Syd Carpenter

Syd Carpenter’s work celebrates the critical importance of family, home, community, and the earth’s bounty. It often relates to the history of African-American family farmers in the South as well as their present lives and contributions. She not only has a dedicated studio practice, but she also cultivates new generations of artists through teaching. “I don't believe artists make the decision to become artists. They are born. The hope is that they find the will to pursue their vision, an environment in which to develop, and a culture respectful of their contributions.” Carpenter earned her BFA in 1974 and MFA in 1976 at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has been a Professor of Studio Arts at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, since 1991.

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