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“Synesthesia”: The Music-Inspired Portraits and Mindscapes of Lennie Peterson 

The exhibition will be presented in the Great Hall from June 23-July 17.






Take a moment to listen to a conversation with Managing Director Molly Demeulenaere and artist and musician Lennie Peterson. 

The Music- Inspired Portraits and Mindscape of Lennie Peterson is a collection of art in many mediums. This exhibition will showcase Lennie’s ability to “see” music and translate the shapes, colors, and images of that music onto his canvas or paper. 

“I’ve always been fascinated with the visuals that come about for me as a result of listening to music,” Peterson says. “And the Cultural Center is the perfect showcase for that inspiration.” ​

Lennie Peterson has traveled the world several times dedicating his life to visual art, music, and arts education in a wide variety of capacities. 

His award-winning artwork and illustrations have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States and his art has been purchased throughout the world including Japan, Spain, Argentina, Wales, and, most recently, Kuwait.  


Peterson is also a former professor at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and currently a professional freelance musician performing over 300 dates a year, including trombonist with the World Music band, Entrain. 

He has toured extensively appearing with several renowned symphony orchestras in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls.  


The Cultural Center of Cape Cod exhibition is dedicated to Peterson’s father who recently passed away at the age of 93.  

“My father was a musician and my mother was an artist so this path I’ve chosen is obviously no accident,” Peterson says. “And my composer portraits especially combine the two worlds for me. They allow me to pay tribute to the musical genius who shape the world around us. My Dad, a lover of classical music, was fascinated with the idea of me making music visual.” 


“It’s only in the last ten years, through a fellow professor at Berklee, that I learned this was even considered a ‘condition’. 

Peterson says, “It’s only recently that I’ve started to reflect on the origins of my art related to my synesthesia.”  


Synesthesia is a phenomena dating back to Greek antiquity where it was commonly referred to as “Synesthesia In Art”. In 1812 a German physician, Sachs, was the first one to medically mention synesthesia in his thesis. Since then, other studies have been conducted in educational and medical areas, both having remarkable results.  


“I’m fortunate to have the outlets of both music and visual art to communicate this experience,” Peterson says.