B Stephen Carpenter II
Interim Director, Professor of Art Education and African American Studies
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B. Stephen Carpenter II is Interim Director of the School of Visual Arts and Professor of Art Education and African American Studies. He is also Co-Director of the Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA) and Chief Executive Artist for Reservoir Studio. During the 2017-2018 academic year, he was Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence, MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology and Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and Artist and Learner in Residence, Easterly Parkway Elementary School. Steve’s research in art education spans curriculum theory; professional development for preK-12 teachers through contemporary art; public pedagogy, participatory art practices, and socially engaged art practice; critical art education studies; and the global water crisis as curriculum and social action. His mixed-media and performance artworks confront and disrupt social, historical, cultural, and political constructs. He is co-editor of Professional Development in Art Museums: Strategies of Engagement Through Contemporary Art (2018), The Palgrave Handbook of Race and the Arts in Education (2018), Curriculum for a Progressive, Provocative, Poetic, and Public Pedagogy (2006), and co-author of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching Art in High School (2006). Steve is Senior Editor of Studies in Art Education (2017-2019), and served previously as co-editor of the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy (2010-2013), and editor of Art Education (2004-2006). He is a member of the international editorial board of Curriculum Inquiry and a National Art Education Association (NAEA) Distinguished Fellow.