Alan Petrulis
Crossing Boat Meadow River
Pastel on paper, 1995
Framing donated by the artist

Alan Petrulis was born in Queens, New York in 1954. He came late to the arts, first studying ecology and anthropology at Queens College (CUNY) and then earning a degree in art. In 1979 he received the MFA in printmaking from the Maryland Institute of Art. Since then he has continually worked as an artist, switching emphasis from printmaking to painting and photography. He also held positions in management, including the directorship of Soho’s First Street Gallery in the mid 80’s. Petrulis was accepted into the SAGA in 1999 and has worked closely with the New York Society of Etchers for many years. His commitment to his work has led to a number of solo exhibitions and inclusion in group exhibitions here and abroad. He has received a number of awards, notably the Cannon and Ralph Fabri prizes from the National Academy of Design. His work is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Transit Museum, and the Cahoon Museum, and in private and corporate collections. Most of his inspiration comes, both figuratively and literally, from many journeys in the footsteps of the great landscape artists and hiking thousands of miles in the Hudson Valley, down through New York City, and along the New England coast.