John Powers

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This article is about the sculptor, for the baseball player see John Powers (baseball).

John Douglas Powers (born 1978 in Frankfort, Indiana) is a sculptor and assistant professor of sculpture at UAB.

Powers was born in Indiana but grew up in Dickson, Tennessee. He completed his bachelor's in art history at Vanderbilt University in 2001 and a master of fine arts in sculpture at the University of Georgia in 2008. He won the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award in 2001, providing a sizable stipend for travel, study and art production. He was awarded a John Mitchell Foundation MFA grant and a Southeast College Art Conference fellowiship in 2008.

Powers is known for his kinetic sculptures, involving elaborate constructions placed into motion by electric motors. He has also created two short animated films, The Collector (2006) and I Am the Crescent Moon (2007)

Notable exhibitions

  • "Untitled" (2009) Space 301. Mobile, Alabama
  • "Joan Mitchell Foundation 2008 MFA Grant Recipients" (2009) Cue Art Foundation. New York, New York
  • "Re:Collection" (2009) Snow Gallery. Nashville, Tennessee
  • "Volume I" (2007) Lamar Dodd School of Art Main Gallery. Athens, Georgia
  • "Remember" (2006) Athens Institute for Contemporary Art. Athens, Georgia
  • "Kinetic Diagrams" (2003) Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery. Nashville, Tennessee


  • Adams, Cynthia (Winter 2009) "John Powers: Visual Echoes Invoke His Art." University of Georgia Graduate School Magazine. Vol. 4, No. 1

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