A vertical glass case holds pottery in front of a white wall with many paintings


Fall 2022
Dee & Mike Michaelis Gallery

How do artists, artworks, and museums express power? Empowerment explores this question through a variety of mediums from across geographies and time periods. Themes include storytelling, human relationships with the earth, and artistic uses of form and figure. Displays will feature ceramics created by multiple generations of the Nampeyo family, a dedicated space for textiles, and installations that amplify the power of music. The music area will showcase the Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World collection and other musical instruments.

Feel empowered by artists’ perspectives that speak to you and explore ways that empowerment reveals itself in unexpected objects.

This exhibition is organized by a team of Spencer Museum staff from multiple departments including student staff, with contributions from community advisors. The project is generously supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Selected images