Barton Art Galleries Will Host Works by Wilson’s Peter Holloway Burgess from September 17-October 16

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An opening reception with the artist will be held in the Barton Art Galleries on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

WILSON, N.C. Peter Holloway Burgess has earned two doctoral degrees and created more than 110 paintings. Quite an extraordinary résumé, made even more so by the fact that Dr. Burgess accomplished all of this after the age of 70!

A collection of Burgess’ works will be on display at the Barton Art Galleries beginning Thursday, Sept. 17, and running through Friday, Oct. 16. An opening reception with the artist will be held in the galleries on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. These events are open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.

Although he now calls Raleigh home, Burgess was born in the rural Camden County community of Old Trap on August 31, 1928. He graduated in 1946 from Charles L. Coon High School in Wilson, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1946 to 1948. Burgess earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Bob Jones University in 1952. After graduation, he married the director of the university’s art department, Eunice Moore Burgess. The couple has three daughters, five grandchildren, and two great grandsons.

Burgess earned two doctoral degrees from Trinity College and Seminary after the age of 70. At the age of 83, he took up painting, and is self-taught. In a style reminiscent of the Grandma Moses tradition, he employs several mediums, including oils, acrylics, and charcoals, to paint beautifully naïve portraits, landscapes, and seascapes; aspects of his life that inspire him. Burgess’ works are noted for their use of special color effects, and they often provide a subtle story as well.

The Barton Art Galleries, located inside Case Art Building on the campus of Barton College, are open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For additional information, please contact (252) 399-6477 or


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