Pegan Brooke

Professor Emerita

Certain places exert an undeniable impulse to make art inspired by them, to try to understand what they might mean through the creative process. My recent paintings and video/poems are inspired by the experiences of sustained reflection upon the Aven River in Pont Aven, France and the Pacific Ocean near my home in Northern California. My intention is to find a way to communicate the fleeting quality of experience and the flowing nature of being, a present that recommences unceasingly, and our own individual and collective responses to that experience.

Selected Exhibitions: 

  • Sound and Silence, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2010 (solo exhibition)
  • River/Sea: Water Time, Anne Loucks Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2010 (solo exhibition)
  • Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA, 2008 (solo installation)

Selected Publications: 

  • Ollman, Leah. “Pegan Brooke at R.B. Stevenson.” Art in America, March 2006, pp. 161-162 (with reproduction).
  • Pincus, Robert L. “Objects of Beauty.” The San Diego Union-Tribune, Oct. 27, 2005, p.3 (with reproduction)


  • MFA, Painting, Stanford University
  • MA, Painting, University of Iowa
  • BFA, Painting, Drake University
  • BA, Literature, University of California, San Diego