Faculty and Staff
Ezra J. Shales
Assoc Professor Art History
Alfred University Contact Info
Office Location: Harder Hall 428A
Department: Art History Department  
Phone: 607.871.2427  
Ezra J. Shales
PhD: Decorative Arts, Design and Culture
Bard Graduate Center, 2007

MFA: Painting
Hunter College, 1996

BA: Latin and Greek
Wesleyan University, 1991

Selected Publications
Book Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Municipal Identity in the Progressive Era, Rutgers University Press, 2010 Articles & Catalogue Essays “Corporate Craft: Constructing the Empire State Building,” Journal of Modern Craft vol. 4, issue 2 (July 2011): 151-178 “Toying with Design Reform: Henry Cole and Instructive Play for Children,” Journal of Design History vol. 22, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 3-27 “Decorative Arts” in The Material Culture of American Life: An Encyclopedia, 143-145, Helen Sheumaker and Shirley Wajda, editors, ABC-Clio Press, 2007 “‘Decadent Plumbers’ Porcelain’: Craft and Modernity in Ceramic Sanitary Ware,” Kunst Og Kultur (Norwegian Journal of Art and Culture) vol. 94, no. 3 (Fall 2011) “The Artistic Librarian,” Fine Art Connoisseur vol. 6, no. 4 (2009): 57-60 “Tools Are Like Songs,” Studio Potter vol. 36, no. 2 (Summer 2008): 23-6 “Technophilic Craft,” American Craft vol. 68, no. 2 (April/May 2008): 78-80 “Celadon Refraction,” in EarthCloud/Wayne Higby, with authors Helen Williams Drutt, Mary Drach McInnes, Lee Somers, Arnoldsche, 2008 “Matter Out of Place: Notes on Experiential Learning in a Studio Foundation Program,” in John Wood: On the Edge of Clear Meaning, ed. Nathan Lyons, with authors David Levi Strauss and William Johnson, Steidl, 2008