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About Perry Meigs

Maps and floor plans inspire my art, uniting communities while distilling space. Starting with familiar neighborhood maps, I capture remarkable details and highlight aspects of our community. Hand-drawn maps and traced maps help me to sort the meaning of life. They trigger memories and embody daily rituals, tracing our paths from home to social interactions. My artistic process includes sketching, photography, video, and painting. Photography freezes fleeting moments while sketching distills them into lines and forms representing unique journeys. In my drawings and paintings, I explore the energy of human movement through repetitive activity, I also distill and explore formal aspects of color and pattern. With a background in painting and video, I use these mediums to communicate. Paint adds depth and texture to my work with its fluidity and vivid palette. My art celebrates the interplay between the abstract and the familiar, inviting viewers to reconsider perceptions of space and community.


Perry Meigs earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. She further honed her painting skills, earning a Master's of Fine Art from the California Institute for the Arts and developing a unique style as a studio artist. Perry draws inspiration from various sources, blending traditional techniques with contemporary art to create work that reflects her deep understanding of art history while pushing the boundaries of painting as a medium.

Exhibitions & Awards:

Perry Meigs has exhibited her work in galleries and museums across the country. She has received numerous awards and honors, including an Artlift Micro Grant from the City of Palo Alto. She has been an artist in residence at Skowhegan, Cubberly Artist Studio Program, and The Experimental Television Center, Perry's innovative style and approach to painting have garnered attention and praise, with features in publications like Vas Newsletter and The New York Times.



1998 M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA 

1994 B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


Artist Awards and Residencies:


2022 ArtLift Microgrant, The City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA 

2022 Cubberley Artist Studio Program, Palo Alto, CA

1998 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, New York, NY 

1994 The Experimental Television Center, Oswego, NY

Solo and Group Shows:


2024 Tierra y Raíses/Earth and Roots, Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose, CA

2024 The Anti Valentine’s Show, Works San Jose, San Jose, CA

2023 Mapping Palo Alto, Rinconada Library Display Space, Palo Alto, CA

2023 Art in the Garden, Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, Palo Alto, CA

2023 Perry Meigs - Mapping Palo Alto, Rinconada Library Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

2023 Pets and Animals, Pacific Arts League, Palo Alto, CA

2023 P.A.L. Members Curated Exhibit, Palo Alto, CA

2022 Mapping Palo Alto Together, Rinconada, Mitchell Park, Downtown Library, Palo Alto, CA

2021  Flags, Skowhegan Block Party, New York, NY

2021 Silicon Valley Group, Claremont Art Studios, San Mateo, CA

2018 Gallery Group, The Rye Art Center, Rye, NY

2016 Painters on Location, The Rye Art Center, Rye, NY                                       

2015 The Valentine Show, Kenise Barnes Gallery, Larchmont, NY

2013 Hudson Valley Artists, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY

2012 Promenade des Artist, The French Association of Westchester Accueil, Larchmont, NY

2005 Paintings and Drawings, Audio Engine, New York, NY, curated by Elissa Levy

2004 RISD Biennial, The Claire Olivia Fine Art, New York, NY, curated by Shamim Momin

2003 Gallery Group, Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2001 To Be Continued..., Art in General, New York, NY

2001 To Be Continued..., Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1999 Size Matters, The Gail Gates Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1998 Sig-Alert, Arizona Museum of Art, Tempe, AZ

1998 3 x 3 x 3, The Dollhouse Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, curated by MaryKay Lombino

1998 Color Me Mine, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

1995 Family Trauma, The Knitting Factory, New York, NY

1995 Identity and the Home, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1995 Whose Body, Is it? Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at San Francisco, CA

1995 Special Feature U.S.A., The International Experimental Video Festival, Arnhem, The Netherlands

1995 Family Values-Dinner Conversations, Gallery S’Alotto, Arnhem, The Netherlands



“Palo Alto Funds Art to Unify Community,” By Olivia Atkinson, The Campanile, October 24, 2022

“Palo Alto public art tells stories both collective and personal” By Anne Li, Stanford University Online, November 2022 

“Pandemic Solutions” By JD Beltran, Vas Newsletter, February 27, 2021

“For Hikers Seeking Art,” Brooklyn is a Left Bank, The New York Times, December 15, 2000                                                                          

“Color Me Mine,” New Art Examiner, 1998

“Color Me Mine at LACE,” L.A. Weekly, April 3-9, 1998

“Taking Chances with Forms and Ideas,” Nomad, Number 6, Spring 1994

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