B Stephen Carpenter II
Professor of Art Education and African American Studies
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B. Stephen Carpenter II is professor of art education and African American studies; co-director of the Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA); and chief executive artist for Reservoir Studio. His research interests include professional development through art for preK-12 educators, critical art education practices, and the global water crisis as curriculum. His mixed-media assemblages, installations, and performance artworks are vehicles to confront social issues and critique historical, cultural, and political constructs. Carpenter has authored and co-authored book chapters and journal articles on art education, visual culture, and curriculum theory. He is co-author of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching Art in High School (2006) and co-editor of Curriculum for a Progressive, Provocative, Poetic, and Public Pedagogy (2006). He is Senior Editor of Studies in Art Education (2017-2019); is a past editor of Art Education (2004-2006), a past co-editor of the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy (2010-2013); serves on the editorial review board of Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society and the international editorial review board for Curriculum Inquiry. Carpenter is a recipient of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Eugene Grigsby Award, an NAEA Distinguished Fellow, and a member of the advisory board for the International Child Art Foundation. Carpenter earned a B.F.A. degree in Visual Art from Slippery Rock University (’87) and M.Ed. (’89) and Ph.D. (’96) degrees in Art Education from The Pennsylvania State University.