As the only art historian at Tennessee Tech, Carol teaches a wide variety of classes, including Art History I, Art History II, Art Since 1900, History of Craft I, History of Craft II, Mesoamerican Art, Art Tour, and Art Appreciation.
Dr. Carol Ventura began teaching in the Department of Music and Art in 1994. Her academic background includes art history, ceramics, fiber art, photography, and printmaking. As the only art historian at TTU, Carol teaches a wide variety of classes. Her special area of interest, however, is craft history. Her research at home and abroad has been supported by the US Department of State, Fulbright, Fulbright - Hays, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Spain's Ministry of Culture, and TTU.
Carol's scholarly papers have been published in Ancient Mesoamerica, Archaeoastronomy, Ars Textrina, and the Journal of Ethnobiology. Her articles can be found in American Lutherie, Anvil's Ring, Bead & Button, Beadwork, Crochet Fantasy, Crochet World, Ceramic Review, FiberArts, Handwoven, Ornament, PieceWork, Shuttle Spindle & Dypot, Whispering Wind, and Woodcarving Magazine. Carol's books include Maya Hair Sashes Backstrap Woven in Jacaltenango, More Tapestry Crochet, and Bead & Felted Tapestry Crochet.
Besides teaching art appreciation and art history in the classroom, Carol has led several groups to Europe and China to "see the real thing." She is also an exhibiting artist.