Peter Richards has built a reputation for creating public spaces that involve many layers of complexity. As a long-term Artist in Residence at the Exploratorium (an innovative science museum in San Francisco, California), Richards shares his enthusiasm for nature and their elements through his work. His engaging outdoor sculptures and immersive landscaped environments bring such phenomena as wind and tidal movement into a larger cultural context.
Peter Richards received his B.A. degree in sculpture from Colorado College in 1967 and a M.F.A degree in sculpture from the Rinehart School of Sculpture in Baltimore in 1969. He has permanent outdoor installations in Austria, New York, Colorado, California and Washington. He has taught at the Center for Experimental and Interdisciplinary Arts at San Francisco State University, Ecole d’ Art Aix en Provence, the San Francisco Art Institute and Stanford University. He was a founder of McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was a Research Fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University. As previously noted, he is currently Senior Artist at The Exploratorium in San Francisco, California.