John Douglas Powers
Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award 2009
John Douglas Powers, a recent master of arts graduate in sculpture, combines metal fabrication, sound, computer technology, kinetics, animation, and foundry techniques in developing art projects. His large and psychologically charged installations reveal memory, emotion, and language, and his ability to incorporate new technology into his projects expands traditional notions of sculpture; in effect, he transforms old ideas into new concepts and media into art. Powers’ knowledge of art history, and his intense involvement in UGA’s Cortona Program, ground his creative projects both in culture and its social context. His film entry at the Bald Shorts Film Festival in 2007 was selected as the best animated short, and his sculpture was recognized with an International Sculpture Center Student Achievement Award in 2008. Powers is currently an assistant professor of art at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.