Cleopatria Peterson (they/them) has a multi-disciplinary arts practice that explores the intersectionality of their identities as a black, non-binary transgender crip artist through the mediums of narrative, printmaking, illustration and education. They are a member of the Crip Arts Collective, have had their work shown at The Canadian Textile Museum, and are one of the co-founders of Old Growth Press. They graduated from the Cross Disciplinary Art: Publications program at OCAD U as the medal winner for their class (2020) and also hold a Bachelor’s of Design from TMU’s Fashion Communication program. Their first solo show Bestie Mart will be debuting at Tangled Art + Disability this May.



2017 - 2020 OCADU Publications 

2010 -  2014 TMU University - Fashion Communications


2023 - Present  Arts Educator at the AGO

2018 - Present  Co-founded Old Growth Press

2020 - 2023 Manager, Bookseller and Buyer at TYPE Books Junction

2023 Graphic Designer - Stay Up by Khodi Dill (Annick)

2022  Sensitivity Reader - All The Right Notes by Dominic Lim (Hachette)

2022 The Game Agency - Freelance

2017 - 2020  Page & Panel Bookseller and Buyer

2018 - 2019  Student Monitor - OCAD Printmaking Department



A Medium To Tell Stories - Open Studio (October 27-Dec 2nd)

The Secret Codes - Textile Museum of Canada (October 28th - April 28th)

Bestie Mart - Open Studio

Transforming Grief: Loss & Togetherness in COVID-19 - Toronto History Museum

Toronto Comics Art Festival 2023

Vancouver Comics Art Festival 2023 - We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for funding this opportunity to travel.


this house, made and mended by unbelonging hands - Riverdale Community Hub


​Murmuración - Open Studio

The International Festival Of Authors - Comic Jam

Your Hands and Eyes Keep Us Alive - Xpace Center

Pink Market - Xmas Edition

/edition Artbook Fair

OCADU Zine Fair


Alaska Mini-Con - Juneau, Alaska

AGO First Thursday - Night Market

OCADU Zine Fair

Zine Dream


Acta Victoriana Zine Fair

Shameless Feminist Conference

Xpace Holiday Maker Fair

Sick and Disable Queer Zine Fair


Xpace Holiday Maker Fair

Kaigai Manga Festival - Tokyo, Japan

Corita 100 - Los Angeles, California

Trick or Treat Toronto

See The Forest Through The Trees - Solo Exhibit at OCADU Learning Zone

Helping Wellness  - Gender Neutral Signage Exhibit at OCADU Learning Zone

Zine Dream

Acta Victoriana Zine Fair



Ask Me About God and I Will Tell You About Love

Returning, Returning, Returning


Prairie Fire - Rootless Embrace edited with David Robertson

The Love Of My Life Doesn't Use Dating Apps (But maybe they'll read this zine)

Augur Issue 5.1 - Mango Maker

Your Whiteness Is Boring - A Gender Perzine

The Love Of My Life Doesn't Use Dating Apps Part 2 Electric Boogaloo


What We Call Home in Collaboration with Terrence Abrahams, Collusion Press

Growth In Small Gestures - The Soap Box

New Growth - Really Easy Press


Acta Victoriana 143.1

Water Ways 

Acta Victoriana - I Trust

OCAD Student Press Broadsheet - Real Folk Blues

How Do I Tell My Mom I'm Black?


Counter With Care - Pedagogical Impulse

Nest Literary Journal


2023 Digizine Residency

2022 Halls Island Arts Residency

2021 - 2023 Open Studio BIPOC residency

2020 Xpace Centre Summer Residency - Toronto

2020 BIPOC Writers Connect - Toronto

2019 Alaska Mini Robotics Camp - Juneau, Alaska

2018 Gibraltar Point Residency - Toronto Island



Career Catalyst: Project Grants for New Generation Artists - OAC

Koyama Provides Recipient

Shortlisted BPnichol Chapbook Award - What We Call Home
Shortlisted Broken Pencil Best Perzine - The Love Of My Life Doesn't Use Dating Apps


Newcomer & Refugee Mentorship Grant - TAC


Nora E. Vaughan Award for Cross-Disciplinary Art: Publications

CUE grant


Literary Creation Project (Works for Publication) - OAC

Recommender Publishing Grant - Exile Mag - OAC

Recommender Publishing Grant - Koyama Press - OAC


Planned Parenthood LGBTQ Youth Initiative Grant



Zine Workshop - Re-Imagining Community Our Third Place - UofT

Weaving Workshop - Friends of CAB


Linocut Workshop Facilitator - Wildseed

Speaker - PrintSpeak - Open Studio

Moderator - ONE with David Marchetti - TCAF

Panellist -The Soft Movement: Vulnerability in Comics and Zines - TCAF

Panellist -It’s Alive! Things That Go Bump in the Night! -VANCAF


Zine Workshop Facilitator - Youth Pride hosted by the 519

Moderator - Queer Crossroads - TCAF

Moderator - Emma Hunsinger Spotlight - TCAF


Panellist - Cartooning-Related Practices: Their Present and Future in Canada - UofT

Moderator - LGBT+ Micro and Macro Perspectives - TCAF

Panellist - Zines! - Rio Hondo College

Zine Workshop Facilitator for Call & Response - Roy Thomson Hall


Zine Workshop Facilitator for Call & Response - Roy Thomson Hall

Guest Speaker - Nano-Publishing - Shannon Gerrard OCAD


Guest Lecturer - Zine-making- Sabrina Scott OCAD

Zine-Making and Storytelling Workshop - JYSC Juneau, Alaska

Guest Lecturer - Graphic Novels - Michelle Miller OCAD

Queer Zines & Flyer Making Workshop - Gardiner Museum & 519

Character creation for Comics and Video Games - Nuit Rose


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