Art Reflects Life
By Celeste T. Dickson
If you’ve seen the artwork of Perry Bennett, then you’ve been enlightened by his brilliant and eclectic photography, watercolors and drawings, each piece reflecting a little of Perry the artist. who completed his bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and drawing in December.
“I find beauty in random objects,” says the Kennesaw native. An avid car enthusiast, his subject matter ranges from figures to cars, to flowers to everyday objects like mailboxes and fire hydrants. “I like watercolors because they can be finished quickly,” says Perry. More interestingly, he admits, “Being quick about my art does say something about me.”
Perry has worked on campus, volunteered at the KSU College of the Arts 4th and 5th Annual Benefit Galas, exhibited in numerous on- and off-campus shows, earned gallery experience in several Atlanta venues including the Pangaea and the Carl Black Galleries, and received awards for his work—the most recent: first place for printmaking and a best of show honorable mention in Kennesaw State’s 23rd Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. He has also been published in SHARE, Grassroots Motorsports and the 2006-2007 College of the Arts Season Calendar.
Being a well-rounded artist hasn’t happened in a vacuum. As a full-time working professional and full-time student, Perry has immersed himself into Kennesaw State’s culture and says that the “one-on-one classes, interpersonal relationships and structure of the upper level art classes” are some of the reasons he has accomplished so much. As the chairman of VISIONS, the student art guild, and the Curator of Fat Louie’s, a restaurant and gallery in Atlanta, Perry has also accomplished much for his peers.
“I am using this space to promote KSU artists and to give students the experience of having all of the responsibilities associated with having your own show,” says Perry. “I find enjoyment in seeing others succeed.” In his last semester, he orchestrated a show with his peers at an off-campus warehouse in Acworth cleverly coined by the group as Gallery 4463, taken from the building’s address and organized a trip to Warm Springs for Visions, the student arts guild.
Now, Perry plans to find a job in art administration “that does not keep me behind a desk for eight hours a day and allows me to be creative,” he says. He plans to continue to submit his work to art shows, exhibitions and galleries and stay involved with Kennesaw State.