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William J. Carpenter. Photo: Courtesy of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Names William J. Carpenter Executive Director

William J. Carpenter has been appointed the executive director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He comes to SECCA from High Point University, where he was most recently professor of English and director of the Honors Scholars Program. Carpenter will take up the post on June 3.

“Dr. Carpenter will bring renewed attention to SECCA’s contributions to the field of contemporary art by celebrating its history while emphasizing the multidisciplinary nature of art today and inviting reflection on the ideas that shape our time,” said Valerie Hillings, director of the affiliate institution the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA). “The NCMA team and I look forward to working with Dr. Carpenter and the SECCA staff to fulfill our shared objective of creating inclusive experiences and opportunities for our visitors to activate their own creative potential by connecting with art, nature, and other people.”

Carpenter joined the High Point University faculty in August 2009 as an English professor and director of the High Point University writing program. Previously, he led the writing program and was chair of the English department at the University of Illinois, Springfield. Carpenter earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas. Commenting on his new role, he said: “I’m excited to join SECCA and to help it partner with schools, families, and organizations across the region to strengthen arts education and to connect audiences with artists and scholars.”

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