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Elizabeth V Carpenter

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Betsy Carpenter is an independent curator, writer, and educator. She worked as a curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center from 2001-2013. Exhibition highlights from her time at the Walker include Frida Kahlo (2007); Robert Irwin: Slant/Light/Volume (2009); Hélio Oiticica / Rirkrit Tiravanija: Contact (2010); Absentee Landlord (2011), a show she curated with filmmaker John Waters; Frank Gaard: Poison & Candy (2012); and Dance Works III: Merce Cunningham / Rei Kawakubo (2012). Prior to the Walker, Ms. Carpenter served on the curatorial team responsible for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum exhibition, Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective (1997). In 2001, as guest curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings, she curated Jim Dine Prints: 1985 - 2000 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for which she also wrote and edited a catalogue raisonné of Dine's graphic work from that period. Ms. Carpenter holds a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, an M.A. in Art History from the University of Minnesota, and an M.Phil. in Art History from the City University of New York Graduate Center (CUNY).

Educational Background

  • M.Phil.: Art History, City University New York Graduate Center, New York, NY.
  • M.A.: Art History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
  • B.A.: English, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.


  • Represented the Walker Art Center at a U.S. State Department dinner hosted by the White House Chief of Protocol that took place at the Blair House, Washington, DC, in recognition of the Frida Kahlo exhibition and the Walker’s international cross-cultural collaboration with Mexico, 2008

Courses Taught

  • ArtS 5400 Concepts and Practices
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