Syd Carpenter received her MFA in 1976 from the Tyler School of Art. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery Smithsonian Institute, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, James A. Michener Museum of Art, Jengdezhen Ceramic Institute in China as well as numerous public and private collections. She is a recipient Pew Fellowship in the Arts, the National Endowment for the arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Fellowships in the Arts and Cfeva's Visual Artist Fellowship. Carpenter has bee a guest artist at the Haystack Mountain School, Penland School, Anderson Ranch, Chicago Art Institute, Dickenson College, Hollins University, Howard University, Millersville University, University of Delaware and other academic institutions and art centers. Currently, she is a professor of Studio Art, Swarthmore College. She has recently had a solo exhibition at theAfrican American Museum of Philadelphia, “More Places of Our Own,” “Creative Hand Discerning Heart,” at the James A Michener Museum, and“Faces of Politics”, at the Fuller Museum in Boston.