spent the last half of his sculpting career in Iowa, from 1933 through
1955, and was consequently viewed as a Midwestern, regionalist artist.
After his familys emigration from Denmark when he was nine
years old, Christian Petersen was raised on the East Coast where
he was artistically trained at the Newark Technical School and the
Fawcett School of Design in New Jersey, and later studied at the
Rhode Island School of Design and the Art Students League of New
1920, he took an apprenticeship with the Boston sculptor Henry Hudson
Kitson. Christian Petersen then maintained an active design and fine
arts studio for more than a decade in Attleboro, Massachusetts, which
was a short train ride from Providence, Rhode Island a center
of jewelry design and production. This publication examines Christian
Petersens early career and illustrates his evolution from craft
designer to fine art sculptor and how that development ultimately
lead him to the Midwest and Iowa State College.