ATLANTA—The College of the Arts at Georgia State University is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Joseph Peragine as the new director of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, effective July 1, 2018.
“We are excited to have Professor Peragine serve in this leadership role and look forward to working with him as the Welch School of Art & Design continues to make important contributions to the success of the college and university,” said Wade Weast, dean of the College of the Arts.
Professor Peragine has served in various academic roles during his time at Georgia State University, including director of graduate studies, director of undergraduate studies and foundations coordinator in the Welch School of Art & Design. He has been on the faculty at Georgia State since 1996, first serving as a visiting instructor and subsequently advancing through the ranks to his current position of professor in drawing, painting, and printmaking. Professor Peragine holds an M.F.A. in drawing and painting from Georgia State University and a B.F.A. from the University of Georgia.
“I am thrilled and honored to take on the position of director of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design,” said Peragine. “I have big shoes to fill. I have had the pleasure of working for five previous directors, Larry Walker, John McWilliams, Ralph Gilbert, Cheryl Goldsleger and of course, most recently, Michael White. Each has helped strengthen and advance the school in a myriad of ways and positioned the school to achieve national recognition. My goal is to continue this trajectory by responding to the needs of a new generation of young artists and scholars and make the school a model for twenty-first century art education.”
An active, practicing artist himself, Peragine’s paintings, sculptures and other works have been exhibited at Art in General in New York City, Palm Beach ICA, the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Tennessee, the Polk Museum of Art in Florida, the UA Museum of Art, the Zuckerman Museum of Art and at Kennesaw State University among others. His public art project, Brute Neighbors, for the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport earned him the 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 magazine. Peragine was recently honored with an invitation 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.
Peragine’s new solo exhibition, After the Hunt, opened recently at Marcia Wood Gallery. According to the gallery, the show explores “the socio-political aspects of hunting and privilege with a body of work that draws inspiration from Flemish Still Life Paintings, Early Renaissance Painting and Medieval Tapestries.”