Biography

Peter Miehm began his career in art and design upon his graduation from H. B. Beal Technical School in London, Ontario in 1964. He worked initially as a commercial artist in London and Owen Sound and exhibited his first painting at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in 1966. In 1971 Peter graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Visual Art. After marrying Lois Elliott in 1972, he worked in Vancouver, British Columbia as a self-employed designer/illustrator and was affiliated, as a painter, with the Warwick Art Gallery until 1977. Peter returned to Ontario, graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario, and began a career in teaching which has culminated in his current position of professor, School of Design and Visual Art, Georgian College, Barrie. Peter retired from full-time teaching status in 2008, currently teaches part-time, and continues to pursue his painting career. Peter is now affiliated with the artist’s cooperative – Mad & Noisy Gallery in Creemore Ontario.

Peter’s interest in community affairs has included: coaching rep and house league soccer for the Owen Sound Minor Soccer Association; executive member of the Owen Sound Minor Soccer Association; Chair of Exhibition Committee for the Tom Thomson Art Gallery; Grey/Bruce Arts Council Board member; CAUSE Implementation Committee member; Art Centre Task Force member; the Grey Board of Education Task Force on the Arts member. A commissioned mural depicting historical aspects of the City of Owen Sound was completed by Peter in 1989 and installed on the south wall of City Hall. A 12 x 36 historical mural in the town of Mactier, Ontario, was completed in 1996.

With respect to Georgian College, Peter participated in the following: College Council; Curriculum and Program Standing Committee; First Provincial Curriculum Institute; College CSAC Task Force (College Standards and Accreditation Council); Student Services Restructuring Task Force; College Workload Monitoring Group; 20th Anniversary/Reunion Committee Chair for Owen Sound Campus Design Art Programme; Graphic Design Co-ordinator’s Conference; Capital Budget Committee; and the provincial CSAC Program Standards Development Committee for Graphic Design Programmes in Ontario.