History of the ODU Art Department/Booker Stephen Carpenter
Booker Stephen Carpenter, II
Booker Stephen Carpenter, II (born April 27, 1965) is an American artist, art education professor, director of Reservoir Studio , and Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University. 
Carpenter earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Visual Art at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 1987. His advisor was Richard Wukich. He went on to earn a Masters of Education in Art Education in 1989 and a Ph.D in Art Education, both at The Pennsylvania State University. The title of his dissertation is A Meta-critical Analysis of Ceramics Criticism for Art Education: Toward an Interpretive Methodology. His dissertation advisor was Dr. Marjorie Wilson.
Dr. Carpenter’s experience, in chronological order, includes:
-2020 to present, Dean of the School of Visual Arts, The Pennsylvania State University
Co-Director (with Dr. Simone Osthoff), SoVA Studio for Sustainability and Social Action (SoVA S3A), The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
-2019–present, Director, Summer Institute on Contemporary Art
-2018 to 2019, Interim Director, Penn State School of Visual Arts
-2015 to 2019, Professor of Art Education and African American Studies (tenured)
-2011 to 2015, Professor of Art Education (tenured), Art Education Program, Penn State School of Visual Arts, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
-2015 to 2018, Founding Faculty, Summer, MAT/MA in Art & Design Education, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT
-2012 to 2018, Co-Director (with Dr. Dana Carlisle Kletchka), Summer Institute on Contemporary Art, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
-2010 to 2012, Associate Adjunct Professor, joint appointment, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Bryan, TX
-2005 to 2011, Associate Professor of Art Education and Visual Culture (tenured), Department of Teaching, Learning & Culture, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
-2005-Visiting Associate Professor, Summer Leadership Academy
-2006-Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA
-2002-Associate Professor of Art Education (tenured) and Interim Chair (Fall 2004),
-2005-Department of Art Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
-1995-Associate Professor of Art (Fall 2001, tenured) and Assistant Professor of Art (1995-2001)
-2002-Art Education Program Director, Department of Art (1995-2002), Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
-1996-Faculty Member, Summer Professional Development Teacher Institute
-2005-Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
-1996-Instructor, Virginia Commonwealth University Norfolk, VA (Off-campus)
-1995-Ceramics Instructor, Youth and Adult classes. Community Education Program, State College (PA) Area School District
-1994-Visual Art Instructor and Ceramics Instructor, Summer Arts Adventure Day Camp, Hetzel Union Arts and Crafts 1995 Center, The Pennsylvania State University
-1992-Instructor, Graduate Teaching Assistant, and Supervisor
-1995-The Pennsylvania State University
-1989-Art Specialist: K-12, Special Education, and Evening High School
-1991-Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland
Other art related experiences include positions as Curator such as 1998 Curator: “Emerging Visions: A Group Exhibition.” The d'ART Center, Norfolk, VA and 1997 Curator: “(re)search (re)vision (re)construct: a contemporary visual dialogue” Old Dominion University Gallery, Norfolk, VA. Carpenter has spoken at a variety of professional workshops and events, both internationally and regionally. Carpenter is both a co-author and an author of an assortment of book chapters, journal articles, books, and essays on topics such as art education, ceramics criticism, visual culture, etc. Currently, Carpenter operates as Associate Professor of Art Education and Visual Culture at Texas A & M University.
While serving at ODU, Carpenter’s most momentous recollection was the opening of the ODU Art Gallery on 21st Street.
To find additional information on Carpenter visit these links.
Examples of WORKS & PUBLICATIONS
Kraehe, A., Gaztambide-Fernandez, R., and Carpenter, B. S. (2018). The Palgrave Handbook of Race and the Arts in Education. London, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan.
Kletchka, D. C. and Carpenter, B. S. (2018). Strategies of engagement through contemporary art: Professional development in museums for preK-12 art teachers. Alexandria, VA: National Art Education Association.
Taylor, P. G., Carpenter, B. S., Ballengee-Morris, C., & Sessions, B. (2006). Interdisciplinary approaches to teaching art in high school. Reston, VA: The National Art Education Association.
Milam, J., Springgay, S., Sloan, K., and Carpenter, B. S. (Eds.)(2006). Curriculum for a Progressive, Provocative, Poetic, and Public Pedagogy: Selected Papers from the Sixth Annual Conference on Curriculum and Pedagogy. Troy, NY: Educators International Press
Taylor, P. G., Carpenter, B. S., Ballengee-Morris, C., and Sessions, B. (2006). Interdisciplinary Issues and Approaches in High School Art Education. Reston, VA: The National Art Education Association.
Examples of Articles in refereed and peer reviewed journals by Carpenter
Taylor, P. G. and Carpenter, B. S. (2007). Mediating Art Education: Digital Kids, Art, and Technology. Visual Arts Research, 92-103.
Carpenter, B. S., Bey, S., and Smith, M. M. (2007). Inspirational Clay Studio Practices and Visiting Artists: Products and Altar Installations. The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, Vol. 25, 25-37.
Taylor, P. G. and Carpenter, B. S. (2007). Hypermediated Art Criticism. The Journal of Aesthetic Education, 41(3), 124.
Springgay, S. and Carpenter, B. S. (2007). “Unframing” Arts Based Research: New Directions and Conversations. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.
Carpenter, B. S. (2007). Ceramics as Hypertext and Curriculum: Malcolm Mobutu Smith’s Complex and Complicated Clay Conversations. Terracotta. (http://www.terracottamag.com/wp/)
Carpenter, B. S. (2006). Whose Line is it Anyway?: Visual Culture Spaces as Learning Environments. Visual Arts Research, 32(2), 69 -72.
Carpenter, B. S. and Taylor, P. G. (2006). Making Meaningful Connections: Interactive Computer Hypertext in Art Education. Computers in the Schools. . . the interdisciplinary journal of practice, theory, and applied research, Volume: 23 Issue: 1/2, 149 -161.
Taylor, P. G. and Carpenter, B. S. (2005). Digital Kids and Visual Culture: Art Education and Curriculum in an Age of Immersive Digital Technology. Cultuur + Educatie, De beeldcultuur van kinderen, internationale kinderkunst na het modernisme, Nr. 15. Cultuurnetwerk Nederland, Utrecht, 47 -62. (Reeks Cultuur + Educatie 15. http://www.cultuurnetwerk.org/publicaties/cpluse.asp).
Taylor, P. G. & Carpenter, B. S. (2005). Computer Hypertextual “Uncovering” in Art Education. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia. Vol. 14, Issue 1, 25 -45.
Carpenter, B. S. (2004). I Love You Once a Year: My Funny Valentine. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. 1(2), 8 -13.
Carpenter, B. S. & Langston, L. P. (2004). Engaging Contemporary Art Students: Making Meaning in a Visual World. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. 1(2), 74-78.
Carpenter, B. S. & Taylor, P. G. (2003). Racing Thoughts: Altering Our Ways of Knowing and Being Through Computer Hypertext. Studies in Art Education, 45(1), 40-55.
Carpenter, B. S. (2003). Never a Dull Moment: Pat’s Barbershop as Educational Environment, Hypertext, and Place. The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, vol. 21. 5-18.
Carpenter, B. S. (2003). Emerging Artist: Dori Lemeh. Art & Antiques. February, 46-49.
Carpenter, B. S. (2002). Wildenhain: Ripples on the Pond. Ceramics: Art and Perception, Vol. 50, 57-60.
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Taylor, P. G. & Carpenter, B. S. (2002). Inventively Linking: Teaching and Learning with Computer Hypertext. Art Education, 55(4), 6-12.
Carpenter, B. S. (2002). The Stories of Flo Oy Wong: A Visiting Artist Workshop. Art Education, 55(1).
-1996 Mumbo Jumbo: A Rough Draft of Visual Texts. Central Fidelity Bank Gallery, 100 World Trade Center, Norfolk, VA
-1995 Tokens, Types and Tests: A Sampler of (Recent) Stuff. Gallery 304, Patterson Building, The Pennsylvania State University, PA
-1994 Distortions, Distractions and Intentions: Works in Clay. Gallery 304, Patterson Building, The Pennsylvania State University, PA
-1989 Works in Clay, M.Ed. Exhibition, Pattee Library, Pennsylvania State University, PA
-2008 Slippery Rock Alumni Exhibition, Braddock Library Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA Potable Art: Ceramic Water Filter Receptacles, University of Dallas, Dallas, TX
-2007 Potable Art: Ceramic Water Filter Receptacles, J. Wayne Stark Galleries, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
-2004 Anonymous Returns, Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran, Washington, D. C. Multiple Choice: Works in Combined Media, d’ART Center, Norfolk, VA
-2003 4th Biennale Internazionale dell’arte Contemporanea (Florence Biennale), Florence, Italy
-Faculty Focus, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, VA
-B Stephen Carpenter, II The Cyber Kitchen, net.installation. http://www.the-cyber-kitchen.com/dishwasherphor1.html
-2002 2nd Annual Schwa Show, Emerge Gallery, Greenville, NC
-Sculptors/Scholars, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA
-Clay in Combination, d’ART Center, Norfolk, VA
-Aunt Jemima vs. Betty Crocker. An Evolving Exhibition, with Sean StarWars. The Bondurant Art Center Gallery, Radford University, Radford, VA
-2001 3rd Biennale Internazionale dell’arte Contemporanea (Florence Biennale), Florence, Italy
-Content and Form: Poetics in Ceramic Art, Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth, VA
-Contemporary African American Ceramics, Afro American Cultural Center, Charlotte, NC
-African American Invitational, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
-2000 Dimensions of Self, Shooting Star Gallery, Suffolk, VA
-Dark Humor, The Plant Visual Arts Center, Norfolk, VA
-Celebration of Peoplehood, Art Atrium II and Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth, VA
-that was then -this is now, Invitational Group Exhibition, Old Dominion University Gallery, Norfolk, VA
-Aunt Jemima vs. Betty Crocker. Recent works by Sean StarWars & B.S.Carpenter, II, The Plant Visual Art Center, Norfolk, VA
-1999 NATO Exhibition, Webb Center, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
-Still-Life: Point of Departure, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
-Underwraps, Invitational Group Exhibition, The d'ART Center, Norfolk, VA
-Emerging Artists: Young Virginia Artists, Invitational Exhibition, The Twentieth Century Gallery, Williamsburg, VA
-Malcolm Mobutu Smith & Booker Stephen Carpenter, II, Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
-1998 Penn State Alumni Exhibition, The Clay Works, Baltimore, MD
-Emerging Visions: A Group Exhibition, Invitational Group Exhibition, The d'Art Center, Norfolk, VA
-Reinventing the Wheel, Invitational Group Exhibition, The d'ART Center, Norfolk, VA
-Expression and Interpretation: Malcolm Mobutu Smith & Booker Stephen Carpenter, II, Manchester Craftsman's Guild, Pittsburgh, PA
-1997 Self-Portraits: The Other Face, Invitational Group Exhibition. The d'ART Center, Norfolk, VA
-In Touch For a Decade, Invitational Group Exhibition. Wise Gallery, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA
-B Stephen Carpenter, II (re)search (re)vision (re)construct: a contemporary visual dialogue, Old Dominion University Gallery, Norfolk, VA
-Expanding Visions for Virginia Black Artists, Daura Gallery, Lynchburg College, VA
-1992 Cat Food Be Not Proud: A Dialogue, Group Exhibition, Chambers Building Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University, PA
-1990 Slippery Rock University Alumni Exhibition, Slippery Rock University, PA
-1989 Penn State University Student/Faculty Exhibition, Gallerie Nadeau, Philadelphia, PA
-1988 Clay in the East IV Exhibition, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
-1987 B.F.A. Exhibition, Art Building Gallery, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, PA