EXHIBITIONS
Group Exhibitions
RAW: MAGNIFY
RAW Artist Collective
1015 Folsom, San Francisco, CA
April 2018

The Art of Living Black 2018 (TAOLB)
Recipient of the Jan Hart Schuyers Award and featured artist for 2018
Presented by: The Art of Living Black (TAOLB) & the Richmond Art Center (Steven Hopkins TAOLB Inc. President, and Ric 
Ambrose Director – Richmond Art Center).
January -March, 2018

Contemporary Evolution
Sponsored by Nvisble Atelier Art Group
Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA (Damon Powell – curator)
February 2018

Ask. Listen. Journey
Sponsored by: Roughhewn People (Adam Nelson – Creative Director)
Gallery of South Park Church, Park Ridge, IL
February 4- March 4, 2017

Art Passages
Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (Heather Piazza – curator)
San Mateo County Courthouse
February 4 – March 26, 2017

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

Fine Arts Galleria Exhibition (Prize Winner)
San Mateo County Fair Arts Pavilion, San Mateo County, CA. Boris Koodrin, Director. (Selection Committee: Boris Koodrin, Rusty 
Sterling, and Ryann Murrin-DeSouza).
June 11-19, 2016

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 - 2017
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

Student Show, 2 works exhibited,
Student Works Show, Center for Religion and the Arts,
Bade Museum, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
2001

George Washington Carver Center for the Arts
George Washington Carver Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO
1998

All that Jazz: A Tribute To Jay McShan 2 pieces exhibited
Folley Theatre, Kansas City, MO
1996
The Art of Knowing 3 pieces exhibited
The Ritz Gallery, Washington D.C.
1992

Summer Exhibition Series 2 pieces exhibited
Wetherholt Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1991

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

Featured Salon Artist – 8 works exhibited
YWCA, Berkeley, CA
October, 2015 – January 2016

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

Art from the Underside (solo exhibition) 15 works exhibited
Deep Sole, Oakland, California
2002

Catch the Vision (solo exhibition), 12 works exhibited,
Expressions Gallery, Oakland, CA
1999

Festival Exhibition Vending
Sacramento Arts Festival
Sacramento, CA
October, 2017

San Carlos Art and Wine festival
San Carlos, CA
October 2017

Lafayette Art and Wine Festival
Lafayette, CA
September, 2017

Martinez Blues festival
Martinez, CA
September, 2017

Mountain View Art and Wine Festival
Mountain View, CA
September, 2017

Burlingame Art and Wine Festival
Burlingame, CA
August, 2017

Fremont Art and Wine Festival
Fremont, CA
July, 2017

Montclair Art and Wine Festival
Montclair, CA
June 2017

Art on the Square
Redwood City, CA
June, 2017

Alameda Art & Wine Festival
Alameda, CA
June 2017

Curating Opportunities
Contemporary Evolution
Sponsored by Nvisble Atelier Art Group
Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA (Damon Powell – curator)
February 2018

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 (Damon Powell – curator)
January - February 2016

AWARDS
“Winds of Hope” (winner) Jan Hart Schuyers Award featured artist for 2018
Presented by: The Art of Living Black (TAOLB) & the Richmond Art Center (Steven Hopkins TAOLB Inc. President, and Ric 
Ambrose Director – Richmond Art Center).
February 4, 2017

“Winds of Hope” 1st place winner in the Carry the Light Watercolor category,
“Ebb & Flow” 2nd place winner in the Abstract Works on Paper category,
“When We Pray” Honorable Mention in the Works on Paper category.
Presented by: The San Mateo County Fair Arts Pavilion, San Mateo County, CA. Boris Koodrin, Director. (Selection Committee: 
Boris Koodrin, Rusty Sterling, and Ryann Murrin-DeSouza).
June 13, 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
Azusa, CA
June 2017

Aaron Douglas and the Sociological Imagination
Lecture given 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

Visual Journaling as Prayer and Spiritual Practice (workshop presenter)
Freeing the Imagination: Creativity as Christian Spiritual Practice, Graduate Theological Union,
2003

Art Focused Journal Publications
The Aesthetics of Blackness: Theology, Aesthetics & Blackness in the Black Arts Movement
Forthcoming in: Journal of Pan African Studies. Vol. 11 No. 6, April (2018):

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.

The Creation Tryptic: Goddess, Terra, and Humanity
Damon Powell Artist and Theologian
August 2014
https://dpartistandtheologian.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/the-creation-tryptic-goddess-terra-humanity/

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 of Art 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
HIV, Art & Activism with Damon Powell – Artist & Theologian
The Show. Dr. Raymond Gonzales owner and host
December 12, 2016

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/

TEACHING
Specializations
Theological Aesthetics, Artistic Expression & Religion, Aesthetic Theory, Creativity & Spirituality, African-American Aesthetics & 
Cultural Theory, Artistic Practice & Ministry, Life Drawing, Watercolor Painting, Visual Journaling, Creativity Theory, Artistic 
Production as Spiritual Practice

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

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 - Present             Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA)
2016 - Present             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

CAREER HISTORY
Graphic Designer
Pen Prints – Grandview, Missouri
1997

Art Instructor
Kansas City School District – Kansas City, Missouri
1997

Illustrator
Pel Industries – Rogers, Arkansas
1992

Graphic Designer
Group 53 Consultants – Kansas City, Missouri
1993
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