Photo by Meredith Jenks
Photo by Meredith Jenks

Leading up to the annual MCAD Art Sale, we spoke with some of the top sellers from the past two decades. Here, Mike Perry describes his Brooklyn studio and how the MCAD Art Sale encouraged his love of the “pop-up” experience.

Mike Perry ’03 is an artist, animator, creative director, brand consultant, poet, and designer. His work encompasses paintings, drawings, sculptures, art installations, books, murals, all of which are made to conjure that feeling of soul-soaring you have when you stare into distant galaxies on a dark night when you go on long journeys into the imagination when you laugh and can’t stop laughing. Key to Mike’s working method is the recognition that art and objects, go through many iterations—discoveries, coverings, uncoverings—until they’re finished; people do the same until they are fully revealed. He likes to cultivate collectives of celebration, exhibition, and revelation.

What has MCAD meant for you in terms of launching your creative career?

MCAD provided me with an incredibly strong foundation. This not only allowed me to be a successful member of the art industry, but also a positive creative member of society as a whole.

What are you doing now?

I run an imaginative studio in Brooklyn that practices creativity in multiple dimensions. We do everything from poetry to paintings and everything in-between. We make people move . . .

Can you describe a memorable sale or moment from the Art Sale?

What I got out of the Art Sale was experience. It was a gigantic step toward expansion. I may have sold some tee-shirts, etc., but more importantly, it was my first attempt at a “pop-up” which I still love doing to this day.

What Art Sale advice would you give young MCAD artists?

Lower your prices. You have a lifetime of selling things for more. Get things out there—develop an audience first and the rest will fall into place over time. 

Perry will not have works for sale at this year's MCAD Art Sale; only current students and graduates from the past five years are eligible to participate.

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