The New Gallery presents "John Douglas Powers: The Four Winds"
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The New Gallery presents "John Douglas Powers: The Four Winds"

Powers work

The New Gallery, with support from the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Department of Art + Design, is continuing its exciting 2017-18 season with its newest exhibition, “John Douglas Powers: The Four Winds.”

Powers, who made a name for himself with large-scale, intricate and finely crafted kinetic sculptures, is coming to The New Gallery fresh off of a year-long Guggenheim Fellowship. This exhibition, “The Four Winds,” contains both static and kinetic sculptures, as well as video. As a bonus, the Barbara Beach Gallery (located on the second floor of the Art + Design building) will feature Powers’ “Drawing Machines,” which will produce three drawings a day for three weeks. These drawings will be displayed in the gallery, with new ones added each day.

Powers was born in Frankfort, Indiana, in 1978, but he grew up in Dickson, Tennessee. His sculptural work has been exhibited nationally at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The MIT Museum, The Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art, The Huntsville Museum of Art, The Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, The Wiregrass Museum of Art, The Alexander Brest Museum, The Masur Museum, The Gadsden Museum of Art, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Brenda Taylor Gallery, The Georgia Museum of Art, The Vero Beach Museum of Art and the Cue Art Foundation. His videos and animations have been screened internationally.

Powers studied art history at Vanderbilt University and earned his MFA in sculpture, with distinction, at the University of Georgia. His work has been featured in The New York Times, World Sculpture News, Sculpture Magazine, Art Forum, The Huffington Post, Art in America, The Boston Globe and on CBS News Sunday Morning. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Virginia A Groot Foundation Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, as well as a Southeastern College Art Conference Individual Artist Fellowship, an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award. Powers currently lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee, and teaches at the University of Tennessee.

The exhibit opened Jan. 16 at The New Gallery, located in the APSU Art + Design building, and it runs through Feb. 9. Powers will give a public lecture on his work at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8, in Heydel Hall, located in the Art + Design building. There will be a closing reception from 4-5:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, and a gallery talk with Powers beginning at 5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

For more on Powers and his work, visit: john-powers.com.

Hours for The New Gallery are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends and holidays, and it follows the University’s academic calendar. For information on this exhibition, contact Michael Dickins, Director of Galleries, at dickinsm@apsu.edu.