Amy L. Powell

Position title: Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art


Krannert Art Museum
500 East Peabody Drive, MC 592
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Amy L. Powell 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 have included And yet my mask is powerful with Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Autumn Knight: In RehearsalAttachment, Time / Image, and Zina Saro-Wiwa: Did You Know We Taught Them How to Dance? She is preparing a retrospective exhibition of Louise Fishman’s works on paper. 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 John Pluecker. Her work has been supported by 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, where she earned a Ph.D. in art history in 2012