CURRENT & FUTURE PROJECTS
November
1st Friday Art Murmur - November 3rd @Warehouse 416 Oakland, CA  6pm-10pm
Sacramento Arts Festival
November 3rd, 4th & 5th 2017  Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm

December
1st Friday Art Murmur - December 1st @Warehouse 416 Oakland, CA  6pm-10pm


PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Group Exhibitions 
Faith {In}Action?
Center for Arts, Faith & Culture, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, MN. Curators: Roderic Southall and Sheryl Schwyart. (Selection Panelists: Hawona Sullivan Janzen, Leola Johnson, and Jann Cather-Weaver).
January – April 2016  

Invisible Men: Black Male Artists on Art
Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA
January - February 2016

The Art of Living Black (TAOLB) 2014, 2015 & 2016
Richmond Arts Center, Richmond, CA
January – March 2015

Black History Month Show
Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA
February, 2015 

The Art of Living Black
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
January, 10 – March, 8 2015  

The Art of Living Black
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
March 2014 

Oakland Art Murmur
Uptown Body and Fender, Oakland, CA
July, November & December 2013 

Transformative Visions 2013 1 work exhibited
Presented by Onelife Institute, Oakland, CA
2013 

Black Coffee, Brown Couch: Stimulation for the Soul 15 works exhibited
Brown Couch Café, Oakland, CA
2013 

Solo Exhibitions
Taste & See - 9 works exhibited
Rosenblum Cellars, Oakland, CA
August, 2016

Featured Salon Artist
YWCA, Berkeley, CA
October, 2015 – January 2016 

Featured Salon Artist -16 works exhibited
Café Arrivederci, San Rafael, CA
January 3 – February 7, 2015

Curating Opportunities
NVA Contemporary Fine Art Show
Sponsored by Nvisble Atelier Art Group
Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA (Damon Powell – curator)
February 2017

Invisible Men: Black Male Artists on Art
Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA
January - February 2016

RESEARCH
Lectures & Presentations
Conjuring the Muse: Theologizing Inspiration & Imagination in the Arts
Paper presentation in the in the Re-Creation Track of the conference, Making Now sponsored by Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA)
Azusa, CA
June 2017

Aaron Douglas and the Sociological Imagination
Lecture presented as part of the Programming for Invisible Men: Black Male Artist on Art
Oakland, CA
February 2016 

The Aesthetics of Blackness: The Significance of Theology, Aesthetics and Blackness in the Black Arts Movement
Paper presentation in the Fine Arts section for the conference, Fifty Years: On Black Arts Movement (BAM) and its Influence.
Merced, California
March 2014  

From Creation to Crucifixion: Art Aesthetics and Religion in the Work of Aaron Douglas
National Association of African American Studies 21st Annual Conference
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
February 12, 2013 

The Art of Knowing: The Role of Cognition, Perception, and Aesthetics in Language and the Arts
Paper presentation in the Interdisciplinary Studies Section
Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters 2012 Annual Conference
Alma College - Alma Michigan
March 2, 2012

Visualizing the Sacred: The Aesthetics of Jesus in the Painting of Aaron Douglas
Black History Presentation Series, Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, San Francisco
February 15, 2009 

Art Focused Publications
The Aesthetics of Blackness: Theology, Aesthetics & Blackness in the Black Arts Movement
Forthcoming in: Journal of Pan African Studies. Vol. 10, No. 3 (2017) 

Meditatio: A Visual Meditation
Speaking on Art #12 in The Painter’s Tongue: The Search for Meaning in Art
http://tinyurl.com/speakingonart
December, 2014

The Crucifixion: Black American Religious Aesthetics & the Painting of Aaron Douglas
Black Theology: An International Journal Vol 12 No 2, (August, 2014): 161-185.

Telling It Like It Is: Social Realism and the Art of Aaron Douglas
The Art of Social Critique: Painting Mirrors of Social Life. Shawn Chandler Bingham ed. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012.

Works in Juried Publications
“When We Pray” in MFA Never 2016 Archive Project. (Jurors: Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen, Founder/Director of A Simple Collective, Donna Napper, Assistant Director of Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, and Brion Nuda Rosch, Artist & Studio Program Director for Minnesota Street Project). 

“Live in the Light III – Joy” American Art Collector 2016. Tom Palmer, ed. (Jurors: Howard Eige, Associate Professor California College of the Arts, and Jan Christensen-Heller, Owner Christensen Heller Gallery, Oakland, CA), Berkeley, CA: Alcove Books, September 2015 

“Resurrection of Love” 3 piece series in: Bay Area Art – Today. Mark Dougherty, ed. (Jurors: Donna Reine Taylor, former board member for the International Society of interior Designers, Richard Prahm, Creative Director at Idle Hands Design Studio, and Jon Francis Animation Director at Idle Hands Studio), San Rafael, CA: Mark J. Dougherty Publishing, October 2015 

INTERVIEWS
Visualizations, Theology and Art w/Damon Powell, on the Artsy Now Show
The Atrepreneur Now. Heath Armstrong, owner and editor.
April 23, 2015 (podcast)
http://artsynow.com/damonpowell/

BOARDS & COMMISSIONS
Jurist
“Don’t Turn Your Back On AIDS” – High School Art Exhibit and Competition
An Annual Exhibit and Art Competition sponsored by the Flowers Heritage Foundation and Ramsell Holding Corporation
April, 2013 to April 2015

Cultural Affairs Commissioner
Appointed by the Mayor of Oakland, California to serve on the city’s Cultural Arts Commission
City of Oakland, California
January 1, 2010 – August 2012

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
2016-2017                   Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA)
2016-2017                   International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA)
2015 – Present             NVisible Atelier
2008-20009                 Society for Theological Aesthetics
2004-2005                   Artists Guild (Northern California Division)
1992-1994                   International Association of Visual Artists


EDUCATION
1998-2008       Graduate Theological Union, Ph.D.
Emphasis: Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in African-American Theology and Art.
Dissertation: Black Is Beautiful: An Exploration in Black Theology, Aesthetics, and Art

1993-1996       Payne Theological Seminary, MDiv. 1996
Emphasis: Systematic Theology with a secondary concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling
Thesis: The Color of Earth: An Exploration in Black Theology and Earth Spirituality

1986-1990       Kansas City Art Institute, Bachelor of Fine Arts 1990
Major: Illustration and Design with a secondary concentration in Graphic Arts
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