Peter Myer


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Black and White Photograph of Peter Myer, ca. 1960s

Artist Peter Myer painting in his studio ca. 1960s

Watercolor self-portrait of artist Peter Myer, ca. 1960s

Watercolor self-portrait of artist Peter Myer, ca. 1960s

Artist Bio

Peter Livingston Myer (1934-), of Provo, is an interesting semiabstractionist and realist, as painter, pastellist, printmaker, and sculptor (assemblage-installations); and, on occasion, this artist also experiments with kinetic lights and transparencies to create new optical patterns in some works.

From Long Island, New York, Myer attended Brigham Young University (B.F.A.), and is also a University of Utah graduate (M.F.A.,1959). He has been the Chair of the Art department at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (1962-1972), and he has been a member of the B.Y.U. art faculty since that time. He is also a former director of B.Y.U.'s art gallery in the Harris Fine Arts Center (previous to the building of the B.Y.U. Museum of Art).

According to Ann Poore in her recent catalog entitled The Reality of Abstraction: Painting in Utah 1946-1996: "[Myer] paints in a wide range of styles, ignoring the 'war' between abstract and representational art."

An exhibition of kinetic (motion) art in Los Angeles during the mid-60's started him 'on the road that I have followed ever since.' Myer worked with a glass blower in the early 80's to produce a series of glass sculptures that combined with light.


Shows and Exhibitions

One Man Shows

Juried and Invitational Group Exhibitions

1980 - Present
  • 2003- Woodbury Gallery, Orem, Utah
  • 2002- Bountiful-Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah
  • 2002-03- Grand National Exhibition, American Artists' Professional League, N.Y.
  • 1994- Gallery 303, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • 1986- Las Vegas Museum of Art, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1985- Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah
  • 1980- Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • 1980- Salt Lake Art Barn, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1980s-90s- Annual National Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Utah.
1969 - 1979
  • 1976- Cannon Beach Gallery, Cannon Beach, Oregon
  • 1971- Salt Lake Art Barn, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1970- Art in the 60s, Denver Museum of Art, Denver, Colorado.
  • 1969- The Gallery, Denver, Colorado
  • 1969- Art and Technology, High Museum of Art, Long Beach, California.
  • 1968-69- Some More Beginnings, Brooklyn Museum, New York City, N.Y.
1950 - 1968
  • 1968- Esther Robes Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 1968- Luminism, Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 1967- Light and Motion, Worcester Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1967- Light and Motion, Flint Institute of Art, Flint, Michigan
  • 1967- Light/Motion/Space, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1967- Lights in Orbit, Howard Wise Gallery, New York, N.Y.
  • 1963-1967- National Art Roundup, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1963- National Exhibition of Religious Art, Dover, New Jersey
  • 1961- Hanging Tree Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1959- New Jersey State Exhibition, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair New Jersey
  • 1956- Jazz and Art, Collectors Gallery, New York City, N.Y.

Professional and Community Positions

1980 - Present
  • 1997- Vice President, Utah County Art Board, Provo, Utah.
  • 1992-95- Studio Area Head, B.Y.U. Dept. of Visual Arts, Provo, Utah.
  • 1990- Associate Director, B.Y.U. Study Abroad, London, England.
1969 - 1979
  • 1978- Director, B.Y.U. Study Abroad, Paris, France.
  • 1972-78- Gallery Director, B.Y.U. Dept. of Art & Design, Provo, Utah.
  • 1969-1972- Regional Director of E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology).
1950 - 1968
  • 1963-64- Chairman, Allied Arts Council, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 1962-68- Chairman, Dept. of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada.


  • Denver Museum of Art
  • Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
  • Salt Lake Art Center
  • Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (Logan, Utah)
  • Springville Museum of Art (Utah)
  • Brigham Young University Museum of Art
  • Las Vegas Museum of Art
  • U.V.S.C. Woodbury Gallery


1980 - Present
  • 2003- Best of Show, Utah Pastel Society Exhibition.
  • 2003- The Newington Award, Best Painting Show-AAPL, New York City.
  • 2002- Colonel George J. Morales Memorial Award-AAPL, New York City.
  • 2002- Best of Show, Spring Art Show, Utah County Historic Courthouse, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 2000- Best of Show, Utah Pastel Society Exhibition, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 1985- First Prize, All Utah Annual, Eccles Community Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
1969 - 1979
  • 1975- First Prize, Purchase Award, Utah Biennial, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 1967-1970- First Place in Sculpture, National Spring Roundup, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 1965- Sweepstakes Award, Annual Spring Roundup, Las Vegas, Nevada.
1950 - 1968
  • 1963- First Prize (Purchase Award), National Art Roundup, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 1963- Honorable Mention, National Exhibition of Religious Art, Dover, N.J.
  • 1959- First Prize in Creative Oil, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Newspaper Articles

  • "2 Retired Y. Professors Plan Exhibit at UVSC." The Deseret News, August 3, 2003.
  • "A Light Media for Artist." Festival, November 9, 1969.
  • "All Art Styles Will Be Welcome At Springville Show." The Deseret News, April 9, 1989.
  • "Art Canvass." The Deseret News, February 20, 2000.
  • "Artist Uses Lightbulbs, Motors." Daily Universe, January 31, 1980.
  • "Artists' impressions of World War II at BYU." The Salt Lake Tribune, October 31, 1976.
  • "BYU Show Spotlights Art Faculty Diversity." The Deseret News, January 29, 1989.
  • "Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 28, 2002.
  • "Curtain Will Rise On Music, Laughter, Fantasy." The Deseret News, October 1, 1995.
  • "Exhibitiors show Work in Light, Plastic, Steel." The Salt Lake Tribune, January 10, 1971.
  • "Fantasy, Macabre Art On Exhibit In Utah In Utah County Galleries Have Treats For Halloween Visitors." The Deseret News, October 23, 1988.
  • "Galleries." The Deseret News, November 21, 1993.
  • "Lecture Releases Flood Of Memories, Teachings." The Deseret News, December 4, 1992.
  • "Light Brigade Charges up at the Wise." New York Times, February 4, 1967.
  • "Light, Motion, Space." Nevadan, March 17, 1968.
  • "Museum exhibit is all pastel." Nevadan, February 23, 1986.
  • "Myer Shows Glass, Light." Herald, February 21, 1980.
  • "New Galleries Are Facing A Landscape of Uncertainty." The Deseret News, July 25, 1993.
  • "Peter Myer Exhibits in Springville." Herald, Septermber 16, 1979.
  • "Small World, Big Canvas; Many Views Shaped Utah Art Some Reluctantly; Showcase Of Utah's Abstract Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 17, 1996.
  • "Springville Art shop to Host Meeting of the Artists Guild." The Deseret News, June 23, 1997.
  • "Utah in the Abstract Exhibit Chronicles 50-Year History of Movement in State Exhibit Chronicles Abstract Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 14, 1996.
  • "Utah Marquee: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, August 29, 2003.
  • "Utah Marquee: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 17, 1995.
  • "Utah Marquee: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, December 31, 1993.


  • Myer, Peter Livingston. Kinetic Light Art. Provo, UT: Peter L. Myer, 1999.
  • Myer, Peter L. Art Do It! A Handbook for Artists. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co, 1996.
  • Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.


  • Myer, Peter L., "New Directions in Mormon Art." Sunstone Magazine, Spring.
  • Time Magazine. "Luminal Music." Time Magazine, April 28, 1967.


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