and raised in Greenwich Village, Peter Madden is a recent transplant to
Portland, ME. Prior to that, Peter lived in Boston for more than 20
years and continues to teach book arts and alternative photography at
the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Massachusetts College of Art.
He leads workshops throughout the United States and around Europe,
including The Guild of Bookworkers, Massachusetts College of Art,
Bennington College, The Center for Book Arts in New York City, the San
Francisco Center for the Book, the Greek Island of Skopelos, and The
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. In addition, he hosted a
television series on book arts, which was distributed extensively.
Peter studied at Pratt Institute, Parson's School of Design, and
Massachusetts College of Art.
His work is exhibited at and collected by the country’s leading
museums and educational institutions, including Boston's Institute of
Contemporary Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Harvard's Houghton
Library, and the Center for Book Arts in New York City. In addition, he
shows at galleries throughout the United States. Peter is the recipient
of an Artists' Foundation Fellowship, a Saint Botolph Foundation Grant,
and most recently, a Massachusetts Cultural Council award.
about Madden’s first solo retrospective (2004), Boston Globe writer
Cate McQuaid said “His objects—books, prints, boxes—are unfailingly
beautiful, crafted with love. Madden has the stuff to make exquisite
her essay "The Body of the Book in 21st Century Art," Los Angeles
author and artist Susan King wrote of his work, "An alchemist of the
street, Madden has turned lead into gold...."