B Stephen Carpenter II

  • Michael J. and Aimee Rusinko Kakos Dean, College of Arts and Architecture
  • Professor of Art Education and African American Studies

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B Carpenter


B. Stephen Carpenter II is Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture 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 pre-K-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.