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Peter Cochrane is an artist and an author exploring queer politics, autobiographical and ancestral trauma and recovery, and the fabrication of histories through self-portraiture, abstraction, floral arrangements, and installation. If heritage is given to each person and manufactured for each thing, the intersection of the two is where he creates new stories through radical empathy and soft interconnectivity. The intersection of cosmic time and the human scale helps him to navigate the direction of his voice.

His work has appeared in BOMB, Headmaster, The San Francisco Chronicle, make/shift, SFAQ/NYAQ/AQ, Artslant, the de Young Museum, the Vermont Center for Photography, the Tokyo International Photo Awards, and others. He has created books that have traveled to the Vancouver Art/Book Fair, the Los Angeles Art Book Fair, the San Francisco Art Book Fair, and the Room&Book Fair at the ICA in London. He has held solo exhibitions in San Francisco, California and Richmond, Virginia. His work is in the permanent collections of [sentanyl] and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.

He is currently a lecturer in the Photography and Film department at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Interview: Numbers: Inc. Magazine, with Stephanie DeMer

Lecture: Society for Photographic Education: Double-sided


2019 The Wild Beasts, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2019 The Wild Beasts, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA

2018 Memento Vivere, Richmond, VA

2017 A Continuum, The Great Highway Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015 Osiris, Incline Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2019 Medusa, permanent installation, Andytown (downtown), San Francisco, CA

2019 The Shape of Things, University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland

2019 The Shape of Things, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA

2019 Minotaur, [Sentanyl], Walnut Creek, CA

2019 Beware of Dog, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA

2018 Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA), Tokyo, Japan

2018 From Blood to Lust, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT

2018 I Would Prefer Not To, FAB GAllery, Richmond, VA

2017 SAD, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA

2015 The Exposure Award, Louvre Museum, Paris, France

2013 The Unknown, 1314, San Francisco, CA

2012 The Male Gaze, Cesar Chavez Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012 Maritime Art Collective, SUB-Mission, San Francisco, CA

2012 About the Twenty-Somethings, “Matter!” de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

2012 Headmaster magazine, issue three, contributing artist

2012 About the Twenty-Somethings, “Scholarship Award Show,” SFSU, CA

2011 Neo-Mormonism, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

2011 Objectification, “Stillwell Exhibition,” SFSU Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011 “Please Show I.D.,” Martin Wong Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010 “Stillwell Exhibition,” SFSU Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2019 The Hopper Prize, Finalist

2019 The Snider Prize, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Honorable Mention

2019 Honors Society Inductee

2019 Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society Inductee

2018-2019 Full Scholarship - Graduate Teaching Assistantship | VCUArts

2018 Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA), Winner

2017-2018 Full Scholarship - Graduate Teaching Assistantship | VCUArts

2016 ArtSlant Showcase Winner

2015 The Exposure Award - Portraiture

2011 The Sher-Right Fund Scholarship, San Francisco State University

2011 Best Multi-Media Artist, “Stillwell Exhibition,” SFSU Fine Arts Gallery

2011 Best Photographer, “Stillwell Exhibition,” SFSU Fine Arts Gallery


2019 Commonwealth Times, “VCUArts Celebrates 90th Anniversary,” Walter Anyanwu, May

2019 SPELGBTQ Instagram takeover, January

2018 Hyperallergic, “Emerging Artists Define Their Path” / Memento Vivere, October

2018 Artslant, “Under the Radar: Peter Cochrane,” September

2017 SFist, "20 Questions with SFist: Artist Peter Cochrane," Eve Batey, January

2016 See Me, "Peter Cochrane," November 16

2016 Artslant, "Steve Kahn's Photo-constructions,” Steve Kahn, Casemore Kirkeby

2016 Artslant, "Looking at, and Through, Photography," Ivan Iannoli at Bass & Reiner

2015 Art Business, "Osiris at Incline Gallery," October

2015 The Exposure Award, July

2015 San Francisco Chronicle, published photograph, March

2015 SFAQ, “Carrie Mae Weems: Subject & Witness,” Gallery Paula Anglim, April

2015 “LUMEN,” Cinque Mostre: Time & Again, published by The American Academy in Rome

2014 SFAQ, “Interview: Takeshi Murata and Digital Art,” May

2014 SFAQ, “Regarding the Ethics of Abstraction,” March.

2014 Darin Klein’s Box of Books, Vol. VII, “on death and,” January

2013 “Nature/Knowledge: Catherine Wagner,” San Jose Public Library, May

2013 Bomb Magazine, “The End of San Francisco?” April

2013 Holloway Magazine (Founder and Director)

2012 make/shift, feminisms in motion magazine, contributing artist

2012 Headmaster magazine, issue three, contributing artist

2011 Roll Call, SF Camerawork


2019 VCUArts | Professor, Queer Imagery (self-constructed course)

2018 VCUArts | Professor, Studio Lighting

2018 Co-founder | Queer Arts Organization, VCUArts

2018 VCUArts | Guest Lecturer, Senior Thesis II

2018 Institute of Contemporary Arts, Richmond, VA | Panelist, Discussion with Cassils

2018 Institute of Contemporary Arts, Richmond, VA | Engagement Committee Member

2018 VCUArts | President, Graduate Artist Association

2018 Catherine Wagner Studio | Writer / Editor for monograph Place, History, and the Archive

2017-18 Catherine Wagner Studio | Writer / Editor

2017-2018 VCUArts| Graduate Teacher's Assistant

2017 TEDxSoMa, artist-in-residence installation, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA, June

2015-2017 Commercial Photographer / Freelance Floral Designer / Editor / Writer / Artist

2014-2016 SFAQ / NYAQ / AQ | Managing Editor, Print and Online

2012-2014 Catherine Wagner Studio | Studio Manager, Artistic Assistant, Author

2012-2014 Holloway Magazine | Founder, Editor, Communications Manager, Designer  

2011 Mills College Department of Art | Lecturer  

2011 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art | Exhibitions Archivist  

2010 SF Camerawork | Archivist


MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

BA Art / Art History, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA