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Syd Carpenter

Peggy Chan Professor Emerita of Black Studies

Emeritus Art


  2. Phone: (610) 328-8069
  3. Beardsley Hall 217
Syd Carpenter


B.F.A., M.F.A., Tyler School of Art

Area of Specialization



ARTT 011 Ceramics I
​ARTT 020 Ceramics II: The Potter's Wheel
ARTT 022 Ceramics II: The Container as Architecture
ARTT 025 Ceramics II: Form and Design fir the Potter
ARTT 090 Senior Workshop I
ARTT 091 Senior Workshop II 
ARTT 800 Ceramics I: Interpreting Narrative Through Creation with Clay and Language

Biographical Statement

Working as an artist has been the source of all that has been meaningful and a source of joy in my life. Art is my common ground around which revolves my interaction with family, teaching and community. The enthusiasm and commitment I bring to my teaching is an outcome of the level to which I am engaged in my art while community involvement allows me to share the value I place on the visual with those who may otherwise disregard its impact upon their lives. Family is a constant source of inspiration both as image and encouragement. 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.

Syd Carpenter's work is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Atlantic Richfield Corporation, Nabisco Brands, the University of Illinois, Art in General, New York, Philadelphia Convention Center, Bell Atlantic Corporation, Canton Ohio Museum of Art, Erie Museum of Art, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen China,and in numerous private collections.

Exhibitions / Gallery Affiliations


Solo Exhibit: "More Places of Our Own", Philadelphia African American Museum, April 25 - August 13, 2014
"Earth and Alchemy", Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
"Mahalia: Queen of Gospel Music", Dallas Museum of African American Art, Dallas, TX
"Informed by Fire", Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
"Garden as Muse", Walton Art Center, Fayetteville, AR
Solo Exhibit: "A Place of Our Own" Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Informed by Fire: Highlights of American Ceramics", Philadelphia Museum of Art 
"Chemistry of Color" Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia ,South Carolina
"Shades of Clay", Museum of Texas Tech University
Solo Exhibition , Ganser Gallery, Millersville University , Millersville Pennsylvania
Solo Exhibit: "Impregnable Direction", Hampton University Museum
John Jay College, New York, New York

"Syd Carpenter: Menagerie"
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
Wilmington, DE
Syd Carpenter: Menagerie

Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Syd Carpenter: Remedy"  

NCECA, Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD  
"Syd Carpenter: Ceramic Sculpture"



First Collection 2010: Syd Carpenter

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