Perri Howard

Perri Portrait

Perri Howard received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Chicago in 2001 and has served as a visiting artist at many colleges and universities. Her work examines the relationship between human perception and sense of place. Issues of navigation, intuition and physical proximity are key components of these investigations. Her public artworks draw attention to thresholds where land meets sky, sea meets shore, and where one’s inner landscape converges with the outside world. Howard served as a chair on the Seattle Arts Commission Public Art Advisory Committee, and currently sits on the board of directors for the design committee at the Twispworks Foundation in Twisp, Washington.

By Degrees, 2014

Fabric, PVC

Perri wants to creatively engage the campus community through a dynamic, wind-activated artwork that cultivates a sense of clarity, focus, and perspective, while calling into question the place where one stands. The title, By Degrees, invokes the academic sense of the word and also the stages, levels, and points that one may traverse in the course of a lifetime. Metaphorically, this speaks to how one may embark on their education, choose a career, or simply decide where to go from here. Sometimes we feel as if we’ve been blown off course, only to be suddenly presented with clear paths we know are ours to be traveled.

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