Ross Bresler is a professor in the liberal arts department at Berklee College of Music, where he has been teaching art history since 1998. For the past decade, he has also served as the executive director of the ProArts Consortium, a Boston-based collective of arts schools that includes Berklee College of Music, The Boston Conservatory, The Boston Architectural College, Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Working with painters, musicians, poets, sculptors, dancers, teachers, and designers in his ProArts role has greatly informed his teaching. Ross has always placed a strong emphasis on the historical context within which works of art were created. He is a firm believer in the idea that WE ARE WHAT WE MAKE. That is, the most powerful way to understand a culture is to look at not only the paintings and buildings that people constructed, but also at the music and poetry they composed, the literature they wrote, and the theater they performed. Ross holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University and master's and doctorate degrees from Boston University.