To Baghdad and Back – June 2005


flag-circlePeter Buotte presents “To Baghdad and Back”

at Hallowell’s Harlow Gallery June 3 – June 26, 2005

Hallowell, ME — Maine artist Peter Buotte, will present a solo exhibition entitled “To Baghdad and Back”. Buotte recently served in Najaf, Fallujah, and Baghdad on a yearlong humanitarian effort with the 411 Civil Affairs Battalion from Danbury, CT.  This exhibition is a reflection of that time in Iraq and will feature works on vellum and paper, and three-dimensional works made of wood and nylon.  Source images will also be on display, along with a collection of unclassified military maps, charts, Iraqi artifacts, and souvenirs that inform his practice.

The lead image for Buotte’s body of work is American Paranoia, which converts a flag into a target.  Buotte explains, “It is a status report. Depending on the viewer’s experience, some may see America as a target, and others may feel America as a target.”

“To Baghdad and Back” will open on Friday, June 3rd from 5:00 to 8:00pm, and will continue through June 26.  Buotte will be present at the reception, and will give a gallery talk on Monday June 13th at 7:00 p.m.


The artist requests that gallery visitors bring school supplies to the gallery to be donated to schools in Iraq. While working at the Iraqi Ministry of Education, Peter Buotte helped to fix the first 1,500 Iraqi schools nationwide, now nearly 3,000 schools are complete. But a chronic shortage of school supplies continues to be problem.  Buotte invites you to help, by helping him to create a work of art:  “As a collaborative sculpture, I invite people to bring in school supplies for Iraqi children. Starting reception night and through the entire exhibit, it will be ongoing.”  Peter recommends pencils, ink pens, and spiral notebooks. At the end of the show, he will send all the supplies collected to Iraq. As an alternative, please visit for more ways to help.

Peter Buotte, is a recognized artist throughout New England, New York, and Europe with expositions ranging from one person shows in Paris to shows in Newport RI. He holds a MFA in Arts and Education from the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME and a BFA in Fine Arts and Education from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Buotte also spent a year on a Rotary scholarship studying at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris, France in 2000. He has been a visiting artist at the University of Maine in Augusta and has held lectures in Maine and Switzerland. Nevertheless, he finds time to serve his country. Peter is Major in the Army and has been a member of the Army Reserves for seven years.