Peter Deacon is a well-known Canadian artist and is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. His work is represented in dozens of major public and corporate collections and numerous private collections. Peter has served as a faculty member at the University of Calgary in the Department of Art since 1975. The recipient of many honors, including the prestigious Prix De Rome, he was also, in 2004, a recipient of the Alan Blizzard Award, presented in Ottawa for cross-disciplinary innovations in higher education. This is the first time a faculty member from the University of Calgary has received this award. Born on the Isle of Wight, England, Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Portsmouth College of Art, then attended the University of Wales where he received a Masters of Education. Later, Peter earned his Masters of Fine Arts Degree at the Slade School of Art, University of London. He was the recipient of a Prix de Rome award enabling him to live in Rome for two years from 1970 -1972 and he was Artist in Residence at the University of Nottingham in England from 1973- 1975.