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Richard J. Powell

John Spencer Bassett Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History
Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708
114 Buchanan Blvd, Smith Warehouse, Bay 9, A287C, Durham, NC 27708

Overview


Richard J. Powell is John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art & Art History at Duke University, where he has taught since 1989.  He studied at Morehouse College and Howard University before earning his doctorate in art history at Yale University.  Along with teaching courses in American art, the arts of the African Diaspora, and contemporary visual studies, he has written extensively on topics ranging from primitivism to postmodernism, including such titles asHomecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson(1991),Black Art: A Cultural History(1997 & 2002), andCutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture(2008).

Current Appointments & Affiliations


John Spencer Bassett Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History · 1999 - Present Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies · 1998 - Present Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Director of Graduate Studies of Art, Art History & Visual Studies · 2024 - Present Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies · 2014 - Present African & African American Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications


Yale University · 1988 Ph.D.
Yale University · 1984 M.Phil.
Yale University · 1982 M.A.
Howard University · 1977 M.F.A.
Morehouse College · 1975 B.A.