Peter Hocking is a progressive educator, interdisciplinary artist, program administrator and activist working in Providence, RI and Provincetown, MA. His studio practice is primarily concerned with personal narrative and the construction of identity within the context of contemporary social and political life. His current projects include a book on adoption and grief and paintings that explore the intersections of social ecology and the non-human world. In his community-based work, he helped to found several community-based agencies and initiatives, including New Urban Arts, Community MusicWorks, Project Eye-to-Eye, and Equity Action. In addition, he has served on many boards of directors, including Southside Community Land Trust, AIDS Project Rhode Island and The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. At New Urban Arts he was an artist mentor fellow from 2007–09.
In addition to teaching at RISD, Hocking is a full-time faculty member in Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program, and during the 2012–13 academic year served as its interim coordinator. In the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program he supervises self-directed work of graduate students and facilitates group studies, including seminars on writing, developing professional practice, social change, curating and visual culture,and performance creation. From 2007–11 he served as interim director of RISD’s Office of Public Engagement. From 1988–2005, he was on the staff of the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University, where he served as director for 14 years. As the Swearer Center’s director and as an associate dean of the College, he worked to develop university-community partnerships, innovative leadership pedagogy, undergraduate research opportunities and social entrepreneur projects, and to integrate community-based learning with academic study.
- Peter Hocking
- History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
- BFA, Rhode Island School of Design