Professor & Director of the Perrella Gallery
Department: Fine Arts
Phone Extension: 8977/8916
(518) 736-FMCC (3622)
Building: N 119A
An alumnus of FM, Joel Chapin has been a professor of Fine Art at FM for more than 20 years. He also serves as Director of the College’s Perrella Gallery. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Printmaking from Skidmore College and a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from University at Albany.
At FM, he teaches both Two and Three-Dimensional Design, Drawing 1 & 2, Paint-ing 1 & 2, Watercolor Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics 1 & 2, Life Drawing, Language of Visual Art, Survey of Non-Western Art History, Gallery Management, and Art Seminar. Joel has also served as Perrella Gallery Director since 1999.
His community service includes being an active board member on the Montgomery Educational and Cultural Council on the Arts and chair of the 4-H Youth Development Issues Committee. Other boards he has served on include Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton and Montgomery Counties, Amsterdam’s Walter Elwood Museum, and Heldeberg Workshop in Voorheesville. On campus, he served on the Student Life Committee, Fulmont Association of College Educators Scholarship Committee, and the President’s Vision and Mission Committee.
Professionally, Joel has been curator of 57 exhibitions at FM’s Perrella Gallery includ-ing John Van Alstine’s Mirror to the Mountain Sculpture; Larry Poons’ Recent Works; Jules Olitski’s Small Mountains; Jonathan Singer’s Botanica Magnifica; and Caroline Rammersdorfer’s Inner-View Expanded. He also was curator of eight exhibitions as Director of the Picotte Gallery at the College of Saint Rose from 1984-1986.
A recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Montgomery County 4-H Leader of the Year, Joel’s permanent collections can be seen at the State University of New York and The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls.