University Art Gallery Opens With "25 Years, 25 Artists: The Painting Students of Mark Perlman"

familydinnerweb.jpgThe University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University is pleased to announce the exhibition "25 Years, 25 Artists: The Painting Students of Mark Perlman," which opens with a reception for the artists from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 and remains on view through Sunday, Oct. 13.

The exhibition, which is being presented in conjunction with Mark Perlman's forthcoming retirement after 25 years on SSU's Art Department faculty, honors Perlman's achievements as a teacher and mentor through the work of 25 of his most skillful, original, and committed students.

Spanning virtually all 25 of his years at SSU--beginning in 1988--the former students in the exhibition, according to Perlman, "are 25 different artists who developed a body of work and believed in their own capabilities at the time to find themselves a part of our short history together.They come from very different backgrounds and experiences and showed a true sincerity in the intent of their paintings."

The participating artists include Annie Berryman, Ryan Butler, Danielle Caldwell, Cathy Ellis, Nick Gagliardi, Natalie Garoian, Jen Garrido, Alisa Gierloff, Amy Hoeck, Mike Koftinow, Machiko Kondo, Andrew Merriss, Mozhgan Mostafavi, Matt Mullins, Josh Nemec, Heather Patterson, James Phegan, Susan Preston, Frank Ryan, Mary Sanders, Halle Siepman, Sheila Ticen, Alma J. Valverde C., Geirrod VanDyke, and Annie Watson.

Mark Perlman's own work is shown nationally and internationally in Russia, China, Mexico and is represented in hundreds of collections throughout the US and abroad. A solo retrospective exhibit is planned in November.

University Art Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m; weekends, noon-4 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays.

For more information, please call (707) 664-2295 or e-mail Carla Stone at

High resolution digital photos of the students' work is available upon request.

ABOVE, Family Dinner, 2003, by James Phegan. Oil on canvas. 48 x 56"

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