B. Stephen Carpenter II is interested in the uses of social media and participatory inquiry, professional development for PK-12 art teachers and museum educators, and the global water crisis as curriculum. His visual artwork originated in ceramics but has since expanded to include assemblages, installations, and performance artworks that confront social, 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 a past editor of Art Education, the journal of the National Art Education Association, (2004-2006); a past co-editor of the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy (2010-2013); and is associate editor of Studies in Art Education (2015-2017). He is a member of the editorial review board of Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society; serves on the international editorial review board for Curriculum Inquiry, and is an NAEA Distinguished Fellow.
He holds a B.F.A. in Visual Art from Slippery Rock University, and M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in Art Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He is Professor of Art Education and Professor in Charge of the Art Education Program at Penn State; chief executive artist for Reservoir Studio, a social action collective; and co-director of the Summer Institute on Contemporary Art at Penn State.