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Peter J. Buotte is a contemporary artist from Augusta, Maine, who works in the realm of relational aesthetics. He has exhibited throughout Europe, New England and New York. He holds a MFA from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and a BFA in Arts and Education from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Buotte also spent a year as a Rotary International Scholar studying at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris. His work is in private collections throughout the Unites States as well as in France and Holland. Buotte has been a visiting artist at the University of Maine and has done presentations in New York, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Buotte is Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves as a Civil Affairs officer with 20 years of military experience. He has twice served in Iraq, in 2003 and 2008. There Buotte coordinated projects including the hiring of linguists, repairing 1,500 schools, and mentoring Iraqi governance leaders. He has participated in several panels and lectures about the conflict including Voices of War at the School of Visual Arts and most recently It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq at the New Museum in New York. Buotte's next project is to update the notion of classic Greek sculptures with the assistance of wounded Veterans.

My art is human-based, community-oriented, and situation-dependent. I work in the mode of relational aesthetics. People, places, and activities are the subjects. Traveling, communicating, and doing are integral parts of the process.

EDUCATION

2009 Attending Graduate program in Art Therapy, School of Visual Arts, NYC

2005 MFA, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2001 Rotary Scholar, Ecole de Beaux Arts, Paris, France

1999 BFA, School of Visual Arts, NYC

SOLO PROJECTS

2008 Merhaba Baghdad, curator, Hewar Gallery, Baghdad, Iraq

2007
Century of Life Project 2, Fort Western, Augusta, ME
Drawing Blood, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Drawing Blood, University of Maine, Augusta, ME

2006
Don't Amend the 1st Amendment, ACLU National Headquarters, Washington, DC
Iraqi Film Festival, Cambridge, England, UK
Century of Life Project, Public Boat Access, Hallowell, ME
Silent Discos, Gardiner Arts Festival and Old Hallowell Day parade, ME

2005
To Baghdad and Back, Blink Gallery, Newport, RI
To Baghdad and Back, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, ME
Drawing Blood, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Drawing Blood, University of Maine, Augusta, ME

2004
Fishbowl Grant, European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) conference, Luzerne, Switzerland
Childhood Memory Pavilion, Festival for Cultural Exchange, Portland, ME

GROUP PROJECTS

2009 It Is What It Is: Conversation about Iraq, Amy Mackie curator, New Museum, NYC

2008 Testimony to War, Francis DiTommaso curator, School of Visual Arts Gallery, NYC

2007
Up Close, Britta Konau curator, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
Metamorphosis, Julie Kuceris curator, Four Walls Gallery, Portland, ME
Not Your Usual Whitebread, Deb Vendetti curator, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME
freedom preserved patagogue, Alex Rheault curator, drawing room, Portland, ME
Book in Hand, Arts + Literature Laboratory, New Haven, CT
Mobile Magnetic Text, MENSK collective, Portland, ME

2006
Letters to Baghdad, Winter Harbor Theatre, Portland, ME
Annual Juried Show, Carl Little curator, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, ME

2005
artWORK, Amy Ingrid Schleigel curator, Tufts University Aidekman Gallery, Cambridge, MA
MFA Thesis Exhibit: Fishbowl 1000, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2004 Fishbowl 500 Lottery Grant, In My Backyard 4, Falmouth, ME

2002 Open Space Inaugural, SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME

PRESENTATIONS/PANELS

2008 "Testimony to War," School of Visual Arts, NYC

2007
"Please Tell Me Where To Go," Visual Sociology Symposium, Brighton, UK
"The Surrogate Traveler: Please Tell Me Where To Go," Gazing, Glancing Glimpsing: Tourists and Tourism in a Visual World, Centre for Tourism Policy Studies, University of Brighton, UK
"Bodies of Work," Union of Maine Visual Artists, Camden, ME
"To Preserve a Sardine Cannery," Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, ME

2006
"Voices of War," keynote speaker, School of Visual Arts, NYC; www.svaphilosopher.com; SVA article, December
"World as Studio," invited lecturer, Lewiston Community College, ME
"Art and the First Amendment," panelist, Maine College of Art, ME; Letter to the Senate not to amend the First Amendment, May
"To Baghdad and Back," invited lecturer, University of Maine, Farmington, ME

2005
"To Create a Collective Sculpture," visiting artist, University of Maine, Augusta, ME
"To Baghdad and Back," invited lecturer, Salve University, Newport, RI

2004 "Challenging the Frame," panel presentation, European League of Institutes of Art, Luzerne, Switzerland

GRANTS/AWARDS

2009 Rhodes Family Full Scholarship, Art Therapy, School of Visual Arts, NYC

2005
Finalist, U.S. Fulbright Scholarship Program, France
Albert J. Murray Fine Arts Educational Merit Grant
Boulos Family Merit Scholarship

2004 Albert J. Murray Fine Arts Educational Merit Grant

2002 National Winner, Canson Arches International Watercolor Competition

2000 Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, 12 months, Paris

1999 Visual Arts Foundation Scholarship

1997-1999 Silas B. Rhodes Merit Scholarship, School of Visual Arts, NYC

MEDIA

2009
Walter Robinson, It Is What It Is article and photos on www.artnet.com, March
It Is What It Is micro-review, March

2008
Testimony to War,
www.schoolofvisualarts.edu, February

2007
Elizabeth Goad, "Freedom: In their own words," Portland Press Herald, July 4
"In the can at the Stinson Sardine Cannery," Kennebec Journal, January 15

2006
2006 Voices of War, presentation at the School of Visual Arts, www.svaphilosopher.com, November
Andrew Thornton, micro-review of Voices of War, November
Mechele Cooper, "A Century's worth of friends come together in Hallowell," Kennebec Journal, July 15, p. 1
Mechele Cooper, "Are You 0 to 100 years old?," Kennebec Journal, June 24

2005
"War and Emotions," Capital Weekly, June 9
Bob Keyes, "Thinking Big: Essential summer shows in Maine," Portland Sunday Telegram, June 5
Dan Powell, "To Baghdad and Back," critical review, Newport This Week, April 27
Keith Edwards, "Drawing Blood--and Donors," Kennebec Journal, April 13
To Baghdad and Back, Blink Gallery, Newport, RI, www.blinkgalleryusa.com, April
"UMA Display Takes Shape," Kennebec Journal, photo by Andy Malloy, March 11, p. 1

2004
Katy Perry, "Traveling Art," Our Towns interview, Channel 9, Augusta, ME, November 21
Avery Y. Kamila, "Backyard Art Explosion," The Coastal Journal, August 19
Katy Perry, "Current Projects," Our Towns interview, Channel 9, Augusta, ME, July 15
Dan McGillvary, "Desert Cartoons," Kennebec Journal, July 4

2003 Bob Keyes, "Mainer's new mission in Baghdad: Turn symbol of Saddam into art," Portland Press Herald, December 17