Tim Peterson is an independent curator, art advisor and consultant based in Minneapolis.
Peterson was the Chief Curator for the Savannah College of Art and Design’s SCAD Museum of Art, where he curated exhibitions including Jack Leigh: Full Circle, Low Country Photographs, 1972-2004 and The Modern Era: Selections from the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art (both, 2014).
Previously, he founded and directed Franklin Art Works, a leading alternative space based in Minneapolis. From 1999-2014, he curated over 130 solo exhibitions premiering major bodies of work by fast-rising and established artists including Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Uta Barth, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jacob Kassay, Jennifer West, Wardell Milan, Christian Marclay, Kehinde Wiley, Rob Fischer, Wangechi Mutu, Aaron Spangler and Shinique Smith. Selected exhibitions that premiered at Franklin traveled directly to the Hammer Museum, Brooklyn Museum and MoMAPS1, among other venues.
At Franklin, Peterson commissioned, edited and published exhibition publications featuring essays by leading international curators and critics including Franklin Sirmans, Philippe Vergne, Naomi Beckwith, Bartholomew Ryan, Arthur Danto, Martin Antle, Cheryl Kaplan, Tillman Richter and Dan Byers.
Peterson previously served in the curatorial departments of Lannan Foundation, Williams College Museum of Art and Walker Art Center. He received a Bachelors degree from St. Olaf College and a Masters degree in Art History from William College.