Laurie Peek is an artist and photographer whose work straddles the line between documentary and fine art. Her career has included stints as a photography educator, archivist, journalist, arts promoter and activist.
Peek's notable recent achievements include a solo show of her water reflections, "Rockland Reverso," at Rockland Center for the Arts in West Nyack, NY in September 2017. Recent and upcoming juried shows include: "Photography Now 2017 " (juror William Ewing) at Center for Photography in Woodstock (Nov. 4 - Jan. 7, 2018); "All Art+" at Van Der Plas Gallery, NYC; "Camera Works 2017" at Ridgefield Guild of Artists where she was awarded "Best in Show" by juror Rebecca Robertson, Photo Editor of Photo District News; "Aesthetic - Sensory" at the Pomona Arts Center; "The Documentary Continues: Women in Social Issue Photography" at the Edward Hopper House and "PHOTOCentric" at the Garrison Art Center. Peek is a winner of the 2017 Julia Margaret Cameron Award for cell phone photography and has been recognized for her artistic achievement with a Martha Rivers Ingram "Excellence in the Arts Award 2017."
Her photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Brooklyn Paper, City Limits, The Progressive, Soho News, and Village Voice, as well as film documentaries, including the 2003 Oscar-nominated Tupac-Resurrection and the 2012 documentary Koch.
Peek exhibits widely in the Hudson Valley and NYC metro area, including the Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center, Carriage Barn Arts Center, Edward Hopper House Art Center, Gallery 66, Garner Arts Center, Garrison Arts Center, Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Pomona Cultural Center, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Rockland Center for the Arts, Rockefeller State Park Preserve Art Gallery, Upstream Gallery, Van Der Plas Gallery, Volition Gallery and the Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery at Vytlacil (Art Students League).
One of Peek's current projects is “CAR PARTS: Metallic Explorations"
"Cars offer their brilliant or flat colors, reflective metal surfaces and a myriad of shapes and textures for our contemplation – dusty, dirty, dented, gleaming, elegant, embellished with whimsical personal items – their ubiquity can cause us to take them for granted. Observing them closely, we discover alternative realities and magical micro-universes on their metallic canvases."
Peek grew up in Sarasota, Florida, attended high school in Charleston, SC, and moved to the Northeast in the 1970s. After a photography residency at Apeiron Workshop, she moved to Rochester NY where she obtained her Masters of Fine Arts in Photography in 1978 at the Visual Studies Workshop / SUNY Buffalo while working part-time at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. She then taught photography in Washington DC for two years, before moving to New York City where she was photo librarian for The Bettmann Archive and Sygma Photo News.
Inspired by the burning issues of the day, in the 1980's Peek became a journalist, photojournalist and PR photographer, covering national politics, the women's and anti-nuclear movements, toxic dumps, negligent landlords, and more. As staff photographer for NYC’s Dept. of General Services, she documented the city’s community gardens, housing, and Mayor Ed Koch. As a freelance photographer she worked for numerous publications including The Village Voice, City Limits, The Progressive and The Brooklyn Paper, as well as documenting national political campaigns for senatorial and congressional candidates.
After raising a family in Rockland County, NY and a second career selling creative services to corporations, she became Dir. of Administration and Gallery Manager for The Art Students League Vytlacil campus in Sparkill, NY. In recent years Peek has returned to her fine art photography, bringing her journalist's eye to everyday phenomena such as car and water reflections and street debris. She lives with her husband in Tappan, NY where she is active in local civic and environmental causes.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
"Rockland Reverso" Rockland Center for the Arts, W. Nyack, NY September 2017
“Art in the Park” Piermont, NY - September, 2014
“Artist of the Month” Edward Hopper House - August 2014
“Art Walk” Nyack, NY - June 2014
“Laurie Peek Photographs" ML Gifts, Nyack, NY 2013
“Piermont Art Walk” Piermont, NY 2013
“Laurie Peek Photographs” Stream Studio, Nyack, NY 2013
"Environs" Piermont Library, NY 2013
"Wet II" Grape D'vine, Tappan, NY 2012
"Wet" Tappan NY Library, NY 2012
"In Plain Sight" ML Gifts, Nyack, NY 2012
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
"All Art+" Van Der Plas Gallery, NYC, NY June-July 2017
"Local Love" Volition Gallery, Orangeburg, NY Spring 2017
"Camera Works 2017" Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT, Feb. - March 2017 ("Best in Show" Juror: Rebecca Robertson)
"Photography Takes Over 2017" Upstream Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY - February 2017
"Eye of the Beholder: Art Through the Lens" My Own Little Gallery, Nyack, NY - Feb. - March 2017
"2016 Summer Exhibition" Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery, Vytlacil / Art Students League, Sparkill, NY
"Aesthetic Sensory" Pomona Cultural Center, Pomona, NY Summer 2016
"Ode To Earth" Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center, Pearl River NY Dec. 2015-March, 2016
"Juried Rockland County Pride Benefit" Rockland County Center for the Arts, W. Nyack, NY 2015
"2015 Summer Exhibition" Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery, Vytlacil / Art Students League, Sparkill, NY
“Artoberfest” Garner Arts Center, Garnerville, NY - October 2014
“PHOTOCentric” Garrison Art Center, NY - October 2014
“Carriage Barn Members’ Show,” New Canaan, CT - October 2014
“Art Walk” Nyack, NY - June 2014
“Homage to Hopper” Nyack Art Collective, Nyack NY - July 2014
“Celebrating Life & Death” Nyack Art Walk, Nyack NY - June 2014
“VCS Gay Pride Rockland” Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY - June 2014
“Fashion As Art” Gallery 66, Cold Spring, NY - June 2014
“Photography Takes Over” Upstream Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 2014
“Edward Hopper House Member’s Exhibition” Nyack, NY 2014
"Postcards from Piermont" Piermont Library, Piermont, NY 2013
"Change / Transformation," Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center, Pearl River, NY 2013
"Local Arts Index" ML Gifts, Nyack, NY 2013
“Story of the Creative” See.Me - New York City, NY 2013
VCS "Gay Pride" Exhibit, Rockland Center for the Arts, W. Nyack, NY ("Best in Show") 2013
Nyack Art Collective Exhibit, Nyack Library, NY 2013
"The Documentary Continues: Women in Social Commentary Photography” Dorothea Lange
Sidebar, Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY 2013
"Riverside Silent Auction," Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY 2013
"SNAP: Love that Park" Rockefeller State Park Preserve Gallery, Sleepy Hollow, NY 2013
"Photography Takes Over" Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY 2013
“Rockland Center for the Arts Members' Exhibit, West Nyack, NY 2013
“Edward Hopper House Members' Exhibit, Nyack, NY 2013
"Gift of Art" Piermont Library, Piermont, NY 2013
"Resurrection" Garner Arts Center - Garnerville, NY 2013
“Artists on Location," Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY 2013
"The Piermont Marsh as Muse," Piermont Library, NY 2013
"Attitude" Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY 2012
"Animal Life" Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center, Pearl River, NY 2012
PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA:
The New York Times, Boston Globe, Brooklyn Paper, City Limits, The Progressive, Soho News, PHOTOCentric 2014 Catalog
Films: 2003 Oscar-nominated Tupac: Resurrection and 2012 Koch.
Nyack News & Views Local Arts Index Profile: http://www.nyacknewsandviews.com/2013/03/40101/
“Movement: Selections from the First Decade of the Visual Studies Workshop: http://vsw-movement.org/intro.php
Visual Studies Workshop
Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2017 - “Cell Phone Photography, Single Image”
"Martha Rivers Ingram Excellence in the Arts Award" 2017
"Best in Show" - 2017 Camera Works, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, CT. Juror Rebecca Robertson, Photo Editor, Photo District News
"Best in Show" - 2013 VCS Rockland Pride Exhibit, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY