Elena Peteva Biography
ELENA PETEVA: Biography
Elena Peteva, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, received her MFA in Painting from Syracuse University in 2007 and her undergraduate degree in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2004. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, she came to the United States to study painting, drawing and printmaking at the Interlochen Arts Academy in 1995. Prior to joining the Fine Arts faculty at UMass Dartmouth she taught painting, drawing and printmaking as an Assistant Professor at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.
Peteva’s paintings and drawings explore our contemporary individual and social states in allegorical representations. Her work is exhibited nationally. Some of her recent exhibitions include Elena Peteva and Brett Eberhardt: Recent Work two-person exhibition at Artists’ House Gallery, which represents her work, in Philadelphia, PA, Axis Gallery 6th National Juried Exhibition in Sacramento, CA, Tapped and Head First. Exploring the Human Head at Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, OH, Contemporary Realism Biennial at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN, and Legacies at the Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been included in a number of public and private collections, including the Graphic Arts Collection at Princeton University and the Permanent Collection of the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Museum and School as well as art publications such as International Drawing Annual 5 and International Painting Annual 1 by Manifest, and The Artist’s Mother book by Thomas Blisniewski. She is a recipient of three Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grants for representational art, a Leslie and Frances Posey Foundation grant, a fellowship at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts’ arts colony and a Shaffer Fellowship in Fine Arts.