Campus Advisory

April 7, 2014

For immediate release:
Lydia Viscardi

Award-Winning Painter Michael Perry To Speak At HCC 4/22

Bridgeport, CT...The Art Department of Housatonic Community College in collaboration with the Housatonic Museum of Art continues its artist lecture series with painter, Michael Peery who will speak in Room #514, the Event Center of Beacon Hall, 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5 – 7 pm, free and open to the public. Peery will talk about his artistic career while showing images of his work. The talk includes a demonstration for the audience to see Peery’s creative process first hand. Visit www.housatonic.edu for further information or call (203) 332-5116.

Michael Peery received a BFA degree from Utah State University in 1992 and an MFA from The New York Academy of Art where he graduated Cum Laude in 2000. While at New York Academy of Art, Peery received multiple scholarships for excellence, The Gamblin Award for outstanding student and the first annual Forbes Award to participate in a painting residency in Northern France. Additional accolades include The James DuPaul Award for Best in Show at the North East Regional Exhibition in Woodstock, NY in 2006 and The Prince of Whales Foundation Award for Best in Show at the Summer Salon in NYC in 2008, which allowed Peery to go back to France to paint. In March 2010, American Artist magazine published an article about his process and his paintings. In 2013, Peery was awarded "Teacher of Excellence" for his work in the Continuing Education Department at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Exhibitions venues include The Dahesh Museum, The Arnot Museum and The Fort Wayne Museum and many public and private collections including Jean-Louis Dumas-Hermes, The Prince of Whales Foundation, The Forbes Foundation and the Monte Cristo Cottage of The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, the setting for O'Neill's masterpiece, Long Days Journey Into Night. Peery currently works and resides in New London, Connecticut.

Exhibition and programs of the Housatonic Museum of Art are funded in part by the Werth Family Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Target, Housatonic Community College Foundation, and other individual donors. If you are interested in supporting HMA exhibitions and programs by donating to the Housatonic Community College Foundation, and for daily gallery hours visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org or call 203-332-5052.