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Alfred University alumnx Sondra Perry ’12 interviewed for ‘Barbara London Calling’ podcast

Alfred University alumnx Sondra Perry ’12 was interviewed recently for a podcast hosted by Barbara London, an art curator and writer specializing in new media and sound art.


ALFRED, NY – Alfred University alumnx Sondra Perry ’12 was interviewed recently for a podcast hosted by Barbara London, an art curator and writer specializing in new media and sound art.

Perry, who earned a B.F.A., from Alfred University in 2012, is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist from Perth Amboy, NJ. London, who is best known for curating the video collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), interviewed Perry for the Jan. 12 edition of her podcast, “Barbara London Calling.” In it, Perry discusses her time as an undergraduate at Alfred and the influence faculty like Peer Bode, co-founder of the Institute for Electronic Arts and (now retired) professor of video art, had on her education.

Perry studied expanded media and three-dimensional studies as an undergraduate at Alfred University and went on to earn an M.F.A. degree from Columbia University in 2015. The artist’s work is critically acclaimed, and has earned Perry numerous awards.

In December 2019, Artnet News listed a piece of Perry’s video art among the top 100 most influential pieces of art of the last decade. Ben Davis, an art critic from Artnet News – the world’s first dedicated 24-hour global art market newswire – wrote a piece titled “The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked,” and placed Perry’s piece, “IT’S IN THE GAME ’17 or Mirror Game for Vitrine of Projection (2017)” as No. 82 on his top 100 list.

In the fall of 2018, Perry received the Nam June Paik award at a ceremony at the Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster, Germany. The award is given biennially to an artist working with moving images and new technology. Earlier that year, Perry was named the winner of the inaugural Toby’s Prize, a $50,000 award given to a contemporary artist by the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. In 2017, the Seattle Art Museum awarded Perry its Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize, which is given biennially to an emerging black artist. Perry was also a recipient of a 2017 Biennial Grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.

In February 2020, Perry’s work, “FLESH WALL,” was the subject of a month-long digital art exhibition in New York City’s Times Square. “FLESH WALL” was displayed nightly as part of the Midnight Moment exhibition series hosted by Times Square Arts, the city’s largest public platform for contemporary performance and visual arts.