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Peter John Kaniaris

Professor of Art
Academic Background
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cleveland Institute of Art, Painting and Drawing
Master of Fine Arts, University of Houston, Painting
Phone Number:
(864) 231-2154
Peter John Kaniaris

The thing Peter enjoys most about AU “is the camaraderie and fellowship of people with a shared purpose.”  Peter is also the Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence.

What classes do you teach at Anderson

Painting 1, Painting 2, Painting 3, Advanced Painting

What year did you start teaching at AU


Why teach at AU?

For me, “higher education” means not only to aspire to the next level of training, it also means to aspire for what is greater than ourselves. Could there be a better way to do so than to integrate faith and learning? And could there be a better place to do so than in a community of like-minded artists, scholars, and students? It is here, through God’s grace and love, where education becomes truly possible.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

In my own art education, the best classes became instruments of learning, community, growth, vision, and even grace. I hope that my teaching will have that same impact on my students.


Peter Kaniaris, Andante. Oil on panel. Museum of Fine Art (Houston, Texas).

Peter Kaniaris, Study for Fire-Chair. Mixed media. South Carolina State Museum.

Peter Kaniaris, Wall and Light. Watercolor. Detroit Institute of Art.

Peter Kaniaris, Metanoia. Oil on panel. Greenville County (S.C.) Museum of Art.

Peter Kaniaris, Fire-Chair. Oil on panel. Butler Institute of American Art.