrates Sculpture Park.

Simensky’s legacy extends beyond his artistic endeavors; at the California College of the Arts, he served as the chairperson of the Graduate Fine Arts MFA program, leaving an indelible impact on the next generation of artists.

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His passing serves as a poignant reminder of the dual nature of art objects – both as commodities for sale and investment and, more profoundly, as the mysterious embodiment of reflection, imagination, and promise. The art world mourns the loss of a visionary whose contributions transcended the boundaries of creativity and education.

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