Joseph Peragine joined the School of Art and Design faculty as the Foundation Coordinator in 1997. He received his M.F.A. in drawing and painting from Georgia State University in 1996 and his B.F.A. from the University of Georgia, Athens GA, in 1983. In his position as Undergraduate Director, Peragine oversees curriculum, scheduling and student affairs.
Peragine works in a wide range of media including painting, sculpture and animation. In 2002 his public art project entitled “Brute Neighbors” at Atlanta‘s Hartsfield International Airport was a winner of the Atlanta Urban Design Award of Excellence and was singled out as the “Best Social Commentary” in the 2001 “Best of Atlanta ” issue of Atlanta Magazine. “Brute Neighbors” is a series of sculptural red ants that extend across the ceiling and ductwork over the baggage carousels in North and South Terminal. The work invites passengers to consider the similarity between the choreographed chaos of an anthill and the human activity coursing through the airport. Other public art commissions include paintings for the Omni Hotel in St Louis and Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, FL., and a sculptural bollard commissioned by the Corporation for Olympic Development and created for Marietta Centennial Park. (Now permanently installed at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.)
In addition to his public commissions, Peragine is an active exhibiting artist. His solo exhibition “Small Deaths” at the Solomon Projects, Atlanta, GA was selected by Creative Loafing as one of the 10 best exhibitions in 2002. Other recent accomplishments include solo exhibitions “Bedtime Stories” at Solomon Projects in Atlanta and “Brute Neighbors” at Gallery @ Green Street” in Boston. Joe has also participated in a number of group exhibitions among them “Do It” at the Atlanta College of Art Gallery and “Boy Toys” at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, “Cute” at the University of Georgia Art Gallery in Athens, Georgia, and “Scale, Relatively Speaking” at Art In General in New York City. A recent honor was being invited to travel to Beijing, China to exhibit work and participate in the Art and Science International Exhibition and Symposium hosted by Tsing Hua University and the National Museum of Fine Art of China.