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Richard J. Powell, Professor of Art and Art History and John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, and Professor of African and African American Studies and Dean of the Humanities

Richard J. PowellSpecialization:

    Afro-American Art
    African Art
    Art of the United States

Research Interests:

Richard J. Powell received his Ph.D. from Yale University. His research and teaching interests lie in American art, African American art, and theories of race and representation in the African diaspora. He is also interested in the media arts and conceptualizations of the "folk" in world art and culture. His books include Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson and Black Art: A Cultural History.


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

Contact Info:

Office Location:  102 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708-6811
Email Address:   richard.powell@duke.edu
Web Page:   http://www.richardjpowell.com

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Arthist 283.01, African american art Synopsis
    East duke 209, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Richard J. Powell. "Freeman Henry Morris Murray: Emancipation and the Freed in American Sculpture." The Art Bulletin  vol. 95 (December, 2013): 646-649.
  2. Richard J. Powell. ""Foreword: Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Devotional Memorial"." Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial. Edited by Sarah Greenough & Nancy Anderson.  (2013): xv-185.
  3. Richard J. Powell. "Tanner and Transcendence".  edited by Anna O. MarleyBerkeley: University of California Press, (2012): 56-65.
  4. Richard J. Powell. "Herein Lie Buried Many Things: Screens, Entryways and Cabinets in Twentieth-Century Black Visual Discourse". Washington, DC: Smithsonian American Art Museum, (2012): 12-33.
  5. RJ Powell. African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond. (2012).