New York–based artist Joel Perlman received his B.F.A. from Cornell in 1965, and a M.A. from University of California–Berkeley in 1967. After five years working and teaching in London, and then Bennington, Vermont, he returned to New York City where he has taught ever since at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
Best known for monumental sculptures of welded steel, his latest work continues an exploration of circular forms. Perlman has had more than 50 solo exhibitions and numerous public scale commissions. His awards include Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment of the Arts fellowships, a Pollack-Krasner grant, and the Special Prize at the Fujisankei Biennale. His work is included in numerous museum collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
Perlman says his time at Cornell made him "grow up, get serious," and get started on his journey.
"Cornell was a great experience for me. Professor Emeritus Jack Squier (M.F.A. '52) was always my guiding light. I also benefitted from living and working with architects. Their work ethic and focus was a standard I strove for. They have remained loyal friends and included me in many of their projects."
Recently, Perlman was appointed to the AAP Advisory Council.