William Powhida makes fun of the art world to highlight the paradoxes and absurdities of economic and social value systems that keep the sphere of visual art afloat on a tide of inequality. His work relies on research and participation to diagram, list, perform, and critique the forces that shape perceptions of value. He is responsible or partly responsible for exhibitions including After The Contemporary at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Overculture at Postmasters Gallery, Bill by Bill at Charlie James Gallery, and #class at Winkleman Gallery.
Powhida is also an infrequent contributor to ArtFCity and Hyperallergic on issues that alarm him, and a member of the Artists Studio Affordability Project, an artist-led advocacy group for commercial rent regulation. He is currently represented by Postmasters Gallery, New York City; Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles; Poulsen Gallery, Copenhagen; and Platform Gallery, Seattle. He holds a B.F.A. in painting from Syracuse University and an M.F.A. in painting from Hunter College. He is currently working a solo show around systems of governance opening this fall at Postmasters Gallery in New York.
Academic Research/Specialty Areas
- Collaborative practice
- Participatory and collaborative planning
- Real estate development
- Social policy
- ART 4100 Senior Seminar
- ART 6000 Graduate SeminarSeminar exploring selected writings on current issues in the visual arts. Designed to introduce graduate students to several approaches to critical inquiry and analysis of contemporary artistic practice. Topics vary but may include related issues in areas such as critical theory, identity politics, institutional frames, sustainability, urbanization, and globalization.
Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)
- Lower East Side Printshop Publishing Residency (2010)
- Headlands Residency (2012)
- Casa Maauad Residency (2013)
- John Michael Kohler Arts Center Connecting Communities Residency (2011)
Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)
- After The Contemporary, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield (2017)
- Utopia/Dystopia: Part 1 & 2, Museum Art Architecture Technology, Lisboa, Portugal (2017)
- Alt-Facts, Postmasters Gallery, New York City (2017)
- "Why Do We Expect Artists to Work for Free? Here's How We Can Change the System," Creative Time Reports (2014)
- "Demanding Progressive Politics from Progressive Politicians," Art F City (2017)
- "At What Cost? Capitalism and Culture in America," Art Agency Partners (2017)