Joseph Peragine joined the School of Art and Design faculty as the Foundation Coordinator in 1997 and accepted the role of Director in 2018.
Peragine’s subject matter ranges from the animal kingdom to detective novels to tanks to wrestlers, and his media includes painting, drawing, sculpture, animation and site-specific installations. Through his varied subject matter, Peragine explores questions of strength and vulnerability, power and impotence. Since 2010 much of Peragine’s studio practice has revolved around an interest in the cultural and environmental aspects of natural history museum dioramas and taxidermy. In his previous exhibitions, Nature Porn 2010 and Love Me Till My Heart Stops 2015, he mined the great dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History in NYC for inspiration. He found the displays to be a paradox. Many of the dioramas were created 1920-40’s, when the animals and environments were already in peril, often from excessive hunting.
Joseph Peragine’s paintings, sculpture and animation have been presented in galleries, contemporary art spaces, and museums throughout the USA and internationally. The scope of Peragine’s multi-disciplinary practice includes exhibitions at Islip Museum of Art, West Islip, NY, Art in General in New York City, Palm Beach ICA, Florida, the Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida, the UA Museum of Art, Kress Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia. His public art piece for the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Atlanta was awarded an Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence for Public Art, as well as being noted one of the best public art projects in 2001 in Art in America. Peragine’s animation Patriotic Drawings for Children was recently screened as an official selection of the Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park New Jersey and his most recent solo exhibition was “After the Hunt” at Marcia Wood Gallery.
Peragine was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1961. He completed his undergraduate work in fine art at the University of Georgia, Athens, and in 1995 received his MFA in painting from Georgia State University, Atlanta, where he is currently Director of the School and a Professor in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking.