Keith Perelli is a visual artist working in painting, printmaking and drawing. His figurative work explores a variety of social, political, and personal issues. He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and presently teaches Drawing and Painting at New Orleans Center for Creative Art, a pre-college conservatory for the arts. He has participated in numerous national and international invitation and juried exhibitions. Mr. Perelli is a recipient of a SURDNA Foundation’s Arts Teacher Fellowship, a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship, and a Foundazione Ratti Arts Fellowship. He has received five professional development grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and has been awarded a Downtown District Development/RTA commission for a public works project on Canal Street in New Orleans. Mr. Perelli has also served as a juror for numerous juried competitions.
Solo exhibitions of work produced by the artist have been held in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Houston. In 1997, he studied in Italy with “Happenings” artist Alan Kaprow, through a scholarship awarded by the Ratti Foundation, Como, Italy and in 2008 with artist Ron Pokrasso in Santa Fe, NM, an award provided through the SURDNA Foundation, New York.
The work of Mr. Perelli was featured in the “University of New Orleans 3 Person Alumni Works on Paper,” Innsbruck, Austria and “Louisiana Artists,” Alexandria Museum of Art, LA. In addition, his work has been featured in “Culture of Queer,” Leslie Lohman Foundation, New York, NY and an exhibit titled “Katrina, Catastrophe and Catharsis,” at the Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO. He was awarded best of show for the “22nd September Competition,” Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA and “Louisiana Artists” at the LSU Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA.