John Carson received his BFA and an Advanced Diploma in Fine Art from Ulster Polytechnic in Ireland and his MFA from California Institue of the Arts. His artwork includes live performances, installation and broadcast work on radio and television. He served as the Head of the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University from 2006 to 2016. He joined Carnegie Mellon from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where he was a Principal Lecturer in Fine Art and Course Director for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. He directed all stages of full-time and part-time curriculum development, organized the guest lecture program and a professional practice course component, and coordinated placements, external projects and international exchange.