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Episode 4

Join Dr. Fadia Nordtveit's conversation with Pops Peterson about Arts and DEIB

Pops Peterson

Pops Peterson is an artist and public speaker from the Berkshires, best known for his award-winning series, REINVENTING ROCKWELL, permanently featured on the Norman Rockwell Museum website.  For more in this series click here.

Pops Peterson's Rockwell Revisited (2020-2021) was extended to be the longest-running solo exhibition in the history of the Norman Rockwell Museum. The permanent virtual version of the exhibition can be seen on the museum's website,


As a public speaker on arts and civil rights, Pops was recently featured in the New Pathways Social Justice Conference: Scholarship & Arts in Action, with Angela Davis, as well as a webinar for The New School and an SRO live appearance at The Monterey Public Library. 

Pops is looking forward to presenting his multimedia lecture, PORTRAITS of FREEDOM in the public schools of Pittsfield, MA, beginning in March 2022.

Pops' Exhibitions


Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA) October 2020 to January 2021 - "Reimagining Rockwell," solo feature in the final leg of the Norman Rockwell Museums Four Freedoms Tour.


Sohn Fine Art, Lenox, MA - October 2020 to January 2021 - One of four artists featured in the "Solidarity" show. Cassandra Sohn, curator.

Norman Rockwell Museum Gala Webinar - October 17, 2020 - Featured artist


Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference, Springfield, MA - October 1, 2020 Webinar presentation of "The Making of a Protest Artist" presentation


"A Conversation with Timothy Standring, Stephanie Plunkett and Pops Peterson". A live virtual presentation for the members of the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO - July 20, 2020.

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO - "Freedom from What" featured as lead photo in the "Reimagining Freedom Tour." Timothy Standring and Stephanie Plunkett, curators.


"The Making of a Protest Artist". Multimedia Lecture at The Foundry, West Stockbridge, MA - January 24, 2020. Amy Brentano founder.


"From Pop Art to Protest Art - The Works of Pops Peterson". Colonial Theater, Pittsfield, MA - May to May 29, 2020 - Retrospective exhibition sponsored by Power of Art and The Berkshire Theatre Group, Stephanie Cohen, curator - Cancelled due to COVID.


"Reinventing Rockwell - An Evening with Pops Peterson" at the Spencertown Academy. February 3, 2019. Multimedia Presentation. 

"Reinventing Rockwell". Multimedia Lecture with pop-up exhibition at the New Haven High School of the Arts - May 16, 2019, Tony Nelson, producer.

"Arts and Civil Rights". Multimedia Lecture with pop-up exhibition at the 12th Annual Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference - May 6, 2019.

"Saying Grace at the Main Street Cafe" shown at The Main Street Cafe, Stockbridge MA, May 2019 to September 2020. Joseph and Theresa Sonsini, owners.


"Reinventing Rockwell". Multimedia presentation and pop up exhibition at The Hartford School of the Arts, May 22, 2019.


“Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms,” Georgetown University - February to April 2019. Painting included in this international tour of The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stephanie Plunkett, curator.


Dorothy G. Turkel House: "Freedom from What?" Poster acquired for permanent collection in this historic Frank Lloyd Wright home - December 2018.


"Rockwell Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms" - Featured artist at the Henry Ford Museum, October 13, 2018 - January 13, 2019, Speaker and featured artist in this stop on the touring exhibition.


"Arts and Civil Rights - Van Der Zee to Rockwell and Beyond" Multimedia lecture at The Norman Rockwell Museum - August 6, 2016, Stephanie Plunkett curator.


"Press for Progress".  "I'm With Her" featured in this juried exhibition at the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA Sponsored by Power of Art, Stephanie Cohen curator- March 8 - April 29, 2018.


"Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms". Juror and featured artist in this international tour presented at The Roosevelt House, May 25, 2018 and touring until January 20 2021. Presented by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Laurie Norton Moffat, director.


"Reinventing Rockwell" Multimedia presentation and pop up exhibition at The Lenox Club - March 13, 2018, Cris Raymond, host.


"Rereading America". "Freedom from What" published in this text book by Simon and Schuster, 2017.


“Breaking Barriers". Art Exhibition presented in the Massachusetts State House by the Massachusetts Office on Disability - Speaker, juror and featured artist in this exhibition presented at the Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA - November 14 – 24, 2017.


"Four Freedoms March". Featured artist in this protest demonstration, Pittsfield, MA. January 7, 2017.


"Arts and Civil Rights," Pop up exhibition and Multimedia presentation presented at The Norman Rockwell Museum - August 6, 2016, Stephanie Plunkett, curator.


"Reinventing Rockwell". Multimedia Speech and Multimedia presentation presented at The Norman Rockwell Museum - July 30, 2015 Stephanie Plunkett, curator.

"Slide Luck" - Featured artist at this outdoor exhibition, part of the international Slide Luck community at Stonover Farm. July 19, 2015. Suky Werman, curator.

"Mythological Pittsfield," 2015 to present. Permanent installation of four paintings in the Hotel on North, Pittsfield, MA.

Civil Rights Award presented by the 9th Annual Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference, May 30 2015. Jamie Williamson, chairwoman.

"Reinventing Rockwell" solo exhibition at Sohn Fine Arts, Lenox MA - February - March 2015. Cassandra Sohn, curator.


"New Frontiers in Pop Art". Solo exhibition at Sohn Fine Art, Great Barrington, MA - July 12 - August 31, 2014, Lauren Clarke, curator.


"Come to Papa," advice blog, 2013-2014, author and illustrator.


"Artists United". Featured artist in this exhibition of graduates from the High School of Music and Art. August 2014, NYC.

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