25 Years, 25 Artists: The Painting Students of Mark Perlman
September 5 – October 13, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 5, 4-6 pm, FREE
The exhibition, which is being presented in conjunction with Mark Perlman’s forthcoming retirement after 25 years on SSU’s Art Department faculty, honors Professor Perlman’s achievements as a teacher and mentor through the work of 25 of his most skillful, original, and committed students. Spanning virtually all 25 of his years at SSU—beginning in 1988—the former students in the exhibition, according to Perlman, “are 25 different artists who developed a body of work and believed in their own capabilities at the time to find themselves a part of our short history together. They come from very different backgrounds and experiences and showed a true sincerity in the intent of their paintings.”
The participating artists include Annie Berryman, Ryan Butler, Danielle Caldwell, Cathy Ellis, Nick Gagliardi, Natalie Garoian, Jen Garrido, Alisa Gierloff, Amy Hoeck, Mike Koftinow, Machiko Kondo, Andrew Merriss, Mozhgan Mostafavi, Matt Mullins, Josh Nemec, Heather Patterson, James Phegan, Susan Preston, Frank Ryan, Mary Sanders, Halle Siepman, Sheila Ticen, Alma J. Valverde C., Geirrod Van Dyke, and Annie Watson.
Mark Perlman received his MFA in Painting from West Virginia University in 1978 and came to Sonoma State University in the fall of 1988 after prior teaching positions at the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Maryland. In addition to Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Painting, Perlman has taught a variety of other courses including Drawing, Life Drawing, and Theory and Practice.