B Stephen Carpenter II is dean of the College of Arts and Architecture and professor of Art Education and African American Studies at Penn State. He is co-director of the Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA), chief executive artist for Reservoir Studio, (an interdisciplinary research, development, and pedagogy collective); and founding co-director of the Studio for Sustainability and Social Action (S3A). Before becoming dean of the College, Steve served as interim director of the School of Visual Arts.
His research interests include curriculum theory; professional development through art for preK-12 educators; public pedagogy, social engagement, and participatory art practices; critical art education studies; and the global water crisis as curriculum. His mixed-media assemblages, installations, and performance artworks confront and disrupt social, historical, cultural, and political constructs.
An author and co-author of book chapters and journal articles on art education, visual culture, and curriculum theory, Steve is co-author of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching Art in High School (with Pamela G. Taylor, Christine Ballengee Morris, and Billie Sessions; 2006), and co-editor of Curriculum for a Progressive, Provocative, Poetic, and Public Pedagogy (with Jennifer Milam, Stephanie Springgay, and Kris Sloan; 2006), Professional Development in Art Museums: Strategies of Engagement Through Contemporary Art (with Dana Carlisle Kletchka; 2018), and The Palgrave Handbook of Race and the Arts in Education (with Amelia (Amy) Kraehe and Rubén Gaztambide Fernandez; 2018). He is a past senior editor of Studies in Art Education (2017-2019), a past co-editor of the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy (2010-2013) and a past editor of Art Education (2004-2006).