Ezra Shales is an art historian, curator, author and artist who is a Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University; an MFA from Hunter College and a PhD from Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture. He is the author of Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Civic Identity in the Progressive Era (2010), which analyzes art as an expression of civic ideals. As a curator, he prepared two exhibitions opening in 2015, one at the Museum of Art and Design and the other at Alfred University, Alfred NY. He has exhibited his own work at the Brooklyn Museum, P.S. 1, Art in General, and Artists Space.