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artist , educator for hearing impaired

Peter James Geisser, American Artist, educator for hearing impaired. Certified teacher, Rhode Island. Named 50th Anniversary scholar National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1991;recipient Rhode Island State of Arts award Rhode Island Council on Arts, 1992, Humanitarian award Business Volunteers for Arts/Rhode Island, 1994, 1st prize NAEA ElectronicGallery '97, New Orleans.


Geisser, Peter James was born on October 19, 1945 in Providence. Son of John H. and Helen L. (Callaghan) Geisser.


Bachelor of Science in Education, Tufts University, 1969. Master of Fine Arts, Tufts University, 1971. Diploma, School Museum Fine Arts, Boston, 1970.

Graduate certified, School Museum Fine Arts, Boston, 1971. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Rhode Island School of Design, 1997.


Art instructor Museum Fine Arts, Boston, 1967-1973. Painting instructor Belvoir Terrace Fine Arts Camp, Lenox, Massachusetts, 1969. Art instructor High School Scholarship Program, Boston, 1969-1970.

Art coordinator Boston School for Deaf, Randolph, Massachusetts, 1970-1973. Art director Rhode Island School for Deaf, Providence, since 1973. Summer lecturer in Rome, American Leadership Study Groups, Clarke University, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1971-1972.

Art instructor Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education, Providence, since 1987. Director Circuit of Clay project Very Special Arts Rhode Island, Pawtucket, 1992-1996. Special needs advisory board Museum Fine Arts, Boston, since 1979.

Teacher advisory board Rhode Island Committee on Humanities, since 1984, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, since 1989, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1991-1992. Member board directors Perishable Theatre, Providence, 1994-1996.


  • Certified teacher, Rhode Island.


  • Other Work

    • Group exhibitions include Cohen Art Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, 1971, Warwick (Rhode Island) Museum, 1988, Rhode Island School Design, 1989, Rhode Island Teachers Association, 1992, 93, 94, Rhode Island Art Education Association 2nd prize, 1996. Circle of Clay ceramic murals Hasbro Children. S Hospital.

      Commissioned stained glass installations include AS 220, Providence, St. Joseph's Rectory/Regina Caeli, Providence, Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, St. Mark's Church, Cranston, Rhode Island, Notre Dame College, Manchester, New Hampshire, Roger Williams Park Museum, Providence, Trinity Church, Concord, Massachusetts, St. Michael's Church, Providence, Cathedral Saints Peter and Paul, Providence, other churches, private collections.


Member National Art Educators Association, Rhode Island Art Education Assn (executive board since 1995, president-elect 1997, president 1999-2001), Rhode Island Forum for Humanities.


Married Maura Jane McNamara, May 14, 1972. 1 child, Mary Alicia.

John H. Geisser

Helen L. (Callaghan) Geisser

Maura Jane McNamara

Mary Alicia Geisser