DCAF2015 Featured Artist

Benjamin PetersonMeet our “Champion for the Arts”: 2015’s Featured Artist, Benjamin Peterson, Sculptor, Tampa Bay, FL

A word about DCAF 2015’s Featured Artists

“As is our tradition, Best of Show award winning artist at our fall Downtown Clermont Art Festival is invited back to DCAF as the following year’s Featured/Poster Artist for the following year. Benjamin Peterson was named “BEST OF SHOW” at DCAF2014 and has accepted the invitation to be our Featured Artist for the 9th Annual Downtown Clermont Art Festival, November 7th & 8th, 2015. The Clermont Downtown Partnership is very pleased to feature Benjamin and his wonderful work as a fine example of the quality work art patrons will find from DCAF’s “Champions of the Arts.” — Ron Smart, CDP Executive Director

Benjamin Peterson Biography

Benjamin Peterson was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He moved to Florida in 2001. Benjamin works predominantly in the medium of metal, but includes stone and a variety of river rocks in many of his pieces. His artistic process began with years of hands-on work with marble, slate, and granite. He used remaining pieces for a variety of beautiful mosaics and décor for home and garden. In addition he studied under other artists who taught him to weld. Benjamin enjoys the hunt of finding various industrial metal remnants and repurposing them. He believes their aged life is complimentary in color to Florida’s lush landscapes. He has had many shows throughout the state of Florida and also travels throughout the Midwest in the summer months, with the goal to travel nationwide.
He is a new and upcoming artist having started the art festival show circuit in 2012. He lives and works from his home studio in Tampa Bay, with his wife Sarah and their two rescued springer spaniels, Buddy and Happy. He enjoys fishing and being in nature, which gives him time to gather inspiration.

Benjamin Peterson Artist awards:

2014 Mount Dora Award Of Excellence in 3D
2014 Tarpon Springs Fine Art Festival Award of Merit
2014 30th Annual Melbourne Art Festival Award of Merit 3D
2014 Uptown Art Expo 2014 Award of Distinction
2014 Downtown Clermont Art Fest Best of Show
2015 53rd Annual New Smyrna Beach Art Fiesta Best of Show
2015 Estero Fine Art Show 2015 First Place
2015 Venice Nokomis Rotary Art Festival 2015 First Place
2015 Art in the Park Brooksville First Place
2015 Blueberry Festival Second Place