About This Exhibition

The Museum installed a new, site-specific commission by sculptor John Douglas Powers. Confluence brings the magic of the tallgrass prairie to the WAM galleries. Comprised of 700 vertical rods swaying rhythmically like prairie grasses in the wind, Confluence is a mesmerizing kinetic sculpture. Video projections of awe-inspiring Flint Hills skyscapes complete the installation.

John Douglas Powers studied art history at Vanderbilt University and earned an MFA in sculpture from University of Georgia. He has exhibited at Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and MIT Museum, amongst others. He was a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant. Powers currently lives and works in Knoxville where he is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Tennessee.

John Douglas Powers, Locus, 2015. Oak, poplar, steel, brass, plastic and electric motor with two channel video projection, 4 x 22 x 22 feet. Knoxville Museum of Art. Photo courtesy John Douglas Powers