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The Art Department will host a talk by conceptual artist Rachel Perry ’84 on April 13 at 4:15 p.m. in the Joanne Toor Cummings Gallery in Cummings Arts Center. The lecture coincides with the opening reception of the 2016 exhibition for senior art minors and junior art majors.
Perry was recently the Cathrine Boettcher Fellow at the MacDowell Colony and is a recipient of a Yaddo Fellowship and a two-time winner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for excellence in drawing and sculpture. Brought to campus through the College’s Weissman Visiting Artist Program, which brings outstanding artists to Connecticut College, Perry will offer critiques to the art students before her talk.
Perry was the Artist-in-Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in October 2014. Her temporary site-specific work for the museum’s facade –“What Do You Really Want?”– is on display through June 2016, a work that “reflects on life, culture, and consumption in the 21st century,” according to the Museum’s website.
Pamela Marks, associate professor of art, says of Perry: “The diversity of her art resonates with students. She uses drawing, sculpture, video, collage, photography, installation and social media. Although I have never met Rachel, I have been sharing her astute, humorous works from the “Lost in My Life” series with my Color Studies students for years.”
Perry is a 1984 graduate of Connecticut College and has a diploma and fifth-year certificate from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Recently Perry has participated in group shows at the Kunstmuseum Bonn (Germany), The Drawing Center (New York), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne, Australia), and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Solo shows include “Lost in My Life” at Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York; “Same Difference” at Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston; and her first solo museum show, “Rachel Perry Welty: 24/7” at DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Mass., which then traveled to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2012.
Her work is held in numerous museum and private collections, and has been published and reviewed in many national, as well as online, publications, among them Art in America, The New York, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Art on Paper, Harvard Business Review and Sculpture Magazine. Her 4-page pictorial essay was published in December 2011 Vogue magazine.