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Shales' book reviewed by American Craft magazine
2/24/11

“Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Civic Identity in the Progressive Era,” a book written by Ezra Shales, assistant professor of art history in the School of Art & Design at Alfred University, is reviewed in the current issue of American Craft magazine.

The book was published in July 2010 by Rivergate Books, Rutgers University Press.

Shales’ most recent work “challenges readers to reconsider industrial arts, one of the wellsprings of contemporary craft,” writes reviewer Caroline Hannah. “…Shales.... draws upon an impressive array of sources to weave ideas about education, citizenship, economics, cultural pluralism and the role of a museum in a manufacturing town. The result is an intensive and intriguing view of the past – one that, as craft historian and theorist Glenn Adamson noted on the dust jacket ‘looks very much like a future to strive for.’”

Shales received an Alfred University Excellence in Teaching award in 2010.

He earned his Ph.D. in decorative arts, design, and culture from Bard Graduate Center, Manhattan; a master of fine arts degree in painting from Hunter College, New York City; and a bachelor of arts degree in Latin and Greek from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.