Shani Peters

New York, New York

About Shani Peters

Shani Peters (b. 1981 Lansing, MI) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City. Peters holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MFA from the City College of New York. She has presented work in the US and abroad at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City; Seoul Art Space Geumcheon in South Korea; and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare. Selected residencies include those hosted by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The Laundromat Project, and Project Row Houses. Her work has been supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Rauschenberg Foundation, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Peters is a university and museum educator, focusing her teaching at the intersection of art and social change.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2019

Emerging Artist Grant, 2015

Website / Social Links

My art practice encompasses community building, activism histories, the subversion of popular media, and the creation of accessible imaginative experiences. Most recently, I have been considering overlaps between cycles of activism and nature, the relationship between destruction and beauty, and the needs for both protest and space to rest. These explorations are a study in self determination, balance, and tension.”