Mr. Perry

Phone: (314)-771-2772 Ext. 41310

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Mr. Perry

Subject: Visual Art
 
Room Number: 300 and 301 
 
Teacher Message:

I am an artist and an art teacher. As a teacher, my goal is to train children to become artists; to impart to my students the skills, discipline, and outlook necessary to living an artistic life.

As an artist I work to delight children, to further the well being of native bird species, and to give visible form to the ideas and inspirations that take birth within me.
 
Every year my students are work on portraits for The Memory Project, an international aid organization. Each year my students paint portraits of children in an orphanage in a Third World country. My students paint these portraits to give these children a positive sense of themselves and a memento of their childhood that they can carry into their lives. For more information about The Memory Project you can go to:
 
My Advanced Painting students are presently preparing for their work for their exhibit at Gallery 210 at UMSL.
 
This year a team of my students created a Soundsuit: a dance costume designed to move and flow with the movements of the dancer's body. A dance student performed in the suit at our winter performing arts festival. The video of the dance impressed the St. Louis Art Museum and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, both of whom posted it on their websites. You can see thaT video at:  
 
http://www.schooltube.com/video/7289cd66e1af46ac8d82/The%20CVPA%20Soundsuit
 
DESE liked the video so much that our dancer and Soundsuit team were invited to Jefferson City to perform in the Soundsuit at Arts Education celebration at the state capitol. You can see the video of that performance at: 
 
http://www.schooltube.com/video/422fd95a0c8d4b668bd0/The%20CVPA%20Soundsuit%20on%20the%20Capitol%20Steps 
 
In addition to my classroom work, I am involved in the arts and in educational life in several different ways.
 
In June of 2013 I received an "Artists Count" grant for $2500 to fund a project making and installing my stoneware birdhouses in parks and wildlife sanctuaries. I subsequently received another $2000 grant from Great River Greenways to install my sculptural birdhouses along the North Riverfront Trail. You can see work from both of these projects, as well as other samples of my work, including an installation of monumental stoneware tile playground sculptures at the College School of Webster Groves, at:
 
http://moleculefarm.wix.com/bill-perry  
 
In May of 2011 I had a one-man show of my drawings at the Centene Center for the Arts, in connection with Circus Flora, St. Louis's own one-ring circus. You can see those drawings at:
 
http://www.billperrycircusdrawings.com/
 
I presently have an exhibit of my drawings at the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery at the Sheldon Art Galleries. You can find information about that show at:
 
http://www.sheldonconcerthall.org/current-exhibits.php 
 
And finally: this past year I mounted a Kickstarter campaign to publish a book, called "Road Trip, A Fold-out Adventure". The campaign was successful, and I published a thousand copies of the book. The book is available at Left Bank Books, The Novel Neighbor, and The Book House. You can see the book at
 
aroadtripbook.com 
 
I am a member of the St. Louis Art Museum's Teacher Advisory Group, a group of teachers from throughout the Metro area who meet at regular intervals to confer with and advise directors of the Art Museum's educational department. 
 
In May of 2010 I received my Master of Arts degree in Sculpture from Fontbonne University. In May of 2013 I completed my Master of  Fine Arts degree in Studio Art at Fontbonne.
 
In April of 2010 I was sworn in to Phi Kappa Phi, Fontbonne University's Honor Society. The requirements for this membership are that first, that I be in Fontbonne University's academic top 10%, and that second, that I should be recognized by my peers as being worthy of this honor. I am astonished that I was chosen for this; Phi Kappa Phi has had U.S. presidents and Supreme Court justices as its members.
 
For four years I curated "Humenagerie, Containers of Uncertain Ancestry", a juried high school show of lidded ceramic containers in the shape of human/animal forms. "Humenagerie" will open at the Soulard Art Market in January of 2014.
 
Biography:

EDUCATION
High School: Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1966
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramic Sculpture, University of Hawaii, 1973
Graduate Study, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1975-1976
Teaching Certification, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1978
Master of Arts, Sculpture, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri, 2011
Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri, 2013
 
EMPLOYMENT
Art Teacher, Ceramics, Printmaking, Drawing and Painting,
Central Visual & Performing Arts High School, St. Louis Missouri,
1984-present
Art Department chair, 1985-1988

My students at Central Visual & Performing Arts High School have gained entry into, and won scholarships from Kansas City Art Institute, Chicago Art Institute, Parsons School of Design, San Francisco Art Institute, U.C.L.A., and others. My students have gained entry into the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and summer art programs at Washington University, The St. Louis Art Museum, S.I.U. Edwardsville, Kansas City Art Institute, and the St. Louis Artist’s Guild. I also direct our school’s co-operative programs with the St. Louis Art Museum, Craft Alliance, and the Sheldon Art Galleries.

Curriculum writer, Fine Arts, St. Louis B.O.E., Summer, 2006

Adjunct Faculty, Harris Stowe State University, St. Louis, Missouri,  Spring Semester, 1990

Art Teacher, Lewis & Clark Summer Institute, St. Louis, Missouri, Summers,  1990-1993

Art Teacher,  Wellston Public Schools, Wellston, Missouri, 1983-1984

Art Teacher, Visual & Performing Arts Center Middle School, St. Louis, Missouri, 1978-1982

Art Aide,  Visual & Performing Arts High School, St. Louis Missouri, 1976-1978

Art Teacher and Ceramics Workshop Manager, Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1972-1975

PERSONAL
I have been married since 1975 to my magnificent Hawaiian wife. We have two children, an angelic adult daughter with Downs Syndrome, and a beautiful eighteen year old boy, presently in college.

PROFESSIONAL ART EXPERIENCE
One Man Show, The Foundry Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1975
One Man Show, Hickam AFB, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1975
Graduate Student Show, Washington University, 1976
St. Louis Art Fair, 1977, 1978
Central Visual & Performing Arts High School Faculty Show, 1999, 2000
Three Man Show, Bobby’s Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, 2003
One Man Show, Bobby’s Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, 2003-2004
One Man Show, O’Fallon City Art Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, 2004
One Man Show, Centene Center for the Arts, St. Louis, MO, 2011
Showings at Art St. Louis, 2011 till present
Three self-published picture books: “Until Bananas Turn To Ink”, 1996, and “The Man and His Song”, 1995,
"Road Trip, a Fold-out Adventure", limited first edition of 1000, February, 2015
Seven self-published calendars (issues of a hundred or more): “Round-up Time on the Molecule Farm”, 2004, “The Bread-crust Parade”, 2005, “Pot-holder Madness”, 2006, "Mechanical Puppy Mittens" in 2009, and "The Bubble Jumping Team" in 2012, and "What Happens When We Yawn" in 2013
"Dive Into the Dream", a one-man show of drawings, Sheldon Art Galleries, March through May, 2015 
 
VOLUNTEER SERVICE
Art Teacher, Summer and Christmas children’s art and drama programs, SYDA Foundation, South Fallsburg, New York and Ganeshpuri, India, 1990-2001.