Born in Los Angeles, California, Peggy Ferris studied art and English at UC Santa Barbara, where she graduated in 1975.
In 1977, she ventured off to Holland where she lived for two years, learned the language and attended the Royal Academy of Art. She apprenticed as a graphic designer with a firm in The Hague and became involved in the local arts scene. She developed a hard-edge painting style using gouache on paper and studied the art of English artist Richard Smith who was her early inspiration and who showed frequently in Holland during those years. In addition she regularly entered sculpture designs into city-sponsored competitions for art for public places.
By 1979 she had returned to the US and enrolled in Art Center College of Design. She received a BFA with honors in 1982 in graphic design/ packaging. Upon graduation she received the prestigious Dale Brubaker award, based on design portfolio and presented to one student in the graduating class from international design firm Landor Associates.
In 1983, she moved to Santa Barbara and started her freelance graphic design firm Peggy Ferris Design, in continuous operation since its inception.
2000 - PRESENT
Having rediscovered her interests in abstract art, she began phasing out her design work to paint full time. She currently works in both hard-edge and gestural mixed-media styles.
EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
Finalist in the Santa Barbara Arts Fund Individual Artist’s Award Competition in the painting category.
November: she had her first one person show at Chancellor Gallery in Santa Barbara, titled “Energy: Hard-Edge Paintings by Peggy Ferris."
January - March: “Arts for the Healing; Hard-Edge Paintings by Peggy Ferris" at Sansum Diabetes Research Center.
May - June: MAA Annual Juried Show at Santa Monica Airport's Barker Hanger; received Honorable Mention.
September 2 - 4: Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open Studio Tour.
September - October: Solo show at US Bank, Malibu Colony, CA.
December 2005 through January 2006: solo show at Neuvie, Santa Barbara.
March 18 - April 2: Group show at Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara.
June: Mezzanine B at Gallery 113, Santa Barbara.
August - September: Group show at James Gray Gallery, Bergamont Station, Santa Monica.
September 2-4: Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open Studios Tour.
September-October: Group abstract show at Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara.
November: "8 Unique Artists'", group show at Santa Barbara Tours de Arte, Santa Barbara.
December: Mezzanine A at Gallery 113, Santa Barbara.
December:: Group show at Montecito Frame and Gallery, Montecito.
February: "Metropolis: Mixed Media Abstracts on Yupo." Solo show at the Santa Barbara Architectural Foundation, through February 28.
September: Santa Barbara Studio Artists group show at Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara
September: Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open Studio Tour
December 8 - January 11, 2008 (scheduled): Los Angeles Art Association Open Show, Los Angeles.
January 24-27: Los Angeles Art Show in association with the Los Angeles Art Association.
Feb. 7-March 1 “When Designers Paint: Gestural and Hard-Edge Paintings by Peggy Ferris. At Gallery on State, 324-D State Street, Santa Barbara. (detail shown above)
March 14 - April 11, 2008: Group Show for recipients of the Arts Fund’s Individual Artist Awards. Arts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara.
April, 2008 “Gem” group show at Gallery 825, Los Angeles
August 2, 2008 – “@”– Group show at Gallery 825. 825 N. La Cienega, Los Angeles
Labor Day Weekend - “Santa Barbara Studio Artists, Open Studio Tour and opening show at Arts Fund Gallery, through Sept. 26, 2008
OPEN NOW – “SANTA BARBARA ABSTRACTIONS” at Bakersfield Museum of Art Collectors Gallery. Featuring selections from the “Metropolis Series” and the “57th Street” series. Through February 2009.
August - September: Solo show of gestural and hard-edge paintings. At San Luis Obispo Art Center, CA