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Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
M.F.A. - Painting (Karl Benjamin Painting Fellowship)


San Francisco State University, California
M.A. - Painting


Midland College, Fremont, Nebraska
B.A. - Fine Arts


Arizona State University, Tempe


University of Colorado, Boulder



Selected One-Person Exhibitions

2014 Kirk Pedersen: Urban Asia @ Beijing Art Expo, Represented by Scandan Culture
2013 Kirk Pedersen: Urban Asia, Lucie Foundation, MOPLA, Los Angeles
2011 Kirk Pedersen: Urban Asian Series, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California
Kirk Pedersen: Urban Art, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, California

Kirk Pedersen: Urban Paintings and Photographs, Today Art Museum, Beijing,


Do Not Enter, Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center, Pomona, California

Kirk Pedersen: Urban Asia, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis


Kirk Pedersen: Urban Paintings and Photographs:

    Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

    Art Gallery at Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China

    Ucity Art Museum, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China

Kirk Pedersen, Art of the City, GeFeng Museum of Contemporary Art, Shenzhen,


Japan Juxtaposed - Modern Images: Photographs by Kirk Pedersen (Tokyo Images), The Gallery at Penn College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Urban Asia Photographs, Petterson Museum of Intercultural Arts, Claremont, California


Eine Ausstellung IM Deutsch-Amerikanischen Zentrum - James-F.-Byrnes-Institute E.V., Stuttgart, Germany / Urban Landscapes, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA / Urbanscapes, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis


Urban, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport / Italia: Paintings of Urban Italy, The Asylum Gallery, Pomona, California


Convergence, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis / Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, California / Haydon Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska


The Urban Series, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis / Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California


The Urban Series, Riverside Art Museum, California


New Work: From Darkness To Light, David Jacobs Fine Art, Santa Monica / Recent Paintings, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis / In Collaboration, Akron, Ohio


Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School, Santa Monica / Haydon Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska


Contemporary Urban Still Life, In Collaboration, Santa Monica / Urban Series: 1989-1994, Harris Gallery, Houston / Napa Valley College, Napa, California


Bank of America World Headquarters, San Francisco / Universal Studios, Burbank, California


Desert Ruins/Road Relics, Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin / Ventura College, Ventura, California / Shaklee Corporation, San Francisco


Desert Ruins/Road Relics, University of California, Riverside / Road Relics and Urban Fountains, Harris Gallery, Houston / Oklahoma State University, Stillwater


Brenda Kroos Gallery, Cleveland / Francine Ellman Gallery, Los Angeles


The Urban Series, Mitchell Museum, Mount Vernon, Illinois / Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois / Infrastructure, Lizardi/Harp Gallery, Pasadena, California / Neville-Sargent Gallery, Chicago


Harris Gallery, Houston / City Gallery, Sacramento (two-person)


Moss/Chumley Gallery, Dallas / Neville-Sargent Gallery, Chicago / Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln / Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska / Haydon Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska


Stanford University, California / Harris Gallery, Houston


Imprimatur Gallery, Minneapolis


Hoover Gallery, San Francisco


Beuret Gallery, Honolulu


Leslie Levy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona


Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 U.S. Embassy Bangkok ‘180 Years of Friendship’ Photography Exhibition, CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand / Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai, Thailand / Arts and Cultural Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok / CentralPlaza, Suratthani, Thailand
2012 Abstract Expressionism, Santa Ana College Art Gallery, Santa Ana, California
2011 Art Chicago, Atrium Gallery, Chicago
2010 Art Chicago, Atrium Gallery, Chicago
Four Current Perspectives, Renmin University, Beijing

ArtChicago, Atrium Gallery, Chicago

Renmin University, Beijing, China


Abstraction, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri


Kunst 07 Zurich 13th International Art Fair, Walter Bischoff Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

Tromp L'Oeil: The Art of Illusion, Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois  

Art Auction 12, Long Beach Museum of Art, California


Los Angeles City College (three-person) / Paper, Paper, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis / Selections, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis


California Landscape, Long Beach Museum of Art / California Visions: Art Auction XI, Long Beach Museum of Art / Relative Truths, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California (three-person) / Philharmonic House of Design, Lemon Heights (Orange County), California / With Spirit, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis




Postcard Exhibition, Los Angeles City College


Community College Invitational Mentor and Mente Art Exhibition, California State University, Los Angeles / Scale it, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis


Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, California State University, Los Angeles / Double Overhead, Don O'Melveny Gallery, West Hollywood / Sequence Two, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, California


L.A.bstractionists, INMO Gallery, Los Angeles (Curated by Peter Frank) / Dreamhouse, Miller Durazo Contemporary Artists Projects, Los Angeles / Recycled Paper Three, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis


Selections from the Sweeney Collection, University of California, Riverside / Recycled Paper Two, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis


Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles


Abstraction, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri / RoundRobin, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California


Watermarks: Contemporary Watercolors, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS / Watermarks, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA


New Talent, Allan Stone Gallery, New York / Watercolors: Connoisseurship, Technique and Exploration, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri


City Art, Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, California / Works on Paper, Longview Art Museum, Longview, Texas


State of the Art 1993, The New England Fine Art Institute, Boston / Recent Acquisitions, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara


One Square Foot, Gensler and Associates, Santa Monica / Four Watercolorists, Mondavi Center, Costa Mesa, California


Allan Stone Gallery, New York / 54th Annual National Midyear Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio


Three Abstract Painters, Nimbus Gallery, Dallas / First Prints Biennial Expo Campinas 1987, Sao Paulo, Brazil / Contemporary American Watercolors from the Collection of the Springfield Art Museum, University of Missouri, Columbia / Watercolor Now, Springfield Art Museum, Missouri / Landscapes Near and Far, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney


The Monumental Image, Springfield Art Museum, Missouri / Watercolors, Cedar Rapids Art Museum, Iowa / Driven to Abstraction, Moss/Chumley Gallery, Dallas / 12th International Print Exhibition, Kanagawa Perfectural Gallery, Yokohama, Japan / Gallery Artists, Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida


Five Views, San Francisco State University / 11th International Print Exhibition, Kanagawa Perfectural Gallery, Yokohama, Japan / Bay Arts 1985 Current Directions in the Visual Arts, Arts Council of San Mateo, Belmont, California


All California 1984, Lauguna Beach Museum of Art, California / Fish: An Exhibition, Hockaday Center for the Arts, Kalispell, Montana / Aqueous 1984, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington


Selected Bibliography

One-Person Exhibition Catalogues / Books:

Brouws, Jeff.

"The Realization of a Possibility: The Urban Asia Photographs of Kirk Pedersen." Urban Asia. ZERO+ Publishing, 2009. (cloth with paper jacket: 160 pages / 85 color plates)

Chattopadhyay, Collette.

"Kirk Pedersen: Images of Transience and Change." Kirk Pedersen: Urban Paintings and Photographs. Shenyang, China: Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, 2008.  (48 pages / 30 color plates)


"Kirk Pedersen: Images of Transience and Change." Kirk Pedersen: Urban Paintings and Photographs. Beijing, China: Today Art Museum / Shenyang: Luxun Academy of Fine Arts / Guangzhou: Ucity Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts / Shanghai: Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, 2008. (84 pages/55 color plates)

Doe, Donald Bartlett.

"Memories of 10th Street: The Recent Paintings of Kirk Pedersen." Kirk Pedersen: The Urban Series. Mt Vernon, Illinois: Mitchell Museum / Peoria, Illinois: Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, 1989. (32 pages / 16 color plates)


"The Process of Landscape: The Paintings of Kirk Pedersen." Kirk Pedersen. Dallas: Moss/Chumley Gallery, 1987. (12 pages / 3 color plates / 3 B&W plates)

Frank, Peter..

"Citiness: Kirk Pedersen's Veristic Abstractions" Kirk Pedersen: Urban Landscapes, Walnut, California: Mt. San Antonio College, 2006. (56 pages / 43 color plates)


"Kirk Pedersen: An Abstraction So Real." The Urban Series. Riverside, California: Riverside Art Museum, 1997. (20 pages / 9 color plates)

Pagel, David.

"Just Passing By, Intimately and Unforgettably." (See Brouws for complete information)

Reed, Jim.

"Night as a Metaphor." Kirk Pedersen: From Darkness to Light. Santa Monica: David Jacobs Fine Art. 1996. (16 pages / 9 color plates)

Scarborough, James. "Kirk Pedersen and the Art of Bartering Your Soul." Kirk Pedersen: Tradeoffs. ZERO+ Publishing (Claremont, CA), 2010. (cloth with paper jacket: 160 pages / 90 color plates))
Shao, Da Zhen.

Significant Cultural Meaning from Ordinary Images. Insert for Kirk Pedersen: Urban Paintings and Photographs. Beijing: Today Art Museum, 2008.

Warren, Katherine V. "Kirk Pedersen: Desert Ruins/Road Relics." Kirk Pedersen: Desert Ruins/Road Relics. Manitowoc, Wisconsin: Rahr-West Art Museum / Riverside, California: University of California, 1991. (36 pages / 20 color plates)


Kirk Pedersen: Urban Asia Photos. Diamond Bar, California, 2007. (36 pages / 33 color plates)



Gordon, Alex.

“CARTWHEEL Interview with Kirk Pedersen of ZERO+ Publishing.” CARTWHEEL, (Los Angeles), January 16, 2013. (18 color repro.)

Junker, Eric. “Kirk Pedersen: No Map Required.” Fabrik (photography issue), Issue 16, (Los Angeles), 88 – 91. (4 color repro.)
Reevo, Jay. “Urban Asia & Tradeoffs – Kirk Pedersen.”, Suffolk, England. (7 color repro.)
  “Kirk Pedersen: City Impression – Beijing.”, (Seoul, Korea). (16 color repro.)

Brouws, Jeff;

Pagel, David; Chattopadhyay, Collette.

City Impression: Kirk Pedersen Urban Painting and Photograph Exhibitions in China. Finance: Oriental Art. (Beijing, China), January 2009, 22-25. (5 color reproductions)

Lee, Si-Woo "Kirk Pedersen: City Impression Beijing." (Seoul, Korea), July 19, 2010. (color reproduction)
Liu, Vivian. Art and Design Magazine (Beijing, China), March 2009.
Lieber, Katherine R. Art Chicago 2009 Review,, May 1 (one color image).
Sieloff, Alison. "Oh, the Urbanity." Riverfront Times ( St. Louis), September 10-16, Volume 33, Number 37, 20-21. (reproduction)
Yang, Nan.

 City Impressions by Kirk Pedersen in Beijing. (Beijing, China), January 16, 2009.  (3 color reproductions)

Yang, Shen.

City Impression: American Artist Kirk Pedersen Painting and Photography Show Opens in Beijing.Vision Union (Beijing, China), January 10, 2009. (5 color reproductions)

Zhong, Hui Min.

American Artist Kirk Pedersen China Exhibition in Beijing. (Beijing, China), January 16, 2009. (color image)

Zhu, Xiao Jun. Kirk Pedersen: City Impressions. China Culture Daily (Beijing), January 11, 2009, 2. (reproduction)

Television Interview. (Beijing, China), January 11, 2009.


Urban Impression Solo Exhibition of Kirk Pedersen. Today Art Museum Newsletter (Beijing, China), January March 2009, 6-7. (color reproduction)


Alexander, Amanda. At the Galleries,, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, July 24.
Chen, Meng Zhe.

See the City Through His Eyes.Shanghai Weekly (Shanghai, China), December 16, 2008, A8-9. (10 color reproductions)

Hwang, Jessie.

Exhibition Review, City Impressions Paintings and Photographs by US Kirk Pedersen. (Guangzhou, China), October, 18, 2008. (2 photos)

Lee, Bonnie.

Television Interview. Discover Guangzhou, GZTV - Guangzhou English Channel (China),  October 17, 2008

Liu, Giong. The City Impression. Shenzhen Economic Daily (Shenzhen, China), November 16, 2008, A9.
Liu, Hai-sha.

Interview with American Artist Kirk Pedersen. MEIYUAN - Journal of Luxun Academy of Fine Arts (Shenyang, China), 2008 - 6, 40-44. (9 color reproductions. including back cover)

Liu, Sha Sha. City Impressions by Kirk Pedersen.Shenzhen Daily (China), November 16, 2008
Que, Zheng Gang.

American Artist Kirk Pedersen China Exhibition Opens in  (Guangzhou, China), October 24, 2008. (4 color reproductions)

Sheng, Xiao Lin.

From the Details the World Can Be Seen.GuangzhouDaily (Guangzhou, China), October 16, 2008, B6. (color reproduction)

Wang, Da Ju.

 Exhibition Review. Shenyang Evening News (Shenyang, China), September 28, 2008, C5. (reproduction)

Wang, Feng;

Sheng, Xiao Lin.

The City Impression by Kirk Pedersen.Panyu Daily (Guangzhou, China), October 19, 2008, P3. (color reproduction.)

Yang, Lin.

American Artist Kirk Pedersen Show in (Shanghai, China),  December 11, 2008. (color image)

Yao, Dian. City (Shanghai, China), December 11, 2008. (color image)
Zhang, Shao.

Impressions of Urban: Kirk Pedersen (US) Solo, December 5,  2008. (color reproduction)


Exhibition Preview. China Daily (Beijing), December 5, 2008, P20. (reproduction)


Shenyang Daily News (Shenyang, China), September 26, 2008, 19. (color reproductions.)


Impression of City.SH (Shanghai, China), December 5, 2008, 22. (color reproduction)

ˇˇ Kirk Pedersen: Impression of the City.Shanghai Star Weekend (Shanghai, China), December 4, 2008, 12.
ˇˇ Television Interview, LTV Television (Channel 16), Shenyang, China, September 25, 2008

Television Interview. Primary Scene, Shenyang TV Station (Shenyang, China), September 26, 2008.


Television Interview. SZTV - Shenzhen Television (Shenzhen, China), November 17, 2008.

ˇˇ Television Interview. City Beat - International Channel Shanghai (Shanghai, China), December 8, 2008.

(Over 100 Web Sites in China have featured the show Kirk Pedersen: Urban Paintings and Photographs)

2007 - 1982

Artner, Alan G.

Review. Chicago Tribune, June 16, 1989.

Daniel, Jeff.

"Kirk Pedersen: Convergence and Jeanine Coupe Ryding: Divers." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 7, 2001, F5.


"Urban Scene Gets Vibrant Rendering." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 19 June 98, E6.


"Contrast Within Contrast Creates Startling Exhibit." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 28 August 1997, 23.

Doherty, M. Stephen.

"Using Water-Based Opaque Paints." Watercolor 88, 1988, 66-74. (2 color reproductions)


"Using Water-Based Opaque Paints." Watercolor Highlights, Summer 1993, 120-129. (2 color reproductions)

Goforth, Candace.

"Building's New Owners Give Mural the Brushoff." Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio), June 23, 1998, B1. (2 reproductions)

Howell, Camille.

"Variety of Offerings at Exhibit has Broad Appeal." The News Leader (Springfield, Missouri), June 21, 1987, 2G.

Ineck, Tom.

"Nebraska Native's Art Reveals Details of Our Lives." Lincoln Star Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska), January 1, 1995, 13H. (reproduction)

Kilbane, Marie.

"Brenda Kroos Gallery: A Fine Addition to the Art Community." Scene (Cleveland, Ohio), October 25-31,1990, 6.

Klein, Jerry.

"Lakeview Art Show is Exciting." Journal Star (Peoria, Illinois), September 3, 1989 3B. (reproduction)

Knaff, Devorah.

"The City, Up Close and Personal."The Press Enterprise (Riverside, California), November 14, 1997, AA3. (3 color reproductions)


"On the Road Again: Kirk Pedersen at U.C. Riverside." Artweek, (Oakland, California), October 10, 1991, 11. (reproduction)


"Paintings Find Beauty in the Ruins." The Press Enterprise (Riverside, California), October1, 1991, D-9. (reproduction)

Koppman, Debra.

"Previews: Kirk Pedersen." Artweek, February 2006, 6. (1 reproduction)

Kutner, Janet.

"Driven to Abstraction." The Dallas Morning News, September 10, 1986.

Landwehr, William C.

"California Artist Sets Up Shop Here." Journal Star (Peoria, Illinois), June 1, 1989, 1. (4 reproductions)


"Watercolor U.S.A. 1986 - The Monumental Image." Exhibition Catalogue, Springfield Art Museum, (Springfield, Missouri), June 1986. (color reproduction)


"Watercolor U.S.A. 1987." Newsletter, Springfield Art Museum, (Springfield, Missouri), July/August 1987. (reproduction)

Locke, Donald.

"Reading Artists' Statements." New Times (Tempe, Arizona), August 18-24, 1982, 53.

Lucie-Smith, Edward.

Zoo: Animals in Art, Watson Guptill Publications, New York, 1998, 168-169. (color reproduction)

McKinnon, Lisa.

"Artist Paints Life Into the Discarded." The Ventura County Star Press (Ventura, California), September 1, 1992, B 1-2. (color reproduction)

Moehl, Karl.

Review. New Art Examiner, (Chicago), January 1990, 47. (reproduction)


"Graceful Wrecks Create Mystery in the University Art Gallery." Highlander (University of California, Riverside), September 24, 1991, B-4. (reproduction)

Morse, Marcia.

Review. The Sunday Star-Bulletin and Advertiser (Honolulu, Hawaii), February 6, 1983, 10c.

Myer, Joe.

"Strolling the Galleries." Palm Desert Post (California), February 8-14, 1989.

Nixon, Bruce.

"Many Bright Spots in Introductions." Dallas Times Herald, July 13, 1987, 2.

Pagel, Anne.

"Kirk Pedersen at Haydon Gallery." Nebraska StatePaper. Com, October 4, 2000, 1-3.

Pincus, Robert L.

"City Scenes Unequal to Task at Hand." The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), October 3, 1996, C3.

Shepley, Carol Ferring.

"Reflections of the Self." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 14, 1996, C5. (reproduction)

Shinn, Dorothy.

"Up-Close Homage to Asphalt." Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio), July 12, 1996, A1. (2 color reproductions)


"Straightforward Paintings Add Up to Whole New Show." Akron Beacon Journal, (Akron, Ohio), September 15, 1996, E3. (reproduction)

Simmons, John.

"Watercolor Show has Appeal Locally and Nationally." The News Leader (Springfield, Missouri), September 3, 1989, 3B.

Shoup, Claire.

"Lakeviews Features Pedersen Art Exhibition." Star Journal (Peoria, Illinois), August 10, 1989, 1-2.

Ulrich, Linda.

"Urban-Environment Artist Pedersen 'Young Artist of the Year." Lincoln Journal-Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), February 8, 1987, 10H. (reproduction)

Waterman-Peters, Barbara.

"Watermarks: Contemporary Watercolors." Exhibition Catalogue (Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas), January 1996, 5. (color reproduction)

Weinger, Alice B.

"Kirk Pedersen: The Urban Series." Lakeviews (Peoria, Illinois) Fall, 1989, 2-5. (9 reproductions)

Wolgamott, L. Kent.

"A Man of Fashion." Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), October 8, 2000, 12M. (color reproduction)

Wright, John.

"The Shape of the World." The Riverfront Times (St. Louis, Missouri), Number 983, August 6-12, 1997, 79.


Articles without listed author:


Japan Juxtaposed: Traditional Textiles/Modern Images.The Gallery at Penn College Newsletter, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, 2008. 2009, 3. (color reproduction)


 The Colorado Collection.CU Art Museum Newsletter, University of Colorado, Boulder, Volume V, 2008, 11.(color reproduction)


Kirk Pedersen Exhibit. Accents Magazine (Stuttgart, Germany), June August, 2006, 22. (color reproduction)


California Landscapes.(Long Beach Museum of Art), Antiques and the Arts Online, June 2005

ˇˇ California Landscapes at Long Beach Museum.Art Knowledge News (online), July 2005

Landscapes of the Golden State.Russian Antique (online), May 25, 2005.


Long Beach California Landscapes.Plein Air Magazine (online), June - July 2005


"Kirk Pedersen, Los Angeles." Art Forum (Santa Ana College Art Department Quarterly, California), November-December, 2002, 1-2. (4 reproductions)


"Artworks by Kirk Pedersen." L.A. Times (Inland Empire Edition), August 28,1991. (reproduction)


"Desert Ruins/Road Relics." ArtTimes (Riverside, California), Fall 1991, 7. (reproduction)


"Pedersen Presents Talk on 'Close up' Artwork." The Daily O'Collegian (Stillwater, Oklahoma), February 1-3, 1991, 3-4. (2 reproductions)


"Urban Artwork." Stillwater NewsPress (Stillwater, Oklahoma), January 27, 1991, 6A. (reproduction)


"Kirk Pedersen: The Urban Series." Cedarhurst Quarterly (Mt. Vernon, Illinois), February-April, 1989, 2. (2 reproductions)


"Harris to Show 'On the Edge' Paintings." Art-Talk (Scottsdale, Arizona), March 1988, 40. (reproduction)


"Recent Acquisitions." Lakeviews (Peoria, Illinois), Fall, 1988, 9. (reproduction)


"Charlotte National 1987." Exhibition Catalogue, Spirit Square Center for the Arts (Charlotte, North Carolina), May, 1987, 5. (color reproduction)


"Honolulu Printmakers 55th Annual Exhibition." The Sunday Star-Bulletin and Advertiser (Honolulu, Hawaii), February 6, 1983, C-10. (reproduction)

ˇˇ "Young Trio Show Work." Daily Progress (Scottsdale, Arizona), May 14, 1982, 35. (reproduction)