Alan Powell has been working as a visual artist for over thirty years. From 1971 until the mid 1990’s he worked almost exclusively with video and electronic imaging.
Powell was a founding member of the Electron Movers, Providence, Rhode Island’s first Media Arts Center after completing a BFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. His video work in collaboration with his partner Connie Coleman spans the past thirty years and has been exhibited at The Kitchen, The Alternative Museum, and The Museum of the Moving Image in New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia; The Long Beach Museum in California and the Musee d’Arte Moderne in Paris. Their videotapes have been broadcast on Swiss, Danish and Japanese television and in the United States on the Learning Channel and PBS. Their video work has recently been featured at the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA and the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, NJ. Their video work from their thirteen years as Artist-in- Residence at the Experimental Television Center is in the archives at Cornell University Library. Five of those pieces are in distribution by Electronic Arts Intermix in NYC.
Since the mid 19070’s Alan Powell has been involved with the relationship between video and dance. Starting in the 1970’s he worked with Dorothy Jungels who started Everett Dance Theater in Providence, RI. From 1984 until 2011, Alan Powell
has worked with Susan Hess Modern Dance documenting the Pioneers of Modern Dance and Modern Dance Masters projects. Those archives are being housed in the NYC Public Library at Lincoln Center. Alan Powell has served as the videographer and archivist for choreographer and Temple University Professor Eva Gholson from 1999 – 2001.In 1985
Alan Powell returned to school receiving an MFA from Mason Gross School. Coleman – Powell dance videos include: “ Girl on a Swing”, Buck’s Blues”, “Dada Dance” and “Her Voice in the Air”.
Alan Powell’s artwork encompasses single channel experimental videotapes, sculptural multi-channel mixed media installations, audio compositions, digital photography and painting. He has been an Associate Professor of Communications at Bucks County Community College, an Associate Professor in the Film/Media Arts Department at Temple University and him currently an Associate Professor in the Communications Program at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.