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Jade Powers '13 is Assistant Curator at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Jade Powers '13 is Assistant Curator at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

August 31, 2018

Jade Powers, a 2013 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed assistant curator at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri.

Powers spent the last year as the Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum. There she "created the first interpretative gallery guide ... to highlight works by African American artists in the museum's permanent collection, and worked with the curators of prints, drawings, and photographs and modern and contemporary art to research and create text for a recent gift to the institution of eighty-one abstract works of art by African American artists," notes an announcement. "Her responsibilities also included the implementation of public programs including, 'If It Wasn't for the Women,' as well as presenting gallery talks, guided tours, and creating a teacher workshop to help teachers add information about abstract art by African American artists to their curriculum."

Erin Dziedzic, director of curatorial affairs, says, "Kemper Museum is delighted to welcome Jade Powers as assistant curator. Her studies and expertise will bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to our growing list of exhibitions and public programs."

A double major in art history and religious studies at DePauw -- where she was a member of student government, the cheerleading squad, and spent a semester studying in Istanbul, Turkey -- Powers earned a master's degree in religious studies from Indiana University. She has also worked at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

Sge states, "I have studied and taught art for nearly a decade; contributed scholarly research to exhibitions, texts, and catalogues; and leveraged my experiences as an art historian to assist with the implementation of exhibitions -- which has given me a broad perspective on diverse researching and teaching techniques. I believe that my experience as a museum educator with responsibility for university and museum public programs will allow me to contribute immediately to the visitor experience at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art."

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