Alan Powell has been working as a visual artist for over thirty years. From 1971 until the mid 1990’s he worked almost exclusively with video and electronic imaging. Powell was a founding member of the Electron Movers, Providence, Rhode Island’s first Media Arts Center after completing a BFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.
His video work in collaboration with his partner Connie Coleman spans the past thirty years and has been exhibited at The Kitchen, The Alternative Museum, and The Museum of the Moving Image in New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia; The Long Beach Museum in California and the Musee d’Arte Moderne in Paris.Their videotapes have been broadcast on Swiss, Danish and Japanese television and in the United States on the Learning Channel and PBS. Their video work has recently been featured at the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pa, and the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, N.J.
In 1996 Alan Powell and his partner Connie Coleman started traveling to Mexico and other parts of Central America to experience first hand the clash between the expanding global economy and the poverty of developing countries, Working with Discovery Service Projects, an inter faith mission project similar to Habitat for Humanity, Coleman and Powell have build hurricane shelters, rebuilt hospitals and built medical centers in Mexico. Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. In the Spring of 2006 Coleman and Powell took a group of Arcadia University students to work within the Mayan Community building houses for those displaced by the recent hurricanes. The personal Art work of Alan Powell has evolved to included painting, photography as well as video.
Powell, A. (March 2007). Exhibition of two paintings, American Camouflage and 20m. Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Long Branch , NJ.
Powell, A. (2007). Database of writings and exhibitions from 1972-present. The Video History Project (an ongoing on-line publication of the history of the Video Art Movement in the United States).
Powell, A. (2007). Hot Pink, Gender Rolls, and Red White, and Blue. 3 video pieces selected as part of the Experimental TV Center Video History DVD archive.
Coleman, C. & Powell, A. (Producer/Directors). (2006). “St Vitus’s Dance” from Radiation Therapy © 1983 on No Parachute, a compilation of indie music Video. United States, HHBTM Records.
Powell, A. (Producer/Director). (February 9, 2006 and March 11, 2006). “Terror” Termite TV Collective. New York; Museum of Modern Art.
Powell, A. (2005 – 2007). “War & Peace Art Exhibition,” Lambertville, NJ.