Former Jacket holds gallery showing

In an entirely different venue, Michael Peterson is feeling the same butterflies that he did prior to playing a big game for Georgia Tech.

“It’s definitely the same,” said the former Yellow Jackets cornerback Thursday night. “It actually may be a little bit more nerve-wracking because it’s just me and there’s no team.”

Peterson’s solo act has nothing to do with football or sports. Saturday night at a gallery in the Castleberry Hill district directly southwest of downtown Atlanta, Peterson will have his first individual showing of his artwork.

“I’m nervous because no one’s seen the new work, because it’s my first show,” he said. “It’s been a fun ride.”

My colleague Doug Roberson wrote a story about Peterson’s painting a few years back, as did my good friend and former AJC staffer Michelle Hiskey for the NCAA’s website. Back then, he stuck to portraiture. He has evolved as a painter to a style that he calls “a little less literal and a little more abstract. Not necessarily in thought, but in composition.”

Thursday, he was racing to complete eight different pieces in a studio space he shares with homeless artists (read the stories).

“They’re all right there at 95 percent,” he said. “I’m trying to take it home with the last five.”

The showing will be at the James K. Holder Studio and Gallery from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. It’s open to the public. Peterson said he met Holder, a Tech grad, through a mutual friend, and Holder invited him to use the space for a show.

After graduating with his management degree in 2011, Peterson was able to take classes at SCAD-Atlanta while playing his final season last fall (not an NCAA violation). He’s continuing classes at SCAD, still under scholarship at Tech, and plans to apply to get into SCAD’s MFA program with hopes of enrolling this fall. He isn’t sure where that might lead him, but he thinks he might want to be a professor.

Peterson’s playing career didn’t unfold in the way he might have wanted, starting two games in his college career, but he has made peace with it.

“I can look back and say, ‘What if?’ but I don’t think that’s the angle I want to take,” he said.

He prefers to remember the camaraderie and friendship he shared with teammates.

“That lasts longer than the four seasons that you played,” he said.

Peterson expected teammates and coaches to attend Friday’s exhibition. He said coach Paul Johnson, secondary coach Charles Kelly, A-backs coach Lamar Owens and staff assistant J.R. Dorman are among those who have supported his endeavor. He remembers telling Johnson after a post-spring practice meeting about his painting, and Johnson told him that there was money to be made in the field, noting he had a few expensive paintings in his home. When Johnson invited players over to his house for a cookout, he showed the artwork to Peterson.

“I took some mental notes,” he said. “I was like, Oh, these are $5,000? I know I can do this.”

It’s coincidental and appropriate timing that on the same weekend that some of his former teammates are hoping to advance their football careers, Peterson is taking a step of his own.

“It’s kind of a great opportunity for all of us,” Peterson said. “We’ve worked hard for the last four or five years maybe to see some payoff in the direction we wanted to go.”

Michael Peterson at work in his studio. He says he has created "superhuman" characters in his paintings and depicts their struggle.

Michael Peterson at work in his studio. He says he has created "superhuman" characters in his paintings and depicts their struggle.

The James K. Holder Studio and Gallery is located on 291 Peters Street, Atlanta, 30313.

48 comments Add your comment

FL Jacket

April 27th, 2012
8:48 am

This is great for Michael…

Ken, are you going?

juvenal

April 27th, 2012
8:52 am

do they match all the sports stuff i have up now?

WnE

April 27th, 2012
9:09 am

Coach Kung Fu Panda does it AGAIN. $5000 dollars for a PAINTING?

SEC painters like PICASSO currently fetch $40 MILLION on the open MARKET.

We will NEVER get the Renoirs and the Matisses of the world with COACH FISH FRY’S offense. Up and coming impressionists demand a PRO SET.

Keep drinking the KOOL AID.

Ted DiBiase

April 27th, 2012
9:10 am

Hopefully he doesn’t turn out to be a starving artist. Seriously, very cool.

I hope it turns out well for Michael.

GO JACKETS

Ted DiBiase

April 27th, 2012
9:11 am

WnE is FINALLY making some SENSE.

Ken Sugiura

April 27th, 2012
9:12 am

FL Jacket – I wish I could, but I have a previous engagement.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2012
9:59 am

Ken, is there any link that would have some of his work in it?

steverino

April 27th, 2012
10:32 am

That’s NOT how you show a player, (or recruit) that you CARE, CPJ! You have to have an “aw shucks” word of prayer meetin’ with their mama, sing happy birthday and then hug their neck before you leave! Get it right!

dry dirt road

April 27th, 2012
10:55 am

A pro set I formation might work, but it had problems with Gailey and Reggie Ball. It worked ok with Donnie Davis and O’leary. The shotgun is what’s needed at Tech, and that means passing it and not running it then. Tech’s receivers were this position in hs so they have expertise at this position and CAN catch. Teams who pass out of the shotgun gamble all the time. A coach I had once said whenever the ball is passed, it’s a risky play since it is let go between the passer and the receiver. Risk is gambling. Those teams that pass out of the shotgun usually make it. Just recall the shotgun clinic NC State put on at BD two years ago.

dry dirt road

April 27th, 2012
11:09 am

CPJ doesn’t know too much about art as demonstrated by his first year unis going from the white background and old gold stripes w/gold helmets to no old the next year, the vegas gold side stripes, then the next year real wide vegas gold side pants stripes, then black pants stripes on white pants, going the entire rainbow spectrum from all white to black, with powder puff pink one year, the candy stripe pink socks, with their message stated enough on the field in actual pink powder with the pink ribbons. Tech’s unis the first year under him should be returned to and not changed for awhile. Their mustard yellow stripes looked old gold enough.

dry dirt road

April 27th, 2012
11:12 am

Candy stripers don’t wear pink striped dresses anymore, but they did back in the 70’s. They were young females learning at hospitals. There aren’t any candy stripers anymore.

JM

April 27th, 2012
11:18 am

Congratulations Michael. Hope your show does well.

Burdell

April 27th, 2012
11:20 am

I missed old ormewood (dry dirt road) and his off topic ramblings…nothing about uniform colors this time?

Burdell

April 27th, 2012
11:20 am

oops…spoke too soon!

We're immune...

April 27th, 2012
11:24 am

… from bashing by the AJC. One of GTs starters goes in a frat house, and beats up 2 Tech frat boys.
No mention in the AJC, no suspending of player, no games to be missed, extra running. WHAT A JOKE.

Way to work AJC

We're immune...

April 27th, 2012
11:27 am

A UGA player and pot gets headlines, A Tech player and assault nothing. WHAT A JOKE.

Way to work yor bias AJC.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2012
11:27 am

@ We’re immune… Maybe you should learn how to read or how to use your computer. It was reported on this site 2 days ago. NEXT !!!

Jacket Man

April 27th, 2012
11:37 am

Once again, please ignore the troll with the stripe down his back and calls himself by numerous names, including “WnE”. A great story about a Tech student athlete who is still getting support after-the-fact by the Tech Coaching staff and former players is something you rarely hear about from any other team in the country. This just goes to show every recruit that when Paul Johnson says he cares about his players beyond the playing field, not only does he talk the talk, he walks the walk.

We're immune...

April 27th, 2012
11:39 am

WHAT a joke, yet nothing else about it. Where as UGA and pot gets a weeks worth or more of coverage.
Way to work AJC
Hey supersize, go put the supersized one, back in you back end.

FL Jacket

April 27th, 2012
11:47 am

We’re immune…

Google search Zach Piller and learn about the wonderful relationship between GT Fraternities and GT Football players…

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2012
11:49 am

ahhhh….resorting to name-calling and sexual innuendo. so typical of the little minds who call themselves UGA fans. What else is there to report about the incident? Apparently no charges were filed. If you want to keep UGA athletes off the front page, then tell them to shape up and stay out of trouble. Don’t blame the AJC for reporting all the crap that goes on in Athens, not to mention in cars on the streets of Atlanta (red pan tees, ring a bell?).

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2012
11:53 am

@ FLJ….I don’t see any reference to Piller ant Tech fraternities. What am I missing?

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2012
11:54 am

AND Tech fraternities, that is

GT Girl

April 27th, 2012
12:15 pm

Very proud of Michael Peterson and his artistic ability! What a winning combination of GT and SCAD for this artist. Wish I could be there to see your exhibit, I know it will be great!

BLT

April 27th, 2012
12:29 pm

Hey “We’re immune…”, you can troll here if you like. Just be sure to get back under the bridge when the sun goes down.

Also, Bill King and Chip Towers cover UGA and both are dogs. If they leave the comment section open then blame them not the AJC.

FL Jacket

April 27th, 2012
12:42 pm

“@ FLJ….I don’t see any reference to Piller ant Tech fraternities. What am I missing?”

SS…oh nothing

Only the fact that Zach Piller transferred from GT to UF in 1995 because 5 Pikes shoved him through the front window of the Have a Nice Day Cafe…

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1996-11-08/sports/9611080090_1_zach-piller-georgia-tech-bar

Tokyo jacket

April 27th, 2012
1:03 pm

@WnE, hillarious!
@DirtRoad, three things can happen when you throw the ball, only one of them is good.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2012
1:16 pm

@ FLJ……Thanks. I didn’t find that when I Googled.

WOW!!! I had not heard (or just didn’t remember) about that incident. I have a nephew by marriage who was a Pike at Tech before he either flunked out or dropped out. Fortunately, he turned his life around, and is even a deacon at my church now. But he has talked about some of the wild things that went on at the Pike house. They had some kind of scaffolding set up in the yard once for a party, and he (drunk at the time, obviously) fell from the top layer of it and bounced his way all the way down like a ball in an old pin-ball machine. He is lucky to be alive, and he knows it. Anyway, I hate that Piller’s teammates didn’t even support him after all that. That doesn’t paint a good picture at all of the state of things at Tech at that time. I’m glad he was able to recover and transfer and make good for himself.

Ken Sugiura

April 27th, 2012
1:25 pm

just posted a photo from his studio.

FL Jacket

April 27th, 2012
1:25 pm

SS…I am not anti-Greek by any means, but they are not the most trustworthy bunch. Case in point, an SAE pledge in the early 1990s was “dropped off” in New Orleans and he ended up robbed and killed. The Institute decided to kick the SAE’s off campus until Ivan Allen’s estate stepped in and threatened funding if they did.

So, what does a Tech football player...

April 27th, 2012
1:27 pm

…who is an artist, major in at Tech?

FL Jacket

April 27th, 2012
1:28 pm

Thanks Ken!

His compositions are not as abstract as I was expecting, there is a definite form he envisions…

FL Jacket

April 27th, 2012
1:30 pm

“…who is an artist, major in at Tech?”

Usually Architecture…but (as Jay Finch found out) 120-hour weeks in the studio are not compatible with a football schedule.

OK, Hiskey's article...

April 27th, 2012
1:31 pm

…written last December, says he graduated then (12/11) with a degree in “business” from Tech.. Is this possible as an undergrad?

My bad, he graduated last May...From Hiskey's article...

April 27th, 2012
1:34 pm

“Peterson will graduate Sunday with a business degree. With a year of football eligibility remaining, he’s striving for new levels athletically and artistically. He wants to make the Yellow Jackets’ starting lineup. Through cross-enrollment, he hopes to take art courses at other Atlanta colleges.

My bad, he graduated last May...Hiskey's article...

April 27th, 2012
1:35 pm

…was written May 6, 2011…

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2012
1:43 pm

If you Google his name, you can get to a link that has a photo of him holding a portrait he made of Joshua Nesbitt……pretty damn good one too. In fact, save yourself the time. Here is the link —

http://www.ajc.com/sports/georgia-tech/peterson-offers-the-portrait-786900.html

Brock

April 27th, 2012
3:20 pm

I suppose his paintings will be selected in the 4 or 5th rounds since his creative skills were not coached up by Kung Fu Panda

HighTech

April 27th, 2012
3:21 pm

I think he captured Nesbitt in that portrait, Supersize. Intensity and tenacity.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2012
5:06 pm

@ HT…….I agree. I was surprised how good it is.

Stephen Hill

April 27th, 2012
6:00 pm

Sorry Mike I got delayed up here in NYC.

And about that thing where I said I would buy at least 5 of your paintings, well, my cash-flo situation has changed somewhat, so I’m not going to be buying anything at all.

Always,

Your teammate
Stephen Hill

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April 28th, 2012
5:26 pm

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Good job

April 29th, 2012
9:12 am

Congratulations and best of luck.

BIrmingham Jacket

April 30th, 2012
7:29 pm

Gave up my Box Seats 2 seasons ago.

Nothing but spite for my Alma Mater who has embarrassed me 10/11 and counting.

Hell, UVA would have played them better.

Total losers.

NCDAWG

May 2nd, 2012
11:02 am

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Does it really matter

May 2nd, 2012
5:00 pm

About the frat fight – (1) the fraternity guys had zero to do with the fight – none of them break 150 in weight, i.e. they did not want to fight a 280lb tackle. (2) no Charges were filed because after Kidney started pummeling on guy, half the frat jumped him and threw him out of the house. Kidney was the one who got the worst end of the deal by far too. (3) Kidney was heavily punished internally and has significant community service required to stay in good standing with he team.

Does it really matter

May 2nd, 2012
5:03 pm

Wow, just noticed all the fake “GT fans” posting on this article. There are an impressive number of pathetic UGA grads who apparently have nothing better to do. lol.