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Stephen Petegorsky

Florence, MA

About Stephen Petegorsky

Florence, MA

Stephen Petegorsky is an artist and freelance photographer based in Florence, Massachusetts. Born in New York City, he graduated from Amherst College and later received his M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Connecticut.

His work has been exhibited internationally, and is in collections throughout this country as well as in Europe. Since 1998 he has volunteered with the Polus Center for Social and Economic Development, a human services agency that works internationally to improve the lives of victims of conflict and people with disabilities.

Most known for his black and white landscapes, he has for many years made images based on photographs of cleared and stained animal specimens typically found in natural history museums and university Biology departments.

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Other works by Stephen Petegorsky

Selected Exhibitions

  • "Landmarks," Williams College Museum of Art
    Williamstown, MA, 2020
  • “Dark to Light: A Syrian Child’s Journey,”, Mystic Museum of Art
    Mystic, CT, 2019
  • “Expanded Field: Photography from the Collection,”
    New Britain, CT, 2019
  • “More Eyes on Western Massachusetts,” Hampshire College
    Amherst, MA, 2018
  • “Looking For America,” New Britain Museum of American Art
    New Britain, CT, 2018
  • “Found In Collection I: Contemporary Photography from the Danforth Art Museum,”
    Winchester, MA, 2017
  • “The Fence 2017 – New England Regional
    Boston, MA, 2017
  • “Touchstones, Totems, Talismans: Animals in Contemporary Art,” Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
    Brattleboro, VT, 2017
  • “Photography+Science,” Yixian International Photography Festival
    China, 2017
  • “Take A Seat,” University Museum of Contemporary Art
    Amherst, MA, 2016
  • “The Lay of the Land: Contemporary American Landscapes from the Collection,” Smith College Museum of Art
    Northampton, MA, 2016
  • “River Crossings,” Thomas Cole National Historic Site
    Catskill, NY, 2015
  • “From Seed To Supper,” Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
    South Hadley, MA, 2010
  • “A Tribute to Polaroid,” Soho Photo Gallery
    New York, NY, 2008

Press and Accolades

  • “Black, White and Gray: A Lens On Nature,” Daily Hampshire Gazette
    March 9, 2016
  • “Infusing Life,” Daily Hampshire Gazette
    September 3, 2015
  • “New Work by Stephen Petegorsky,” Montague Reporter
    December 4, 2014
  • “Lives and Limbs,” Daily Hampshire Gazette
    January 30, 2014


  • Rhode Island School of Design, M.F.A.
    Providence, RI,1980 
  • Amherst College, B.A.
    Amherst, MA,1975 

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