Carolyn M Bloomer, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist specializing in contemporary Chinese culture. She has been engaged in field-research in mainland China since 1988, focusing on visual arts, film, education, and agriculture.
Having led and accompanied a number of cultural exchange groups to China, she has acquired a secondary specialty in how Americans interface with China.
Since 1992, her "regular job" has been Coordinator of the Cultural Beliefs Curriculum in the Liberal Arts Program at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota FL.
Carolyn is concerned with issues involving intercultural sensitivity and social responsibility in the convergence of visual perception, graphic design, and cross-cultural communication. She has written a number of articles for publications such as "Critique: The Magazine of Graphic Design Thinking" and "Adobe Magazine"; and has been an invited speaker and workshop leader for groups such as the International Institute for Information Design, Mead Paper Company, Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and Columbia College (Chicago) Department of Marketing.
For 16 years before earning her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1992), Carolyn was an exhibiting artist and taught studio art and art education in public schools and in higher education in the Art Departments of Monmouth University (New Jersey) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The first edition of her book PRINCIPLES OF VISUAL PERCEPTION (Van Nostrand Reinhold 1976) enjoyed 8 printings, and in 1987 was published in Chinese translation by Beijing University Press. A Second Revised Edition was published in 1990 by Design Press / McGraw-Hill. Both editions remain frequently cited in bibliographies and course readings in art, graphic design, psychology, media studies, journalism, and related fields.