Peggy Rivers was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and lived as a child in Iceland and India before her family moved to Southern California when she was six. A professional artist and art teacher, her career spans more than 25 years since her first show as a student at California’s Humboldt State University where she received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in studio art.
In 1989 she moved to New York where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Columbia University. She previously taught at Humboldt State University, College of the Redwoods, Columbia University, and State University of New York at Stony Brook and since moving to Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1997 she has taught painting, drawing, design, and art history at Winthrop University in Rock Hill and Gaston College in Dallas, North Carolina where she also managed the college’s art galleries. She currently teaches studio art and design at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina.
She was a McColl Center affiliate artist in residence in 2002-2003 and has also been an artist in residence at the California Summer School for the Arts. Among numerous awards and honors for her work, she was selected by Creative Loafing magazine as Charlotte’s “Artist of the Year” in 2003.
Her work is included in private and corporate collections and has been exhibited by The Mint Museum, the McColl Center for Visual Art and Spirit Square in Charlotte as well as in several galleries in California, New York and the Carolinas. She is currently represented by Gallery 5 in Rock Hill.
A committed painter since her late teens, she is a prolific artist and she often works on several bodies of work containing dozens of paintings with themes she has explored throughout her career. Each series evolves from its predecessor and, thereby, a consistent thread is created that records her existence as an artist. For the past few years her work has focused on her exploration of color, space, and form in an attempt to create a universe within each of her works.