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Jessica Powers Announced as 2017 Kress/AAMC Affiliated Fellow at American Academy in Rome

Thursday, February 9, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lucy Lydon
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New York, February 9, 2017The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation have announced Jessica Powers, The Gilbert M. Denman, Jr., Curator of Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World, San Antonio Museum of Art has been awarded the 2017 Samuel H. Kress Foundation AAMC Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (AAR). Powers has been awarded the Fellowship to further her work on her forthcoming exhibition Sacred Landscapes: Visions of Nature and Myth in Ancient Rome.

“I am honored to have been selected as the 2017-2018 Kress Foundation and AAMC Foundation Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome,” said Powers. “The fellowship will allow me to study in depth important works held in museum collections in Rome in preparation for the exhibition I am planning on landscape imagery in Roman art.”

Launched in 2014, the Fellowship provides a four-week appointment, including housing at the American Academy in Rome (AAR), for curators to develop projects that require research in Italy. The Program, supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, offers a focused opportunity to advance research and exhibition development abroad.

“The AAMC Foundation is thrilled to award this distinguished fellowship to Jessica Powers, and is immensely grateful to the Kress Foundation for its ongoing support of this program,” said Judith Pineiro, Executive Director of AAMC & AAMC Foundation. “An essential aspect of the mission of the AAMC & AAMC Foundation is to support the work of curators by providing avenues for professional development and advancement. This fellowship give direct assistance to curators in furthering their research, and we are thrilled to have The American Academy in Rome as our partner and host for this important program.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Jessica as the Samuel H. Kress Foundation/AAMD Affiliated Fellow," said Mark Robbins, President of the American Academy in Rome. “Each Fellow is enriched by their experience in Rome and when they return, their work has a profound impact on the cultural life of the U.S. and beyond for decades to come.”

Jessica Powers is the Gilbert M. Denman, Jr., Curator of Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World at the San Antonio Museum of Art. She is the organizing curator of the exhibition Antinous, the Emperor's Beloved: Investigating a Roman Portrait, which will be on view from September to November 2017. She also curated the reinstallation of the museum's Greek and Roman galleries in 2008 and served as co-editor of The San Antonio Museum of Art: Guide to the Collection. Her other publications focus on ensembles of sculpture and wall painting in Roman houses and on the display of Roman sculptures in museums. She holds an A.B. in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Before joining the San Antonio Museum of Art in 2006, she held positions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Princeton University Art Museum and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Dr. Powers is a former member of the Archaeological Institute of America's Museums and Exhibitions Committee.

Sacred Landscapes: Visions of Nature and Myth in Ancient Rome will be the first exhibition in the United States to explore the rich body of landscape imagery in Roman art. These works depict a fascinating but imaginary vision of a countryside populated by dramatic natural features, rustic country folk and rural sanctuaries. The exhibition introduces the development of landscape scenes as an artistic genre in the Hellenistic period and presents the increasing diversity of this material in Roman Italy from the 2nd century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D. The proposed checklist features works in a range of media, including wall painting, sculpture, mosaic, cameo glass and silver. Many of the proposed works have never before been shown in the United States. The exhibition will be curated by Dr. Jessica Powers, the San Antonio Museum of Art's Gilbert M. Denman, Jr., Curator of Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World, and draws on her expertise in Roman wall paintings and sculptures from elite domestic spaces. The exhibition is tentatively scheduled to be on view in San Antonio in fall 2019 or spring 2020.



Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation

Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) has over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe.  The mission of the Association of Art Museum Curators is to support and promote the work of visual art curators in the non-profit sector by creating opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and advancement.  In support of these aims, the AAMC Foundation seeks to heighten public understanding of the curator's role in art museums & other non-profit models through professional development programs, awards, and grants.  By providing a dynamic forum in which to share ideas and encourage professional development, the Association of Art Museum Curators continues to attract membership, increasing its visibility and importance to the larger arts community. 

AAMC & AAMC Foundation are the only organizations offering professional development and career navigation to the non-profit curatorial profession, and we do so on a global platform.  We achieve this by offering valuable programming, including providing standards for best curatorial practices and ethics; advocating for the profession; convening and creating effective networks; initiating diversity efforts; and mentoring and inspiring future curators—across all borders.  In order to meet our expansive goals, the organizations are working to strengthen alliances, expand funding, and grow services for our members.  


About the American Academy in Rome

Founded in 1894, the American Academy in Rome is a leading international center for independent studies and advanced research in the arts and humanities. Each year, following a national juried competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to approximately 30 Americans working in Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern, and Modern Italian Studies, and Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Literature, Musical Composition, and Visual Arts. The annual application deadline for the Rome Prize is November 1. To learn more, please visit:


About the Samuel H. Kress Foundation:
The mission of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (est. 1929) is to sustain and carry out the original vision of founder, Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955). The Samuel H. Kress Foundation supports the work of individuals and institutions engaged with appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of the history of European art and architecture from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.


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