Marianne Baer, Richard Battram, Robert Bolla, Louetta A. Buechler, Diane Carder, Steven Clayton, Jo Jasper Dean, Edgar Eslinger, Andrea Hughes, Tim Judge, Mike LaRose, Adam Long, Ron McIlvain, Nina Miller, Luisa Otero Prada, Alex Paradowski, Adrienne Patel, Cindy Polette, Charlotte Rennard, Judith Repke, Marilyn L. Robinson, James Scheller, John Schnellmann, Judith Shaw, Tom Sontag, Gary Tetley, Carl Valle, Ron Vivod, Margaret von Kaenel, Jerry Walters, Madonna Watermon, Ned Watson, Chelsie Wilson, Linda Wright
Robert A. Powell is founder and executive director of Portfolio Gallery & Educational Center. Powell brought Portfolio to life in 1989. Ten years later, he was one of only 19 non-profit leaders selected nationwide to become a Fellow in the first class of The Denali Initiative, which provided training over a three year period to develop “social entrepreneurs.” The Initiative emphasized providing community services in exchange for dollars, rather than relying entirely on the community to support a cultural service.
In addition to his business acumen, Powell brings is a passionate artist and dedicated educator. As an artist he is a recognized sculptor whose works are in the permanent collections of Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. In 2008, he was selected to design an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree in celebration of the “Red, White and Blue” Christmas holiday.
Robert A. Powell, the educator has a B.S degree in education and taught for more than a decade in the public schools of Oakland and Kansas City. It was in Oakland he moved his industrial arts students into the realm of three dimensional sculpture, carving and creative art works. It was also there he developed his own artistic philosophy about the positive. For Powell it all starts with the magic number one, one person, the one man or woman in the mirror.