Peter McLean is an artist and Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the Hartford Art School/University of Hartford, in West Hartford, Connecticut.
He works in a diverse range of media including watercolor, oil paints, etching, sculptural materials, and lithography, but he has received the most critical attention for his striking large-format charcoal drawings.
During his twenty-seven year tenure at the Hartford Art School, McLean co-founded the Experimental Studio Program where he taught courses in Structures and Materials, Systems, Art/Environment and Objective Drawing among many others. He also taught within the Foundations, Experimental Drawing and Painting Programs. In addition he directed the Graduate Seminar, served as the MFA Graduate Program Coordinator and taught Native American Studies within the All University Curriculum.
Peter McLean’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. In the course of his more than forty-five year artistic career, he has participated close to one hundred group and solo exhibitions at galleries and institutions including Trinity College, Hartford, CT, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, Loughbrough University College of Art, Loughbrough, England, Mystic Art Association, Mystic, CT, and Sculpture House, London, England among others.
He has been the recipient of many awards for his work shown in group exhibitions including: American Talent: The 10th Exhibition, LaGuna Museum, Austin, TX, Rutgers National, Camden, NJ, Bradley National Drawing and Printmaking, Peoria, IL, The 8th International Drawing Exhibition, Cleveland County Museum, Middlesbrough, England.
His work is included in numerous private and institutional collections including the Institute of Native American Art, Washington Post, CT, the Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Syracuse University, NY, and the Museum of Modern Art, Middlesborough, England.
He lives and works in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts.