Powell is currently the curator of modern and contemporary art at Krannert Art Museum (KAM) at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign—overseeing a collection that contains roughly 10,000 works of art. The path to her current position, though, was not as straightforward as one may think. It began in Madison, and took her to Washington, D.C. and Houston along the way.
During the 2010-2011 academic year, Powell was a Smithsonian predoctoral fellow at the National Museum of African Art in Washington. Her time in the nation’s capital was invaluable because of the resources available to her while writing her dissertation, she explained.
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