M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1982 - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Thesis Topic: “Design Considerations for Masonite Die Constructions”

B.F.A. Cleveland Institute of Art, 1978 - Cleveland, Ohio
Major: Metalsmithing, Minor: Fibers

Additional Courses:

“Chasing and Repousse’”, Nancy Megan Corwin, NHIA, 2010
“Hydraulic Die Forming” (Cynthia Eid, Phil Poireir, at Poirier Studios, Taos, New Mexico 2009
“Chain-making” ( Jean Stark), Haystack Mt, School of Crafts 2007
"Advanced Stone Setting" (Blaine Lewis), Kate Wolf Studio 2005
"First “Masters Class” in Precious Metal Clay, (Tim McCreight), Maine College of Art 1996
“Fold Forming”, (Charles Lewton Brain), North Country Studio ConferenceEnfield, N.H. 1993
“Environmental Sculpture”, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina 1991
“Metalsmithiing”, Haystack Mt. School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine1977, 84, 85
“Metalsmithiing” Haystack/Hinckley School of Crafts, Hinckley, Maine 1973

Honors, awards and scholarships:

Individual Artist’s Fellowship Grant, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts1994
Joe Tucker Memorial Scholarship, League of NH Craftsmen 1991
Haystack Mt. School of Crafts, Tuition grant in exchange for technical assistance, (monitor) 1984,85
Cranbrook Academy of Art, partial tuition scholarships 1980,81
Cleveland Institute of Art, advanced placement to second year 1974


Professional Metalsmith
1983 - Current - Operator of “Alan Perry - Metalsmithing”, dealing with: one of a kind works for galleries and shows, commissions, and antique restorations.

Instructor, Current since 2008 (Part-time) BFA elective classes and Pre-College classes at New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH

Assistant Professor, Maine College of Art (Formerly Portland School of Art), Portland, Maine
1987 - 2006 (interim Dept.. Head 1993/94 and 1996/97 years). In the position of Continuing Part Time faculty, I have taught all levels of jewelry and metalsmithing.

1987 - 1992 Continuing Education - Intro. to Jewelry and Metalsmithing.

Workshop Instructor

New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH

“Fold-forming” April 2010
“Cold Connedtions” 2009
“Little Boxes” Sept – December, 2008

Haystack Mt. School of Crafts - Deer Isle, Maine

“Words, Images, Textures, Forms” Sept. 5-9, 2001
“Spoons and Other Small Rituals” June 28 - July 10, 1998
“Spoons” - (Open Door Session), ) October 1993

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts - Gattlinburg, Tennessee

“Toys from the Attic’ - June 9-13, 1997

Penland School of Crafts - Penland, North Carolina

"Vessels that Pour" May 28 - June 9, 2006
"2-D to 3-D" - June 11-23, 2000
"Small Rituals" - July 7-21, 1996
"Vessels" - June 13-24, 1994

Southwest School of Art and Craft - San Antonio, Texas

"Simple Oil Lamps" - October 14-15, 2000

Visiting Artist:

University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth) 1999
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia 1995


“Soul 2 Soul” Concert Stage model ( 3’x4’ garden sculpture for Faith Hill and Tim Mcgraw). Commissioned by the “Creative Arts Group” and the “Iron Gate”, Nashville, TN 2007
“Priority Producer’s Club Award”, Limited Edition of 155 pewter oil lamps for Merrill Lynch Insurance  Group, 1995
“MECA Award”, 3-5 awards given out to award “excellence, leadership, and community service in the arts.”  (Annual 1997 - 2004
Institute for Family-Owed Business Award), 2-3 awards, (annual 2000 - 2009)
Maine Percent for Art commission: 5 lamps designed and made for Southern Maine Technical
 College’s Peter McKernan Hospitality Center, 1993

Museum Collections:

Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH

Publications (illustrating work):

“Creative Stonesetting” – John Cogswell, Brynmorgan Press 2008
"Design Language - Interpretive Edition", Tim McCreight 2006
“1000 Rings”, Lark Books 2004
“The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes and Lockets” - Tim McCreight 1999
“American Style” magazine, “The Functional Vase” - an article on the Yaw Gallery’s Vase Show, Fall 1998
“Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing” - Tim McCreight 1997
“Hospitality Design” magazine, March/ April 1995

Selected Exhibitions:

“Faculty Exhibit” New Hampshire Institute of Art – Manchester, NH 2008
“Faculty Exhibit” Maine College of Art, (Annual 1987-2002, biennial 2003 – 2005)
"This is Not Paul Revere's Silver", Feb. 24 -March 30, 2000. Cambridge Artist Co-op, Cambridge, MA
“The Knife, The Fork, The Spoon: Serving Pieces 1999” Yaw Gallery - Birmingham, MI and J. Cotter Gallery, Vail, Colorado
“The Functional Vase Project”, Yaw Gallery - Birmingham, MI, SOFA New York and Chicago 1998
“Drawn Together” - Juried alumnae show at Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio 1998, 1997 ($1,000 juror’s award)
“Artisans in Silver” 1995, 94, 93, Society of American Silversmiths, (annual traveling exhibition), National Ornamental Metals Museum Memphis, TN, (and others)
“Masterworks” by the League of NH Craftsmen, Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
“New Directions: Contemporary Art from the Currier”, Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH 1994
“Copper 3”, Old Pueblo Museum - Tucson Arizona 1992
“Metalsmithing at Cranbrook, Three and One Half Decades 1948 - 1982” Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum - Bloomfield Hills, MI 1982
“Statements in Sterling”, Nelson Gallery - Kansas City, Missouri and American Craft Museum, New York, NY 1981 (honorable mention)