What is your name?
My name is Serena Perrone.
What courses do you teach?
A PrattMWP I am teaching Printmaking (Silkscreen, Relief, Intaglio, Lithography, mixed and alternative processes, with the inclusion of mokuhanga, some letterpress and artists’ books, and occasionally alternative photography), and Life Drawing.
What is your educational background?
I received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design with a concentration in Printmaking and received a Collegiate Teaching Certificate from Brown University. I did my undergraduate study at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where I earned a BFA in Painting, and a dual BA in Art History and French. Additionally, I studied in Italy with the University of Georgia’s Cortona Program, and studied and did apprenticeships under master printers at Washington University’s Island Press, St. Louis University, Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas, and the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
Describe some career highlights?
Some important milestones in my professional career include receiving a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a fellowship to live and work in Venice, Italy at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, a Cooper Foundation Grant from Swarthmore College, and having my work included in the permanent collections of several institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Public Library, Yale University Art Galleries, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the RISD Museum.
List any ‘selected exhibitions’ you’d like mentioned. A sampling:
Several of the exhibitions that hold special meaning for me include solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Swarthmore College’s List Gallery in Philadelphia, and Cade Tompkins Projects in Providence. Also I have most recently been participating in an ongoing international curatorial project with Marianne Bernstein and the resulting exhibitions Due North (Iceland) and Due South (Sicily), and group exhibitions at the Detroit Institute of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the International Print Center New York.
Do you have a professional website or online portfolio you’d like us to link to? If so, what is the URL?
The best way to learn about the work that I do is to visit the following sites:
In two sentences or less, write a condensed version of your artist’s statement.
I employ various techniques ranging from printmaking and drawing to photography and writing to reflect on personal mythologies, examine differing forms of nostalgia, recount stories of destruction, regeneration, transition, enchantment and disenchantment, and capture images of the synchronistic and uncanny ways that magic and wonder are encountered in liminal spaces.
Why do you think art is important?
Art is a complex, poetic, and exciting means of communication and a way to understand ourselves, others and the world around us. Art is continual learning and exploration of things both known and unknown to us.
What inspires you as an artist?
Travel, literature and film, natural phenomena, the complexities of relationships, and other peoples’ art. Learning, quiet reflection, shifting perspectives, confronting personal challenges, and expanding beyond one’s comfort zone.
List 3 adjectives that describe your current work:
Poetic, personal, multi-layered.
What do you think is special about PrattMWP? (OR) Why do you like being a part of the PrattMWP Community?
The intimacy and small scale is fantastic because it gives faculty and students the opportunity to work in close proximity and affords each student with ample personal attention, and an environment in which to focus on personal development. The quality of the instruction and the importance given to foundation principles gives students a strong base to grow from, and the access students have to technology, equipment, and the the Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum and library resources is something not every school can offer.
What kind of students do you like to work with? What qualities do they possess?
Students who are self-motivated, inquisitive and hungry to learn, and disciplined in their work ethic are a joy to work with. Those who are open to guidance, sensitive to new ideas, willing to research and try new approaches, are able to take risks, and are unafraid to make mistakes will come away from their time here with a rich experience that will prepare them for the next stages of their career.
Serena Perrone has spent her life split between Italy and the United States as the daughter of an immigrant father from Sicily and and American mother. The impact of this dichotomy is often visible in her artwork and writing as a recurring theme while she reflects on personal mythologies, examines differing forms of nostalgia, recounts stories of destruction, regeneration, transition, enchantment and disenchantment, and captures images of the synchronistic and uncanny ways that magic and wonder are encountered in liminal spaces.
Currently the Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at Pratt Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in New York, Serena Perrone is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a Master's Degree in Printmaking. Previously she has taught at RISD, Tyler School of Art, Swarthmore College, the University of Georgia's Studies Abroad Program in Cortona Italy, and Kutztown University, and she is the co-creator and Director of Officina Stamperia del Notaio, an Artists' Residency and Printmaking studio in Sicily
Perrone's work has been exhibited widely, including exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the International Print Center New York. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Public Library, Yale University Art Gallery, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress. She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Santo Foundation, the William J. Cooper Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is represented by Cade Tompkins Projects.