Laurie Peek is an award-winning artist and photographer whose work straddles the line between documentary and fine art. With a knack for elevating the everyday, her career has included stints as a photography educator, archivist, journalist, arts promoter and activist.
Peek's photographs have been showcased in recent solo exhibits of her water reflections: Rockland Reverso at Rockland Center for the Arts in West Nyack, NY and her car reflections: Laurie Peek: CAR PARTS at Union Arts Center in Sparkill, NY.
Peek is a winner of the 2017 Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Cell Phone Photography, and she was awarded "Best in Show" by juror Rebecca Robertson, Photo Editor of Photo District News, at Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ Camera Works 2017. She has been recognized for her artistic achievement with a Martha Rivers Ingram Excellence in the Arts Award 2017.
Recent juried shows include: Silvermine New Members Exhibit 2018; Photography Now 2017 (juror William Ewing) at Center for Photography in Woodstock; All Art+ at Van Der Plas Gallery, NYC; Aesthetic - Sensory at the Pomona Arts Center; The Documentary Continues: Women in Social Issue Photography at the Edward Hopper House Museum, and PHOTOCentric at the Garrison Art Center.
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 is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists in New Canaan, CT. She exhibits widely in the Hudson Valley and NYC metro area, including the Blue Door Arts Center, Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center, Carriage Barn Arts Center, Edward Hopper House Museum, 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, Union Art Center, Upstream Gallery, Van Der Plas Gallery, Volition Gallery and the Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery at Vytlacil (Art Students League).
One of Peek's ongoing projects is CAR PARTS: Metallic Transports
"I am a wanderer and collector, always looking at the potential in the overlooked and reacting to the light, the lines, the mood, the message in my surroundings. 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. Finding them along the street, in ugly parking lots, shopping centers and strip malls is a redemptive act that reveals beauty in the banal and re-examines our relationship to the automobile and its environs."
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 1980s Peek became a journalist, photojournalist and PR photographer, covering national politics, the women's and anti-nuclear movements, toxic dumps, negligent landlords, crime, 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 and staff 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 what you find "out back." She lives with her husband in Tappan, NY where she is active in civic and environmental causes.
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