Peter Calvert '79
Grinnell Major: English
Election and Membership Committee - Chair, Executive Committee
Peter is a native New Yorker and fiercely loyal to the Big Apple. He also relishes his times lived in the bountiful Midwest and in La Charmante, Quebec, La Belle province. He is a narrative printmaker who has made intaglio and woodcut prints for many solo and collaborative exhibitions, and he has been an educator in many settings. He is also curator and publisher of The Levee, a print portfolio of 40 copies featuring 28 artworks that link the creation of blues music to the construction of the Mississippi' levee system The featured 28 artists worked in six countries spanning four continents, with each artist receiving the boxed set. A set of The Levee prints is in the Grinnell College Permanent Collection.
Education: BA, Grinnell College, English, 1979, BFA, Kansas City Art Institute, MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art.
More recently, ContEd studies: Arts Admin at NYU & Development at the Institute of Philanthropy at the University of Richmond.
Peter has worked primarily in either nonprofit arts administration and/or fund development since moving his family to Virginia in 2000 to direct the 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA, a nonprofit artist-centered venue. He is Executive Director with the international group EthicalMetalsmiths.org as he helps lead this not-for-profit organization of jewelers, retailers, and consumers advocating jewelry that employs environmentally-clean source materials. He is chair of the Grinnell-In Richmond Regional Alumni Network and Co-Class Agent with John Malkinson '79 for the last few years for 1979. He is also on Alumni Council with Ed Senn '79, where he chairs the Alumni Student Connections Committee.
Peter says that it has been fun to connect with '79 classmates and meet the range of talent folks spread over the years.
"Grinnellians astound me," Peter says. "Today, somewhere on the planet or around the campus, miracles are occurring daily as Alumni and students engage the world.”
Updated Aug. 14, 2015.