About the Exhibition

Margaret Peterson: A Search In Rhythm

A Search In Rhythm is an exhibition featuring the artwork and personal papers of the mid-20th century abstract painter, Margaret Peterson (1903-1997).

 April 11 – August 18, 2014

Peterson, Lantinga Portrait, c.1984

Peterson c. 1984, by Curtis Lantinga UVic Special Collections, AR 445, 2011-002, File #1.20.3 

Legacy Maltwood at the Mearns Centre
McPherson Library, Lower Level
Open library hours: uvic.ca/library
Free and open to the public



Peterson “was an artist of sweeping vision and towering visual power — except for Emily Carr, she’s the best we’ve ever had … The University owns a number of paintings and her “papers” — her sketches, photos, art supplies, books and thousands of pages of manuscript from as-yet unpublished books. This show is the first chapter in the rediscovery of one of our finest artists.”

Robert Amos, Times Colonist


Panel Discussion: Working with Artists’ Archives at the University of Victoria


Tuesday May 13, 2014, 2:00 pm | 
Mearns Centre – McPherson Library, Room A003


Join us for a lively panel discussion of the artists’ archives at the University of Victoria, focusing on the current exhibition, Margaret Peterson: A Search in Rhythm, which draws on both the university’s archival and artistic holdings.

Lara Wilson, Director of Special Collections and University Archives

Wilson will present the local artists archive initiative and how it supports the study of art history and other related disciplines.

Robert Amos, Art Writer – Times-Colonist

Amos has a deep understanding of the papers and ephemera in UVic’s artists archives and will show examples of this diverse material, which includes many surprises.

Nicholas Tuele, Art Historian, Consultant & former Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Tuele has far reaching knowledge of the art of this region and will provide art historical context for the Peterson fonds.

Justine Drummond, B.C. Arts Council Curatorial Co-op Intern, UVic Anthropology (Honours) & Professional Writing student

Drummond will speak about her work with the Legacy Art Galleries & Special Collections and University Archives, curating Margaret Peterson: A Search in Rhythm. She will discuss the challenges and opportunities she encountered working with art and archival materials in parallel.