Peter James Geisser

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Title: Artist, Educator
Company: University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Location: Cranston, Rhode Island, United States

Peter J. Geisser, Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art education.

Inspired by an elementary school teacher, Mr. Geisser decided to attend art school upon graduating high school. In 1969, he earned a Bachelor of Science in education from Tufts University, further securing a diploma from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in 1970. Consequently, he received both a Master of Fine Arts from Tufts University and a graduate certificate from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in 1971. Mr. Geisser was later honored with a Doctor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997.

A certified teacher, Mr. Geisser has excelled as an art and special education lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, since 2011. Prior to this appointment, he worked at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf where he served as the art director from 1973 to 2003, having previously contributed as an art coordinator for the Boston School for the Deaf for three years. Earlier in his career, Mr. Geisser was an art instructor for the Museum of Fine Arts and the Belvoir Terrace Fine Arts Camp, between 1967 and 1973.

As an artist, Mr. Geisser has been commissioned to complete a number of stained glass, ceramic, and mosaic works. The highlight of his career was being selected to complete a stained glass piece for the Hasbro Children’s Hospital. An active member of his community, Mr. Geisser has sat on the board of several local organizations. A past board member of the Perishable Theatre, he has also been involved with the Access Board of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Rhode Island of Design, the Rhode Island Committee on Humanities, and the National Gallery of Art.

For his many achievements in the field, Mr. Geisser has been the recipient of several honors and accolades. Named the 50th Anniversary Scholar by National Gallery of Art, he also received the Rhode Island Start of Arts Award from the Rhode Island Council on Arts. Likewise, he was featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the World.

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