In 1992, Teri Peaden began her career in the world of art as a jewelry designer and goldsmith, and by doing outdoor art fairs. Eighteen years later, after winning numerous awards in art festivals throughout the state, she decided it was time to begin making pivotal changes in the direction of her career. Her first foray as an artist and businesswoman was to open a “very successful” (her words) retail art studio in DeLand, Florida’s, downtown historic district. Since then, she has made a highly respected name for herself as retail/studio owner and, more recently, as museum manager. True to her philosophy of giving back to the community, she served on the City of DeLand Historic Preservation Board for six years, overseeing the color and architectural guidelines of DeLand’s historic district. She is also credited with establishing that city’s monthly 4th Friday event that showcases local artists and art venues. Additionally, she has now served more than eight years on the board of the highly rated DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts, including one year as President.
In 2013, Ms. Peaden was asked to join the staff of the newly reorganized Museum of Art, DeLand, and to manage the development and continuing operations of the museum’s expansion to a second location in downtown DeLand’s historic district, where she remains. Through the years, as both studio/store owner and museum manager, her level of expertise and confidence in all disciplines of art has been exponentially expanded. Ever gracious, supportive, and enthusiastic about everything art, she continues to serve the Central Florida community and beyond. Ms. Peaden’s hobbies include adding to her extensive art collection, traveling, and gardening. She, her husband, and four cats reside in one of downtown DeLand’s historic bungalows, only blocks away from the Museum’s downtown location.