Alan Powell has been a practicing artist for over 40 years. His main body of work consists of single channel videotapes and video installations.In the 1990s, Alan returned to painting, developing a painted diary in which he painted a picture every day for three years. He has exhibited his work at MOMA, Museum of the Moving Image, Kitchen, Everson Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Alan has been deeply committed to the idea of community arts and artist collectives. He was part of the video collective called Electron Movers 1973-1978. In the last five years, he has been an active member of the “Termite TV Collective,” which makes activist artworks. He is also involved with “Band of Artists,” a Philadelphia-based performance group whose subject matter addresses the lives of people with disabilities. He is currently a professor of communications and media at Arcadia University in Philadelphia.