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Harold Petersen

(1930 - )

Harold Dean Petersen of Hyrum and Salt Lake City, Utah, has been a brilliant painter and an art teacher almost without local peer. His successful well-trained students are legion, and many were involved in KSL's statewide Sterling Scholar Awards competitions year after year through decades of judging during the mid-to-late part of this century. In the present period, many University of Utah-trained painters continue to pursue essentially more realistic styles or tend more toward a semiabstract statement, due to the work of Petersen, a fine watercolorist and oil painter. He received degrees from Utah State University (B.S., 1954) and the U of U (M.F.A., 1966), taught at Highland High School beginning in 1957, and joined the U of U faculty as a part-time art educator (1966-73). By mid-career, Petersen was dividing his energies in painting between equally rich realistic landscape work and fluid semi abstraction. He is also the founder of the Petersen Art Center in the Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake City and is the father of artist Mark Dale Petersen.

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