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Fourteenth Annual Dorothy Wilson Perkins Ceramic History Lecturer

To Be Announced 2012

 

The Dorothy Wilson Perkins Ceramic History Lecture Series
The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art established the Dorothy Wilson Perkins Ceramic History Lecture Series in 1998, thanks to a generous endowment gift to the Museum by Dr. Lyle Perkins (BFA Alfred '39; MFA Alfred '47) in memory of his wife, Dr. Dorothy Wilson Perkins (BFA Alfred '39).
The Dorothy Wilson Perkins Lectures
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2011
13th Annual Lecture:
"CERAMICS WITH A SOUL
Towards a highest standard for ceramics"
2010
12th Annual Lecture:
"Greek Vases: Wine and Humor in the Age of Tragedy"
2009
11th Annual Lecture:
"Out Of The Studio, or, Do We Make Better
Work In Unusual Conditions? "
2008
10th Annual Lecture:
"Making A Mess: Ceramic Sculpture Now"
2007
9th Annual Lecture:
"Once a Potter, Always a Potter"
2005
8th Annual Lecture:
"The Aesthetic of Process - and Beyond"
2004
7th Annual Lecture:
"Marginal Powers: Ceramics and the Art World"
2003
6h Annual Lecture:
"Crawling through Mud: Avant-garde Ceramics in Postwar Japan"
2002
5th Annual Lecture:
"Marguerite Wildenhain: Inspirational and Passionate About Her Craft"
2001
4th Annual Lecture:
"Social Complexity and the Historiography of Ceramic"
2000
3rd Annual Lecture:
"Ceramic Paradigms and Paradigms for Ceramics"
1999
2nd Annual Lecture:
"Faux and Real Folk Art: the Story of Mingei"
1998
1st Annual Lecture:
"Between a Toilet and a Hard Place: Is the Ceramic Avant Guard a Contradiction in Terms"
 
Dorothy Wilson PerkinsDorothy Wilson Perkins

Born on September 20, 1917 in Hammond, Indiana, Dorothy's family eventually settled in Wellsville, New York where she graduated from high school with honors in 1935. The following year she enrolled in Alfred University taking courses at the New York State College of Ceramics, where she completed her B.F.A. degree (again with honors) in 1939. Offered a scholarship at the Ohio State University, Dorothy took graduate courses with Arthur E. Baggs, who had been a former student of Charles Fergus Binns at Alfred. She received her M.A. degree from O.S.U. in 1940. Returning to Wellsville, Dorothy married her Alfred classmate Lyle Perkins in the University's campus chapel. They moved to Hershey, Pennsylvania where her husband was teaching. After a period of Navy duty for Lyle and teaching for Dorothy, Lyle completed his M.F.A. at Alfred in 1947. They next moved to Providence, Rhode Island. During the 15 years that Dorothy taught at the Rhode Island School of Design she made the majority of her creative pottery. At this same time she also wrote numerous articles for Ceramic Age and Ceramics Monthly; produced pottery for exhibition here and abroad; taught two consecutive summers for Charles Harder at Alfred; and traveled extensively. In 1951 both Lyle and Dorothy started programs at O.S.U. leading to doctorates in 1956. When Lyle and Dorothy began their lengthy commitment to the programs at the University of Massachusetts in 1962, Dorothy was barred from taking a faculty position due to nepotism rules in place at the time. Nonetheless her many accomplishments in life included exerting a strong influence in the ceramic world which lasts to this day. Her ceramic work can be found in numerous collections, including those at O. S. U. and the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred.

Dorothy was the first slide librarian at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1971) and upon her retirement in 1981, that facility was named in her honor. Dorothy Wilson Perkins died of lung cancer on August 17, 1996. Her memory will live on through those who knew her, her splendid ceramic pieces, and through this new Dorothy Wilson Perkins Ceramic History Lecture which will be held each fall. Lyle Perkins died June 20, 2005.

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