Jade Powers, originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, earned a Master’s degree in religious studies from Indiana University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in art history and religious studies from DePauw University. Powers has a special interest in modern and contemporary African American and Indian art.
Before joining the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art as assistant curator, Powers was the 2017-2018 Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum. There, Powers created the first museum-wide gallery guide to comprehensively highlight works by artists of African descent and began research for the 2019 exhibition, Shape of Abstraction, showcasing a recent gift of over 80 abstract works by African American artists. At Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art , Powers has curated four Permanent Collection exhibitions —Deconstructing Marcus Jansen, Abstracted Wonders: The Power of Lines, Color Application, and Child’s Play: An Exploration of Adolescence —and is working on several upcoming projects.