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Cleopatria Peterson is a multidisciplinary artist that writes, printmakes, illustrates and loves self-publishing.Their work focuses on themes of nature, humour, identity and above all things, love. They graduated from Toronto Metropolitan University's Fashion Communication program and are the medal winner for Cross-Disciplinary Arts: Publications at OCAD.They are a huge advocate for encouraging people from all backgrounds to make art and are the co-founder of Old Growth Press, a small press working to change the publishing landscape with work from POC and/or LGBTQ+ creators. They are available for panels, zine & comic workshops and freelance work. Feel free to get in touch.

 

 

Photo by Yasmin Emery

C.V

EDUCATION

2017 - 2020 - OCADU Publications 

2010 -  2014 - X University - Fashion Communications 

WORK

2018 - Present - Co-founded Old Growth Press

2020 - Present - Bookbuyer & Online Assistant at TYPE books

2017 - 2020 - Page & Panel Bookseller and Buyer

2018 - 2019 - Student Monitor - OCAD Printmaking Department

EXHIBITIONS

2021

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

 

2020

​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

2019

Alaska Mini-Con - Juneau, Alaska

AGO First Thursday - Night Market

OCADU Zine Fair

Zine Dream

Canzine

Acta Victoriana Zine Fair

Shameless Feminist Conference

Xpace Holiday Maker Fair

Sick and Disable Queer Zine Fair

2018

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

2017

Xpace Holiday Maker Fair

Bi-Arts Festival

PUBLICATIONS

2022

Prairie Fire - Rootless Embrace edited with David Robertson (Forthcoming)

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

Augur Issue 5.1 - Mango Maker

 

2021

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

Growth In Small Gestures - The Soap Box

New Growth - Really Easy Press

2019

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? 

2018

Counter With Care - Pedagogical Impulse

Nest Literary Journal

2017
Shameless Magazine - Cover & Feature
Broken Pencil - Fiction Editorial
Toronto Comics - Yonge at Heart

 

RESIDENCIES

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

GRANTS & AWARDS

2022

New Generations Artist Grant - OAC

 

2021

Newcomer & Refugee Mentorship Grant - TAC

 

2020

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

CUE grant

 

2019

Literary Creation Project (Works for Publication) - OAC

Recommender Publishing Grant - Exile Mag - OAC

Recommender Publishing Grant - Koyama Press - OAC

 

2018

Planned Parenthood LGBTQ Youth Initiative Grant

Workshops & Lectures

2022

Zine Workshop Facilitator - Youth Pride hosted by the 519

Moderator - Queer Crossroads - TCAF

Moderator - Emma Hunsinger Spotlight - TCAF

2021

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

Moderator - LGBT+ Micro and Macro Perspectives - TCAF

Panelist - Zines! - Rio Hondo College

Zine Workshop Facilitator for Call & Response - Roy Thomson Hall

 

2020

Zine Workshop Facilitator for Call & Response - Roy Thomson Hall

Guest Speaker - Nano-Publishing - Shannon Gerrard OCAD

2019

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