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Sculptor-printmaker Peter Gourfain was born in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at the Chicago Art Institute graduating with a BFA in 1956. He currently teaches ceramic sculpture at Greenwich House Pottery and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, University of Southern Maine, Skowhegan School in Maine, the Massachusetts College of Art, Louisiana State University, Cranbrook Academy, Kent State University, and School of Visual Arts.
Gourfain is a member of the Artists Equity. He has received commissions from the Greenwich House Pottery for bronze medallions; the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, twenty-four bronze reliefs; for National Park Service in Lowell, MA, a bronze stele; and ten ceramic urns at Ohio State University.
Selected and one-person exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum, NY; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, MO; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; University of Pennsylvania, PA; Jewish Museum, NY; Storm King Art Center, NY; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY.
Peter Gourfain’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Nueberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; American Craft Museum, New York, NY, among others.
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