Director, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Marina Kellen French Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2012
Earl A. Powell III is the fourth director of the National Gallery of Art, a position he has held since 1992. Under his leadership, more than 12,000 works of art have been added to the collection, an award-wining website has been created, and more than 150 exhibitions have been presented; most notably, Johannes Vermeer, Van Gogh’s Van Goghs, and The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt. Powell and the National Gallery of Art are currently exploring new ways of utilizing technology to further its mission of making the Gallery’s collection more accessible to the people of the United States.
Powell is also the member of several arts organizations, including the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities and the National Portrait Gallery Commission. He was also appointed by former President George W. Bush to serve on the National Council of Arts, the advisory board of the National Endowment of the Arts. He also currently serves on a number of boards as a trustee, including the American Federation of Arts, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, White House Historical Association, and Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation.