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WAC Faculty & Artist: William Perthes

William M. Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes Foundation. Bill is an art historian whose scholarship focuses on Modernism, particularly in the United States, with a special concentration on the Abstract Expressionist painter Robert Motherwell. Bill has a background in philosophy, specifically John Dewey and American pragmatism. His recent work has focused on how experiences with works of art, both short and long term, can impact and inform fields as varied as business, medicine, and criminal justice.