Painter Author Musician Poet  Teacher

Peter Stilton, a true Renaissance man, is an internationally known artist. He has dabbled in many different subjects and bodies of works in both representational and abstract styles. His Tampa studio embraces him from ceiling to floor with his paintings, antique settees, chairs, tables, carvings, sculptures, toys, oriental rugs, and much more. From his inspiring religious-themed paintings to his whimsical presentations of daily family life, all of Peter’s art work is loved and cherished in many cultures around the world.

From “Art et Communication” Paris, 1995

Love of life. Love of light. Opening unto sea and sky. …He wants to bring joy to the Art “Amateur” and doesn’t want to use it as a way to question oneself on humanity’s sad condition. …Stilton distillates happiness, a happiness without any pretension but which does not lack fervor and enthusiasm. It is a Florida ray of sun exploding into our stiff world. Thanks Peter Stilton for this superb exhibition. I am sure that the Parisians will come and warm themselves with the glowing colors of your paintings. read more. Charles Tanguy

Critique d'Art

Public, Private, and Corporate Collections

                                                                                                                                    Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony                                                                                                                                      Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida
Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA, Permanent Collection
Office of the Mayor of Paris, France, Permanent Collection, Hotel de Ville
Office of the Mayor of Tampa, FL and Tampa Convention Center
Florida Aquarium, Tampa, FL
Raymond James Center, St. Petersburg, FL
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa, FL
Baroness Fleetwood, Stockholm, Sweden
Director, La Sorbonne, Paris, France
The Mahaffey Company, St. Petersburg, FL
Harbour Island Developer, Tampa, FL
Townhouse Interiors, Atlanta, GA
Benedetti Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
NCNB Bank, Tampa, FL
American Heart Association, St Petersburg, FL
Suncoast Bank Center Building, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Manatee County, FL Manatee Menagerie
Temple Rodeph Sholom, Tampa, FL
Geosciences, Inc., Lakeland, FL

The Artist

Peter Stilton,
fine artist and professor of art, humanities, cinema


In 2000 the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, MA, purchased one of Peter Stilton’s “Chair” paintings for its permanent collection.

In 1998, Peter Stilton was the first American to have a one-man show at the Sorbonne (University of Paris). Later that year, one of his paintings depicting Paris was selected to hang in the office of the Mayor of Paris as part of the permanent collection of the Mayor of Paris in the historic Hotel de Ville.

His paintings and sculptures are in private and corporate collections all over the world…from Tel Aviv to Stockholm, including a commission for the Saudi royal family’s summer palace.

Peter has had more than three dozen one-man exhibitions of his work, including four in Paris. He was the subject of a feature story on WUSF radio in 1996, and was selected as an artist in residence for an arts magnet school in Greenville, South Carolina in 1997.

Peter has a master’s degree in art history from U.C.L.A. and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California in cinema. His college teaching career includes:

  • UCLA, California State Colleges at Long Beach and Fresno
  • Eisenhower College of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Seneca Falls, New York
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • St. Petersburg Junior College in the bay area

His museum classes have included an art appreciation class at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland for the Board of Trustees and a creative workshop for the Tampa Museum of Art.
In addition to private instruction, he has given professional lectures and demonstrations for the:

  • Hendersonville Art League, North Carolina
  • Lake Lure Artists master class, North Carolina
  • Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL docents
  • Tampa Museum of Art, docents
  • Brandeis National Women’s Committee
  • Belleair Fine Arts Society of the FLorida Gulf Coast Arts Center
  • Society of Orlando artists

Other topics of lectures for churches, civic groups and museums include:

  • Egyptian Art and Architecture
  • Early Christian Art and Byzantine Art
  • Film, Painting and Photograhpy
  • Color Theory, Arts and Civilization
  • Ultimate Origins of 19th Century Eclectic Architecture
  • Museum Collections (in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Rochester, Sarasota, FL)

Literary Pursuits

  • Winter 1996, Literary publication “Peter Stilton: Through Portals of Painting, Poetry” (Bilingual French-English edition of the talk and poetry recital of Peter Stilton, Les Arts Culturels, at Lake Forest)
  • February 1995, Poetry reading / art exhibition, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Brandon, Florida
  • 1994, Poem, “The Star on the Studio Floor” published by the National Library of Poetry (Dark Side of the Moon)
  • 1993, Poem, “The Studio in 3/4 Time” published in Hillsborough Community College anthology “Pomegranite “
  • 1964, 1965, Poems published in the Kent State University literary magazine, “The Quarterly”

Current gallery representation includes:

  • Art et Communication gallerie, Paris, France
  • Art in the Plaza, Belleair, FL

Professional Organizations:

  • Signature Member at ISAP-FL (International Society of Acrylic Painters, Florida)
  • TRA (Tampa Regional Artists)
  • NTAL (North Tampa Art League)
  • CTA (Classroom Teachers Association
  • RROC (Rolls-Royce Owners Club)
Graduate School
University of Southern California
Master of Sciences, Cinema and Film Education, 1971-1972
Film production including courses taught by members of the Hollywood studio system in camera, lighting, sound, script writing, makeup, etc.

University of California, Los Angeles
Master of Arts, History of Art, 1966-1968
Master’s Thesis: The Apse Mosaic of Hosios David, Salonika (discovery of the earliest symbols of the four evangelists in Christian art).

Undergraduate School
Kent State University
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art, 1962 – 1966
Enrolled in premedical program; offered scholarship in architecture; majority of course work in history with related courses in literature and philosophy; almost all art courses taken in intensive summer sessions. Honors College and Phi Eta Sigma (no Phi Beta Kappa at Kent at that time). Contributor to campus literary magazine (poetry): “The Kent Quarterly”.


2006-2014, Teacher
Elementary Art in Public schools, Tampa, FL

2009-2013, Teacher
Fine Arts Summer Camp, Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL

1978-2014 Instructor (Part-Time)
Private studio instruction

1990 – 1995, Instructor (Part-Time) St. Petersburg Junior College, Clearwater (Western Man, Drawing I)

1984 – 1996 , Instructor (Part-Time) Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus and Ruskin Center Humanities I and II, Art History I and II, Art Appreciation

1979 – 1982 , Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Art and Photography Program Eisenhower College of the Rochester Institute of Technology (For a brief time, Eisenhower became the 10th college of RIT) World Studies curriculum, media and design, aesthetics of photography. Activities during this period centered around directing, implementing, hiring, and teaching in a program for a freshman “feed-in ” program for the main campus’ internationally known School of Photography. It included raising funds, building darkroom facilities. etc. The program constituted one-third of the student body.

1974 – 1979, Assistant Professor Eisenhower College, Seneca Falls, New York Sabbatical after Fulbright study in Egypt, 1978; show of Egyptian-inspired work at Prouty-Chew Museum, Geneva, New York.

1972 – 1974, Instructor Eisenhower College, Seneca Falls, New York Core Curriculum World Studies Program: sophomore year Renaissance to early 20th century; drawing and design, painting, film-making, intensive special courses in 19th century architecture, art theory and criticism; sponsor of self-generated projects and advisor for independent study in art history, studio art, theatrical and animated film, photography, and museology. Set designer for college theatre productions and summer Gilbert and Sullivan series.

1971, Lecturer Part-Time, UCLA Humanities extension program. Upper division art history surveys, “Rescued from the Eagle’s Nest,” a course relating major 19th and 20th century art movements to film in the first three decades of the 20th century – first on the west coast, presented to 400 students in a six-week course at Dickson Auditorium.

1969 – 1971, Assistant Professor Art History, Fresno State College (now University) Lower division survey course, upper division in Greco-Roman and Byzantine, Renaissance and Baroque, 19th and 20th century, weekend survey courses designed for secondary and junior college teachers, statewide “art tours” designed for the community. Developed new and innovative teaching techniques in a rapidly changing academic environment which included now famous colleague Judy Chicago and others.

1968 – 1969, Instructor (Sabbatical Replacement) California State College (now University), Long Beach Undergraduate surveys in 19th century art, 20th century art, and graduate seminars in contemporary art.

1967 – 1968, Teaching Assistant UCLA (Humanities) Part-Time Instructor California State, Long Beach (art history)

Professional Lectures

  • August 2003, Curator and Associates, Raymond James Center, St. Petersburg, Fl, Stilton Studio
  • March 1999, Hendersonville Art League, Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • March 1999, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg Florida Presentation for Docents (including poetry and musical performance) Stilton Studio
  • March 1999, February 1997, Master Class / Demonstration for the Lake Lure Artists, Lake Lure, North Carolina
  • March 1997, Speaker – les Arts Culturels Interaction of painting and poetry in the 1995 Paris show
    Tampa, Florida
  • December 1996, Brandeis National Women’s Committee: Tour and poetry reading, Stilton Studio
  • August 1994, Tampa Museum of Art: Tour and informal talk for museum docents, Stilton Studio
  • March 1993, Belleair Fine Arts Society of the Florida Gulf Coast Art Center: Tour and media demonstration, Stilton Studio
  • 1992 – 1995, Hillsborough Community College: Art appreciation classes, Stilton Studio
  • 1986, Polk Museum Art Appreciation Class for Board of Trustees, Lakeland, Florida
  • 1985, Tampa Museum Creative Workshop, Tampa, Florida

Speaking and Consulting

Talks and Lectures for church, museum and civic groups on the following topics:

  • Arts and Civilization
  • The Ultimate Origins of 19th Century Eclectic Architecture
  • Egyptian Art and Architecture
  • Color Theory
  • Film, Painting and Photography
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art
  • Discovering Design Principles
  • Museum Collections (in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Rochester and Ithaca)

Consultant for:

  • historical documentary film
  • cinema course for educational television
  • traveling architectural history exhibition (grant)
  • architectural style handbook (grant)
  • programs/posters
  • architectural graphics and window display

Art Historical Investigation Abroad

  • England: London and southern counties
  • Spain: Madrid and Barcelona
  • France: Paris, Versailles and Chartres
  • Italy: Florence, Rome, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Naples, Tivoli, Ravenna, Ostia Antiqua, Bologna and Venice
  • Greece: Athens, Delphi, Daphne, Olympia, Mycenae, Tiryns, Corinth, Salonika, Pella, Skyros and Alonysos
  • Turkey: Istanbul
  • Yugoslavia: Montenegro and Dubrovnik
  • Germany: Aachen, Cologne and the Rhineland
  • Egypt: Cairo (Faiyum, Giza, Sakkara and Alexandria), Abu Simbel, Aswan (Elephantine Island, Philae, Kalabsha), Luxor (Tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Nobles), Karnak, Esna, Kom Ombo and Edfu
  • Mexico: Mexico City, Taxco and Acapulco
  • Hawaii: Honolulu and Maui
  • Sweden: Stockholm

Juried Art Festivals

  • Fine Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA   October 2001

Professional Art Judging

  • Black & White Exhibit, Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL, May and June 2014
  • Best of the Best Exhibit, Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL, Fall 2012
  • Ocala Art Group, Ocala, FL. 2008
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, student show, Rochester, NY 1979

Donations for 2003-2014

  • CAST annual auction, Tampa, FL 2013, 2014
  • Chiselers, Inc., Tampa, FL  2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Tampa Bay Humane Society auction, 2012
  • Arts for ACT benefit auction, Ft. Myers, FL  August 2013
  • Lee Academy for Gifted Education benefit, Tampa, FL  2011, 2012
  • Tampa Museum of Art benefit ( Pavillion), Tampa, FL  2003, 2005, 2007
  • Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL  2006, 2008, 2009
  • Mayor’s Beautification Project  auction, Tampa, FL  2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014
  • Florida Holocaust Museum benefit auction, St. Petersburg, FL  2006, 2007
  • Children’s Museum benefit auction “Swansation,” Lakeland, FL  2003
  • WEDU public television station auction, Tampa, FL  2005, 2006
  • Florida Aquarium auction, Tampa, FL  2004
  • Art for Life auction, Tampa, FL 2005, 2006
  • Sak’s Fifth Avenue benefit auction for Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL  2004, 2005
  • Florida Orchestra auction, Tampa, FL  2005
  • Children’s Home auction, Tampa, FL 2003

His Accomplishments

  • March 2015, Jimmie B. Keel Library, Tampa, FL
  • January-February 2014, TECO Plaza Gallery (Tampa Electric Co.), Tampa, FL
  • April 2013, Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL, “Music of the Soul” including performance/ conversation with pianist Joseph Schwartz
  • March 2013, NTAL Artist of the Month, New Tampa Regional Library
  • January 2013, Arts for ACT Gallery (non-profit), Ft. Myers, FL
  • November-December 2011, Upper Tampa Bay regional Library, Tampa, FL
  • July-August 2011, John Germany Library (main branch)-Kotler Gallery, Tampa, FL
  • January 2010, Featured Artist Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL
  • Feb.- March 2007, Hoffman Porges Gallery in historic Ybor City, Tampa, FL
  • October – December  2005, Baisden Gallery, Tampa, FL
  • May 16, 2003, University of Tampa, Featured artist for Special event, Tampa, Florida
  • Fall 2003 , Michael Murphy Gallery, , Tampa, Florida
    (French Connection)
  • November 2001 , Tarpon Springs Performing Art Center, Tarpon Springs, Florida
  • February-March 2001 , Art in the Plaza Gallery , Belleair, Florida
  • December 2000 – January 2001, Michael Murphy Gallery at le Bordeaux Restaurant, Tampa, Florida
  • December 1998 – January 1999, Le Petit Prince, Paris, France
  • March 1999, Hendersonville, N.C. Art League, Hendersonville, N.C.
  • February 1998, Galerie Art et Communication, Paris, France
  • January 1998, La Sorbonne, Paris, France
  • November 1997, Exhibition at Tampa Statuary Garden, Tampa, Florida
  • October-November, 1995, Galerie Art et Communication, Paris, France
  • May-June, 1995, Schmidt/Angell Gallery, Tampa, Florida
  • February 26, 1995, Barnes & Noble, Brandon, Florida
  • January – March 1993, Harbour Island Gasparilla Series, Tampa, Florida
  • May – June 1992, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida
  • July 1991, Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa, Florida
  • February – March 1988, Center Club of Tampa, Tampa, Florida
  • November – December 1987, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida
  • December 1985 – May 1986, Windseye Gallery – Hyde Park Village, Tampa, Florida
  • November 1985, NCNB Bank – Davis Island, Tampa, Florida
  • September 1985, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida
  • March 1985, Maas Brothers – West Shore Plaza, Tampa, Florida
  • February 1985, Burdines, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • October – November 1984, Burdines, Clearwater, Florida
  • October 1984, NCNB Bank – Davis Island, Tampa, Florida
  • October 1984, Burdines – Tampa Bay Mall, Tampa, Florida
  • September 1984, Burdines – Tampa Bay Mall, Tampa, Florida
  • January – March 1984, First National Bank, Tampa, Florida
  • November 1983, Ellis Banks (5), Hillsborough County, Florida
  • July 1983, Ellis Bank, Lakeland, Florida
  • March 1983, Benttree Gallery, Tampa, Florida
  • May 1981, Eisenhower College of R.I.T., Seneca Falls, New York
  • February 1980, Rennsalaer Polytechnic Institute, School of Architecture, Troy, New York
  • June – August 1979, Prouty-Chew Museum, Geneva, New York
  • October 1999 – present, Ann Jacob Gallery, Highlands, N.C.
  • August 1999 – present, Saturday Cove Gallery, Northport, Maine
  • May 1998 – October 1999, Ken Elias Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • April 1998 – October 1999, Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
  • December 1997 – present, Art in the Plaza, Belleair, Florida
  • October 1997 – July 1998, Galeria Silecchia, Sarasota, Florida
  • June – November 1997, Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa, Florida
  • January 1996 – Present, Galerie Art et Communication, Paris, France
  • July 1993 – December 1994 , Global Gallery, Tampa, Florida
  • August 1992 – July 1993, Nuance Gallery, Tampa, Florida
  • November 1992 – March 1993, Colonnade Arts, Clearwater, Florida
  • May – December 1992, Sable Palm Gallery, Gulfport, Florida
  • July 1992 – present, Novus (slides available), Atlanta, Georgia
  • March – April 1992 , Octagon Gallery, Clearwater, Florida
  • January 1986, Temple Beth-El Annual Show, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • July 1989 – August 1992, Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa, Florida
  • November 1991 – November 1992 , Grand Central Gallery , Tampa, Florida
  • August 1991 – November 1993, Little Acorn Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
  • November 1991, Harbor Island Private Art Exhibition, Tampa, Florida
  • March 1991, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa, Florida
  • December 1990, Dunedin Art Center, Winter Show, Dunedin, Florida
  • December 1990, St. Petersburg Junior College Faculty Show, Clearwater, Florida
  • August 1987 – December 1990, Florida’s Gallery at the Airport, Tampa, Florida
  • October 1989, TECO Plaza, Tampa, Florida
  • Fall 1988, Clayton Gallery (selected works available for purchase), Tampa, Florida
  • April 1988, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa, Florida
  • June 1987 – August 1988, Nuance Gallery, Tampa, Florida
  • September – October 1987, Tampa Museum West, Tampa, Florida
  • June – July 1987, Tampa Museum West, Tampa, Florida
  • October 1986 – June 1987, J. Lazzara Gallery , Tampa, Florida
  • November – December 1986, Tampa Museum West, Tampa, Florida
  • November 1986, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa, Florida
  • March 1986 – March 1987, Fouquet’s – A Fine Art Gallery , Mercado Center, Orlando, Florida
  • September 1985, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa, Florida
  • November 1984, St. Joseph’s Hospital , Tampa, Florida
  • January – December 1985 , S. Davis & Associates , San Francisco, California
  • 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, WEDU Auction, Tampa, Florida
  • January – August 1984, Benttree Gallery, Tampa, Florida
  • February – May 1984, J. Lazzara Gallery , Ybor City, Tampa, Florida
  • December 1984 – May 1986 , Windseye Gallery, Tampa, Florida
  • 1982 – 1983, Benttree Gallery, Tampa, Florida
  • 1983 – Present, Townhouse Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1983, J. Lazzara Gallery, Ybor City, Tampa, Florida
  • 1983, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa, Florida
  • 1981, The Artworks, Seneca Falls, New York
  • 1974 – 1981 , Eisenhower College Gallery, Seneca Falls, New York
  • 1978 – 1979, The Lower Mill Gallery, Honeoye Falls, New York
  • 1974, Clothesline Art Show, Rochester, New York
  • 1973, The East-West Shop, Victor, New York
  • 1973 – 1977, The Whimsey, Aurora, New York
  • 1971 – 1974, Everson Museum Sales and Lending Gallery , Syracuse, New York
  • 1970 , Fresno Arts Center, Fresno, California
  • Summer 1969 , Maine Arts & Crafts Gallery, Kennebunk, Maine
  • 1969, Artists of the Golden Chain, Oakhurst, California
  • 1969, Citrus College, Azusa-Glendora, California
  • 1969, California State University, Long Beach, California
  • 1967 , Lucille Fickett Interiors, Westwood/Los Angeles, California
  • Spring 1966, Akron Art Institute, Akron, Ohio
  • 1966, Etcetera, Kent, Ohio
  • Participant in MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) outdoor project “Illustrating History: Using art to interpret historical connections” in the Historic Tree Grove at MOSI, Tampa, FL, Fall 2013- Fall 2018
  • Third Place award– juried show Poetic Visions, Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL, September 2013
  • Honorable Mention– juried show Illustration and Drawing, Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL, June 2013
  • Participant in the National Weather Center Inaugural Biennale Exhibit, Norman, OK, April- June 2013 (Catalogue will be available)
  • First Place award- juried show Inspiration 2013,Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL, January 2013
  • Featured Local ArtistTampa Museum of Art, Art after Dark event, July 19, 2012 (Chair Series)
  • Best Acrylic Painting Awardjuried Bay Area Art Show (TRA) Tampa, FL May 2012
  • First Place award – juried show Contemporary Voyage into the Abstract, Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL,  January-March 2011
  • Participant in national juried Earth Visions Exhibit, MOSI, Tampa, FL May 2010
  • Best Acrylic Painting Award– juried Bay Area Art Show (TRA) Tampa, FL  Feb.-March 2010
  • Selected participant in Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts- online auction for the Arts Awards Gala 2009
  • First Place award– juried Annual Visual Arts Alliance (Hillsborough County) Show, Sept.- Oct. 2009
  • Honorable Mention– First Annual juried Spring Membership Show (North Tampa Art League) May- June 2009
  • Selected participant VIP Celebration Painting Party 2009 Mayor of Tampa, FL Beautification Project
  • Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL, 2008 painting selected for inaugural fund-raising projects
  • Tampa Westshore Alliance, painting selected for banner expose contest  2008
  • Berlin Wall group exhibition, Tampa, FL  2008-2009
  • Wonders of Flight group exhibition at Tampa Internat’l Airport   March-October 2006
  • Fantastic Florida group exhibition at Tampa Internat’t Airport   June 2005- March 2006
  • Participant in  Manatee Menagerie, Tampa Bay area  2005-2006
  • Participant in Butterflies of  Hope 2005-2006 (related paintings auctioned at Florida Holocaust Museum benefit 2006 & 2007)
  • Painting selected for the Chiselers, Inc. (historic preservation book), Tampa, FL  2005
  • Participant in Swansation benefit, Lakeland, FL (3rd highest bid for artist’s swan) 2004
  • Chairs for Chairity auction, Tampa, FL  2004
  • Cover artwork, Lawyer magazine,  Hillsborough County, FL Bar Association 2003
  • Painting selected for Southern Living magazine “Idea  House” August 2001 issue
  • First American to have solo exhibition at La Sorbonne (University of Paris) 1998
  • Artist in Residence, Stone Academy, Arts Magnet School, Greenville, SC 1997
  • National Public Radio affiliate WUSF, feature story, Tampa, FL  1996
  • U.S. Navy League commissioned painting of new ship USS Typhoon  1994
  • First Annual Art Commission, Gasparilla Pirate Festival, Tampa, FL  1993
  • Poster for Hyde Park Art Festival in historic Plant Park, Tampa, FL  1991
  • Fulbright Study Grant, Egypt (select faculty from Eisenhower College/RIT)  1978