Peter Grippe (1912-2002) was born in Buffalo, NY. He studied at the Albright-Knox Art School and the Art Institute of Buffalo. A member of the American Abstract Artists group, in the early 1940s he studied with Stanley William Hayter at the New York intaglio printmaking workshop, Atelier 17; he later served as director. In the summer of 1948 he taught sculpture at Black Mountain College and later taught at the Pratt Institute and Smith College. He was the first professor of sculpture and graphics at Brandeis University. In 2010 the Allentown Art Museum showed Peter Grippe, A Personal Vocabulary. His work is in permanent collections throughout the country.