Elena Peteva

Assistant Professor

Art & Design



College of Visual & Performing Arts 204E


2007Syracuse UniversityMFA in Painting
2004Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsCFA in Painting


  • Drawing
  • Painting


Assistant Professor of Fine Arts (2012), 4-year Certificate in Fine Arts 2004 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; MFA 2007 Syracuse University. Specializations: painting and drawing.

Professor Peteva’s paintings and drawings explore the contemporary individual and social states through allegorical representation. You can learn more about her work on her website: www.elenapeteva.com.

Peteva exhibits throughout the United States. 2013 exhibitions include: 77thNational Midyear Exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; The Figure Now atFontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery, St. Louis, MO; Grace - 2013 Kreft Juried National Exhibition at Concordia University Kreft Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI; Year of the Woman Invitational Exhibition at Artists’ House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; and others. She has exhibited her work in: the Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Fort Wayne Museum of Art; Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center; Arnot Art Museum; Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts; and numerous commercial and non-profit art galleries. 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 as well as art publications such as International Drawing Annual 5 and 7International Painting Annual 1 by Manifest Press, 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.Prior to joining UMass Dartmouth’s Fine Arts faculty, Professor Peteva was tenure-track Assistant Professor at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.

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