IMA Director’s Conversation: Earl A. Powell of National Gallery of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art offers yet another stimulating Indianapolis art event on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm. The director of the IMA, Maxwell Anderson, sits down with Earl A. Powell, director of the National Gallery of Art in D.C., at this Indianapolis art museum. This pair of directors in the latest IMA Director’s Conversation will offer insight into challenges faced by art museums across the United States. Don’t miss this enlightening Indianapolis event at the IMA this Thursday evening.

Earl A. “Rusty” Powell has been the director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. since 1992. As an expert on nineteenth and twentieth century European and American art, he brings in depth knowledge and a well defined background to the position. Prior to securing the position of director, Powell held curatorial positions at the National Gallery from 1976 to 1980. He was an assistant professor of art history at the University of Texas in Austin from 1974 to 1976. In 1980, Powell took the position of director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His work there over twelve years transformed the museum, according to Art in America magazine, “from a local institution to a museum of international stature.”

Powell serves as a trustee of the American Federation of the Arts, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Georgia O’Keefe Foundation and the White House Historical Association, among many others. He has membership to dozens of arts organizations, including the Federal Council on the Art and the Humanities, the National Portrait Gallery Commission and the American Philosophical Society. He has been awarded Norway’s King Olav Medal, the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from France and named a “Washingtonian of the Year” in 2006, among many other awards.

Earl A. Powell graduated from Williams College with honors. He received his masters and doctorate degrees from Harvard University. In addition, he hold honorary doctorate degrees in Fine Arts from both the Otis Parsons Art Institute and Williams College. He has contributed articles and essays to many magazines, journals and exhibits and is also the author of a monograph of the nineteenth century American artists Thomas Cole. He served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1969 and was in the Naval Reserve from 1969 to 1980.

As the current director of the National Art Gallery, Earl A. Powell has added to the 95,000 works of art many highly regarded exhibits including a showing of art from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Powell recalls the success of this particular exhibit, “Our free passes were sold on the street for more than the price of a Redskins ticket.”

He has taken the National Art Gallery into the twenty first century by embracing new technology. The Micro Gallery offers visitors a chance to interact with art work through an up close look at every detail. In addition, he helped to create a children’s website for the gallery to encourage youth education and outreach.

Thursday, April 1, 2010, Powell brings knowledge and lessons from his career to the Indianapolis Museum of Art as he sits down for a conversation with IMA director, Maxwell Anderson. Their dialogue will focus on issues art museums face internationally including ownership claims, exhibition exchanged and global partnerships. Tickets to this Indianapolis culture event are $5.00 for Indianapolis people. Members of this Indianapolis museum and Indianapolis kids with a student ID will be admitted for FREE. Don’t miss this interesting Director’s Conversation at the IMA.

After the talk, head to the near by Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, for a bite to eat. With a great variety of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars to choose from, there is something for everyone in Broad Ripple. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis.

Director’s Conversation: Earl A. Powell III of the National Gallery of Art
Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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