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South Florida artist Deborah Perlman is a graduate of Boston University (BFA, sculpture) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, sculpture). After graduate school, Perlman opted for a career in communications, enabling her to travel and use her art training in new ways. Since returning to making fine art full time, she has exhibited her work throughout Florida and the U.S. Perlman has won several awards and appeared in art publications as a featured artist. Her work is featured in private collections, and she is a member of several professional artist organizations.


Influenced by her training, Perlman creates abstract wall-mounted sculpture. Her ‘almost-but-not-quite-real’ spaces land somewhere between authentic and imaged, inviting the viewer into the scene to discover where they find themselves.


Perlman uses a variety of materials, including paper, plastic, aluminum wire, wood, wire mesh and photographs. She adheres three-dimensional forms to a base, juxtaposing them to highlight their points of contact and the shadows they cast.


Perlman’s influences include African sculpture; the Constructivism, Geometric Abstraction, and Cubism (Picasso, Braque, Lipschitz) art movements; the work of Louise Nevelson; the ‘illogical perspective’ of Giorgio de Chirico and M.C. Escher; Joseph Cornell’s shadow boxes; and Frank Stella’s metal reliefs, among others.




Solo Exhibitions

  • Fresh Squeezed, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL, 2023

  • Gallery Ring (virtual exhibit), 2021


Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Creative License (virtual exhibit), Art Fluent, 2023

  • Portals (virtual exhibit), Maryland Federation of Art, 2023

  • Paper Works (virtual exhibit), SITE:BROOKLYN, NY, 2023

  • Expo 42 (virtual exhibit), b.j. spoke gallery, New York, 2023

  • Pine and Palm, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL, 2022

  • Revelations (virtual exhibit), Visionary Art Collective, 2022

  • 32nd All-Florida Juried Art Show, Martin Arts, Stuart, FL, 2022

  • Waves, Art and Climate Exhibit, Arts Warehouse, Delray Beach, FL, 2022

  • Summer Exhibit (6 works), ArtServe, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2022

  • Works on Paper, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2022

  • Art on BRIC Walls, Boca Raton, FL, 2021/22

  • Modes of Abstraction, Art Center of Sarasota, FL, 2021/22

  • Transformation (virtual exhibit), Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, 2021

  • Picking Up the Pieces (virtual exhibit), Collage Artists of America, 2021

  • Changing Landscapes (5 works), ArtServe, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2021

  • First National Exhibition (virtual exhibit), Denise Bibro Fine Arts, NY, 2021

  • Artists to Follow in 2021 (virtual exhibit), Michael Rose Fine Art, RI, 2021

  • Leaders in Abstraction – Vol. 1 (virtual exhibit), The Art House Virtual Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2021

  • Small Works (virtual exhibit), 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2020

  • 90th Annual Juried Exhibition (virtual exhibit), National Art League, 2020

  • Artists Choice (virtual exhibit), Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., 2020

  • Continuum Exhibit, West Palm Beach, FL, 2020


 Selected Honors/Awards

  • Award of Distinction, Gallery 4 Percent (virtual), 2023

  • 1st Place, Mixed Media, 17th Annual Competition, Studio 18, Pembroke Pines, FL, 2022

  • Honorable Mention, Art Extravaganza, Studio 18, Pembroke Pines, FL, 2022

  • Honorable Mention, Abstractions Exhibit, Broward Art Guild, 2021

  • 1st Place, Mixed Media, 16th Annual Competition, Studio 18, Pembroke Pines, FL, 2021

  • 2nd Place, Art in the Time of Corona, Artist Table Virtual Gallery, 2021

  • Honorable Mention, Abstract Exhibit (virtual), Art Show International, 2021

  • Juror’s Choice Award, Elemental: Earth, Fire, Water, Air, Maryland Federation of Art, 2020

  • Best in Show, Winter Spectacular Salon, Broward Art Guild, 2019/20

  • Honorable Mention and People's Choice Award, Tri-County Biennial Exhibit, FL, 2019



  • Art Seen Magazine, Featured Artist, Autumn 2023

  • Art Fluent, Curator’s Choice Artist Interview, 2023

  • Visionary Art Collective, Artist Interview, 2022

  • Art Seen Magazine, Fall/Winter 2021, Featured Artist

  • Art Gallery 118, Featured Artist, 2021

  • Visionary Art Collective, Featured Artist, 2021

  • Artsy Shark, Featured Artist, 2021

  • International Artist Magazine, 2020 Art Prize Challenge: Landscapes, Finalist, 2020


Professional Artist Memberships

  • National Association of Women Artists, Signature Member

  • American Women Artists

  • International Assn. of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists

  • Broward Art Guild, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • ArtServe, Ft. Lauderdale, FL



Perlman’s art is featured in several private collections.

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