Anne Perry, Ph. D.


Work hard, then be detached and accept critique with as much objectivity as possible. Anne Perry , Writing and Humanities Instructor , The Art Institute of Dallas, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I’ve always been creative in multi-faceted ways, with writing, dance, drama, film, and visual art. At first, teaching was just a job, as I was working on various projects. But when I joined the faculty here, I found I could connect with students in a new way—their creativity and mine became linked. That’s sharpened my sense of professionalism and taken me in new directions.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

This example is actually outside the classroom: I produce a community painting project, bringing together artists from the community as well as students. We paint 4” x 8” panels and install them as public art on buildings in our town.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I have my students write their “art story”—about a time in their lives that woke them up to their own creative potential. It helps link their writing to their life, field, future endeavors, and dreams. Then they create a visual project related to the story and present both story and project to the class.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

Collaboration teaches us to work with others and to gain from their perspectives and strengths. It’s great in the classroom and, later, in the real world.

What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

Be trustworthy. Have intention and follow through so your goals will be achieved and others will trust you. Work hard, then be detached and accept critique with as much objectivity as possible.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I impart a sense of hope and awareness that students’ work contributes to the advancement of civilization.