Professor of Visual Arts
M.F.A., University of Arkansas
B.A., Hendrix College
Charles Peer is an Arkansas native. He attended Hendrix College and received his B.A. degree in Art in 1975. After working as an illustrator in an advertising department he went on to start his Master's degree at the University of Denver. He then completed his M.F.A. at the University of Arkansas in 1979. While in graduate school he focused his attention on painting and printmaking (lithography). During the next 10 years he ran a private gallery and studio and taught as an adjunct art instructor at, what was then Westark Community College, now University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. Peer started his career at JBU in 1987. In 1990 Peer and Dave Andrus began the current Visual Arts Department. It began with six student and three classrooms on the third floor of the Cathedral building. The department has grown to the largest department on campus with two beautifully renovated art buildings - Windgate Visual Arts East and West. Peer now teaches Color Theory, Art History courses and occasionally a drawing class. He is also director of the Art Department gallery and periodically leads one of the study abroad European Art Tours.
Outside of the classroom, Charles Peer continues to work as a practicing fine artist concentrating in the media of soft pastels. While his subject matter is the landscape his primary interest is in exploring the expressive use of color and color interaction. Peer's paintings have garnered numerous recognitions in competitions around the nation. He also leads workshops, and serves as a guest artist, lecturer, demonstrator, and competition juror around the region.
He and his wife, Cecilia, have been married since 1984 and have one daughter and two of the cutest and smartest grandchildren you have ever seen.