Francine Perlman


The near-tottering of these stacks, slopes, and vessels contribute to the animation of these paintings and drawings as much as the intense color. The objects seem to be on the verge of falling but are holding their own, much like life.

The vessels join my works built on themes of houses and rooms: something or someone is or belongs in there. The shapes, though, whether vessels or apparently solid objects, are all regular or close to regular geometric or symmetrical shapes, a way of countering the potential fall with order and stability.

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Francine Perlman

Solo Exhibitions:

2012“Where Lines Can Go”, Ceres, NYC
2007Abstract Works on Paper”, Society for the Advancement of Judaism, NYC
2005“Shelter: Installations by Francine Perlman”, The Fine Arts Gallery, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY
2002“House: ב׳ת”, City College, the Great Hall, NY
2000“Rooms”, construction, Ceres Gallery, NY
1999“Works on Paper”, Fox & Fowle, Architects, NY
“Soft Grids”, construction, Ceres Gallery, NY
1998“Open Shelter”, construction, Eldridge Street Synagogue, NY
1996“Constructions in Sylvia Blue and Other Colors”, Ceres Gallery, NY
1995“Small Works on Paper”, T. Schreiber Theater Gallery, NY
1994“Elements of the Natural World”, Invitational installation, Ceres Gallery, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2011Hammond Museum, North Salem NY
Ceres Gallery, NYC
2010CCNY Women Make Art
2005CCNY Alumni Biennial, City College, NY
2004Bonn Biennale, “Live From New York” and “Globalia”, FrauenMuseum, Bonn, Germany
2003Aaron Davis Hall, Alumni Exhibition, City College, NY
2002Dialogues”, Ceres Gallery, New York City
1999Saltonstall Foundation, Ithaca, NY;
Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY;
Kingsborough Community College, New York City
1998Kunstlerforum, Bonn, Germany;
National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC
1997Ceres Gallery, New York City;
A.I.R. Invitational, New York City
1996Albright-Knox Museum, Members’ Gallery, Buffalo, NY;
Eastern Regional WCA Exhibition, Cambridge, MA
1995State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY;
Ceres Gallery, NYC
1992“Women: Diversity & Vision”, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY
1989-1992“Divine Line”, traveling exhibit, Arizona Council of the Arts
1988Boston Women Artists: WCA Invitational, A.I.R. Gallery, NYC
1987Seven Artists from the Distillery”, Boston City Hall
1985Seven Sisters Gallery, Black Mountain, NC

Awards and Commissions:

2004Cork Gallery, City College Art Alumni Exhibition, Honorable Mention
2002Alumni Association of City College, Thesis presentation award, CUNY
2001Therese McCabe Ralston Connor Fund, City College, CUNY
2000American Association of University Women, Career Development Grant
1998Residency, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY
1992Stage set, “Paul Bowles”, Merkin Hall, NY


Workmen’s Circle, NYC
Frauen Museum, Bonn, Germany
Columbia University, NYC, department of Biochemistry
Catalog 18 Jewish Women Artists in the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum, NYC
The Jewish Museum, NYC; The Museum of Modern Art, NYC
National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC; Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC

Bibliography and Publications:

Catalog: Diversity & Tradition, CCNY Alumni Biennial, 2005
Christina zu Hecklenburg, “Trummer des Alltags”, General Anzeiger, Bonn, July 5, 2004
Catalog: Bonn Biennale 2004, Bonn, Germany, “Live From New York”, Frauenmuseum
Paul Werner, “Review: Inner Space, Francine Perlman”, WOID #XI-2, March 7, 2004
Paul Werner, “Review: Francine Perlman”, WOID #VII-44, June 10, 2002
Catalog: 18 Jewish Women Artists, B’nai B’rith Museum, Washington, DC, 1998
Ken Oda, “Jews, Women & Art”, Art News, Washington, DC, March 1998
“State of the Art”, The Ithaca Journal, Oct 19, 1995
Catalog: “Women: Diversity & Vision”, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, S.I., NY 1992


MFA City College, NYC
BA Cornell University, Ithaca NY