Sheridan Prize for Art

EXHIBITIONS
Group Exhibitions
Profiles in Resilience: A Global Harvest
Virtual Gallery for the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS2020) hosted in Oakland, CA
https://www.aids2020.org/portfolio-item/our-global-harvest/
July 6-10, 2020
UnBound Roots: A Paradigm for Intentional Healing
Allie Jones and Toshia Christal curators
SOMArts, San Francisco, CA
https://somarts.org/events/unboundrootsvirtualtour/
March 13 – April 21, 2020
Art of the African Diaspora
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA (main show) January – March 2020
Era Art Bar Oakland, CA (satellite show) February – March 2020
Homage
Sponsored by the Nivisible Atelier Artist Group.
Warehouse 416 Oakland, CA
in conjunction with The Art of Living Black (TAOLB) January – March 2019
RAW: MAGNIFY
RAW Artist Collective
1015 Folsom, San Francisco, CA
April 2018
The Art of Living Black 2018 (TAOLB)
Recipient of the Jan Hart Schuyers Award and featured artist for 2018
Presented by: The Art of Living Black (TAOLB) & the Richmond Art Center (Steven Hopkins
TAOLB Inc. President, and Ric Ambrose Director – Richmond Art Center).
January -March, 2018
Contemporary Evolution
Sponsored by Nvisble Atelier Art Group
Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA (Damon Powell – curator)
February 2018
Ask. Listen. Journey
Sponsored by: Roughhewn People (Adam Nelson – Creative Director)
Gallery of South Park Church, Park Ridge, IL
February 4- March 4, 2017
Art Passages
Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (Heather Piazza – curator)
San Mateo County Courthouse
February 4 – March 26, 2017
NVA Contemporary Fine Art Show
Sponsored by Nvisble Atelier Art Group
Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA (Damon Powell – curator)
February 2017
Fine Arts Galleria Exhibition (Prize Winner)
San Mateo County Fair Arts Pavilion, San Mateo County, CA. Boris Koodrin, Director. (Selection
Committee: Boris Koodrin, Rusty Sterling, and Ryann Murrin-DeSouza).
June 11-19, 2016
Faith {In}Action?
Center for Arts, Faith & Culture, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton,
MN. Curators: Roderic Southall and Sheryl Schwyart. (Selection Panelists: Hawona Sullivan
Janzen, Leola Johnson, and Jann Cather-Weaver).
January – April 2016
Invisible Men: Black Male Artists on Art
Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA
January - February 2016
The Art of Living Black (TAOLB) 2014 - 2017
Richmond Arts Center, Richmond, CA
January – March 2015
Black History Month Show
Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA
February, 2015
The Art of Living Black
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
January, 10 – March, 8 2015
The Art of Living Black
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
March 2014
Oakland Art Murmur
Uptown Body and Fender, Oakland, CA
July, November & December 2013
Transformative Visions 2013 1 work exhibited
Presented by Onelife Institute, Oakland, CA
2013
Black Coffee, Brown Couch: Stimulation for the Soul 15 works exhibited
Brown Couch Café, Oakland, CA
2013
Student Show, 2 works exhibited,
Student Works Show, Center for Religion and the Arts,
Bade Museum, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
2001
George Washington Carver Center for the Arts
George Washington Carver Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO
1998
All that Jazz: A Tribute To Jay McShan 2 pieces exhibited
Folley Theatre, Kansas City, MO
1996
The Art of Knowing 3 pieces exhibited
The Ritz Gallery, Washington D.C.
1992
Summer Exhibition Series 2 pieces exhibited
Wetherholt Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1991
Solo Exhibitions
When We Pray: Artist Spotlight
East Bay Church of Religious Science, Oakland, CA
April 2019
Taste & See - 9 works exhibited
Rosenblum Cellars, Oakland, CA
August, 2016
Featured Salon Artist – 8 works exhibited
YWCA, Berkeley, CA
October, 2015 – January 2016
Featured Salon Artist -16 works exhibited
Café Arrivederci, San Rafael, CA
January 3 – February 7, 2015
Art from the Underside (solo exhibition) 15 works exhibited
Deep Sole, Oakland, California
2002
Catch the Vision (solo exhibition), 12 works exhibited,
Expressions Gallery, Oakland, CA
1999
Festival Exhibition Vending
San Carlos Art and Wine festival
San Carlos, CA
October 2017
Sacramento Arts Festival
Sacramento, CA
October, 2017
Mountain View Art and Wine Festival
Mountain View, CA
September, 2017
Lafayette Art and Wine Festival
Lafayette, CA
September, 2017
Martinez Blues festival
Martinez, CA
September, 2017
Burlingame Art and Wine Festival
Burlingame, CA
August, 2017
Fremont Art and Wine Festival
Fremont, CA
July, 2017
Montclair Art and Wine Festival
Montclair, CA
June 2017
Art on the Square
Redwood City, CA
June, 2017
Alameda Art & Wine Festival
Alameda, CA
June 2017
Curating Opportunities
Contemporary Evolution
Sponsored by Nvisble Atelier Art Group
Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA (Damon Powell – curator)
February 2018
NVA Contemporary Fine Art Show
Sponsored by Nvisble Atelier Art Group
Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA (Damon Powell – curator)
February 2017
Invisible Men: Black Male Artists on Art
Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA (Damon Powell – curator)
January - February 2016
AWARDS
“Winds of Hope” (winner) Jan Hart Schuyers Award featured artist for 2018
Presented by: The Art of Living Black (TAOLB) & the Richmond Art Center (Steven Hopkins
TAOLB Inc. President, and Ric Ambrose Director – Richmond Art Center).
February 4, 2017
“Winds of Hope” 1st place winner in the Carry the Light Watercolor category,
“Ebb & Flow” 2nd place winner in the Abstract Works on Paper category,
“When We Pray” Honorable Mention in the Works on Paper category.
Presented by: The San Mateo County Fair Arts Pavilion, San Mateo County, CA. Boris Koodrin,
Director. (Selection Committee: Boris Koodrin, Rusty Sterling, and Ryann Murrin-DeSouza).
June 13, 2016
COLLECTORS & CLIENTS
Private Collectors
Ms. Dolly Woodson Rev. George Cummings, Ph.D. Ms. Kim Yani Hyman
Ms. Naina Khanna Ms. Felicia Harris Mr. Christopher Thomas
Mrs. Teta Rentie Mr. Troy Groves Mr. Brain Kearney
Ms. Han Bui Mr. Christopher Hosie Mr. Raymond Brickhouse
Mrs. Desley Brooks Mr. David Roberts Mr. James Walker
Ms. Valrie Sanders Rev. Louis-Charles Harvey, Ph.D. Rev. Adrienne Thorne
Mrs. Katy Gehlken Mrs. Carol Sims Mr. Yosef Bomani
Mr Christopher Hosie Mrs. Teta Rentie
Corporate Collectors
Brown Couch Café American Psychological Association Kansas City Black Expo
RESEARCH
Lectures & Presentations
Art, Aesthetics and Spiritual Practice
Lecture presentation for the Pinole Artisans Artist Group
Pinole, CA
October 2019
Conjuring the Muse: Theologizing Inspiration & Imagination in the Arts
Paper presentation in the in the Re-Creation Track of the conference, Making Now sponsored
by Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA)
Azusa, CA
June 2017
Aaron Douglas and the Sociological Imagination
Lecture given as part of the Programming for Invisible Men: Black Male Artist on Art
Oakland, CA
February 2016
The Aesthetics of Blackness: The Significance of Theology, Aesthetics and Blackness in the Black
Arts Movement
Paper presentation in the Fine Arts section for the conference, Fifty Years: On Black Arts
Movement (BAM) and its Influence.
Merced, California
March 2014
From Creation to Crucifixion: Art Aesthetics and Religion in the Work of Aaron Douglas
National Association of African American Studies 21st Annual Conference
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
February 12, 2013
The Art of Knowing: The Role of Cognition, Perception, and Aesthetics in Language and the Arts
Paper presentation in the Interdisciplinary Studies Section
Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters 2012 Annual Conference
Alma College - Alma Michigan
March 2, 2012
Visualizing the Sacred: The Aesthetics of Jesus in the Painting of Aaron Douglas
Black History Presentation Series, Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, San Francisco
February 15, 2009
Visual Journaling as Prayer and Spiritual Practice (workshop presenter)
Freeing the Imagination: Creativity as Christian Spiritual Practice, Graduate Theological Union,
2003
PUBLICATIONS
When We Pray: Eight Meditations on the Aesthetics of Prayer and the Spiritual Life.
Bloomington, IN: Balboa Press Books, 2019.
Art Focused Journal Publications
Conjuring the Muse: Theologizing Imagination & Inspiration in the Arts. Forthcoming in SEEN
Journal – Hope edition Vol. XVIII (November, 2018): 44-47.
The Aesthetics of Blackness: Theology, Aesthetics & Blackness in the Black Arts Movement.
Journal of Pan African Studies. Vol. 11 No. 6, (2018): 164-181.
Meditatio: A Visual Meditation
Speaking on Art #12 in The Painter’s Tongue: The Search for Meaning in Art
http://tinyurl.com/speakingonart
December, 2014
The Crucifixion: Black American Religious Aesthetics & the Painting of Aaron Douglas
Black Theology: An International Journal Vol 12 No 2, (August, 2014): 161-185.
The Creation Tryptic: Goddess, Terra, and Humanity
Damon Powell Artist and Theologian
August 2014
https://dpartistandtheologian.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/the-creation-tryptic-goddess-terrahumanity/
Telling It Like It Is: Social Realism and the Art of Aaron Douglas
The Art of Social Critique: Painting Mirrors of Social Life. Shawn Chandler Bingham ed. Lanham,
MD: Lexington Books, 2012.
Works of Art in Juried Publications
“Anuttivasana: Standing Backbend” in East Bay Artists 2020. Juried and edited by ARTPUSH for
the 2nd Annual East Bay Artists 100 guide. Sponsored by ARTPUSH, Alameda, CA 2020.
“When We Pray” in MFA Never 2016 Archive Project. (Jurors: Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen,
Founder/Director of A Simple Collective, Donna Napper, Assistant Director of Chandra Cerrito
Contemporary, and Brion Nuda Rosch, Artist & Studio Program Director for Minnesota Street
Project).
“Live in the Light III – Joy” American Art Collector 2016. Tom Palmer, ed. (Jurors: Howard Eige,
Associate Professor California College of the Arts, and Jan Christensen-Heller, Owner
Christensen Heller Gallery, Oakland, CA), Berkeley, CA: Alcove Books, September 2015
“Resurrection of Love” 3 piece series in: Bay Area Art – Today. Mark Dougherty, ed. (Jurors:
Donna Reine Taylor, former board member for the International Society of interior Designers,
Richard Prahm, Creative Director at Idle Hands Design Studio, and Jon Francis Animation
Director at Idle Hands Studio), San Rafael, CA: Mark J. Dougherty Publishing, October 2015
INTERVIEWS
2
nd Friday Art Talks. ARTPUSH, Alameda, CA. June 2021
Interview with Damon Powell
Author Voices: The Online Gazette for Today’s Innovative Authors
October 2019
https://authorvoices.com/authorvoices-author-interviews/interview-damon-powell-phd/?fbclid=IwAR1_zyI5z0vfW4NT0FkZ6x4d7jYTXYwVYkR5qKFaflsKs-4WTMwYkyQilLE
HIV, Art & Activism with Damon Powell – Artist & Theologian
The Show. Dr. Raymond Gonzales owner and host
December 12, 2016
https://www.facebook.com/theshow1045com/videos/10154738799869799/
Visualizations, Theology and Art w/Damon Powell, on the Artsy Now Show
The Atrepreneur Now.Heath Armstrong, owner and editor.
April 23, 2015 (podcast)
http://artsynow.com/damonpowell/
TEACHING
Specializations
Theological Aesthetics, Artistic Expression &Religion, Aesthetic Theory, Creativity &Spirituality,
African-American Aesthetics &Cultural Theory, Life Drawing, Visual Journaling, Creativity
Theory, Artistic Production as Spiritual Practice
EDUCATION
1998-2008 Graduate Theological Union, Ph.D.
Emphasis: Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in African-American Theology and Art.
Dissertation: Black Is Beautiful: An Exploration in Black Theology, Aesthetics, and Art
1993-1996 Payne Theological Seminary, MDiv. 1996
Emphasis: Systematic Theology with a secondary concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling
Thesis: The Color of Earth: An Exploration in Black Theology and Earth Spirituality
1986-1990 Kansas City Art Institute, Bachelor of Fine Arts 1990
Major: Illustration and Design with a secondary concentration in Graphic Arts
BOARDS & COMMISSIONS
Jurist
“Don’t Turn Your Back On AIDS” – High School Art Exhibit and Competition
An Annual Exhibit and Art Competition sponsored by the Flowers Heritage Foundation and
Ramsell Holding Corporation
April, 2013 to April 2015
Cultural Affairs Commissioner
Appointed by the Mayor of Oakland, California to serve on the city’s Cultural Arts Commission
City of Oakland, California
January 1, 2010 – August 2012
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
2016 - Present Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA)
2016 - Present International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA)
2015 – Present NVisible Atelier
2008-20009 Society for Theological Aesthetics
2004-2005 Artists Guild (Northern California Division)
1992-1994 International Association of Visual Artists
CAREER HISTORY
Painting Artist
Wine & Design – Oakland, CA
2018 - Present
Fine Art Instructor
Higher Ground NDC – Oakland, CA
2018 – Present
Graphic Designer
Pen Prints – Grandview, Missouri
1997
Art Instructor
Kansas City School District – Kansas City, Missouri
1997
Illustrator
Pel Industries – Rogers, Arkansas
1992
Graphic Designer
Group 53 Consultants – Kansas City, Missouri
1993

Damon Powell - Juror