Sidney Perry: Master of the Studio Art Center

Untitled (multi) watercolor by Sidney Perry

January 19, 2021 – March 20, 2021

The Gateway Gallery is pleased to present the work of Sidney Perry in a virtual solo retrospective.

This exhibition pays tribute to him and his incredible career as a working artist at Gateway.

As a child, Sidney Perry moved with his family to Massachusetts from Alabama, where he was born in 1943. He entered the Gateway Center in Boston, Massachusetts in 1973 to learn artisanry skills, like weaving and pottery making. Like many of the original Gateway members, Perry left to do something more traditional, and for nearly a decade did janitorial work in the community. In 1984 he returned to Gateway, now in Brookline, where he excelled in art and craft making. Perry became well known for weaving beautiful rag rugs and creating signature hand-built vessels using very thin coils of clay. In the 1990s, Gateway Arts joined the studio art center movement, giving artists with disabilities the opportunity to have their voices heard in the art world, as well as the world of art. He has been able to further explore making art, utilizing his intuitive color sensibilities, and exploring his own personal iconography. He has created a body of memorable work which has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally.

To download a press release for the exhibition, click here.

To view Sidney’s biography and portfolio, click here.

To watch a video of Sidney at work, click here.

To view all works by Sidney currently available in our online store, click here.

To see the exhibition featured in ‘Raw Vision Weekly’ February 19 2021 #204, click here.