About Dr. Powell
Amy L. Powell (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is curator of modern and contemporary art at Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research engages contemporary art with a commitment to university art museums as sites for knowledge production and experimentation. Her exhibitions at KAM include A Question of Emphasis: Louise Fishman Drawing, And yet my mask is powerful with Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Autumn Knight: In Rehearsal, Zina Saro-Wiwa: Did You Know We Taught Them How to Dance?, and the group exhibitions Attachment and Time / Image. In 2019, she opened KAM’s permanent collection gallery dedicated to modern and contemporary art titled Art Since 1948. Previously Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow at Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, she organized solo projects with Zineb Sedira, Clarissa Tossin, and Anna Campbell. Her exhibition Antena @ Blaffer featured a bookspace, group exhibition, and public programs with the language experimentation and language justice collaborative Antena, comprised of poets/translators/activist interpreters Jen Hofer and JD Pluecker. Her work has been supported by The Henry Luce Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.