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As a painter, narrative, spirituality, and emotion are themes that inspire my work.



[New Orleans, LA ::: b. 1981 - New Orleans, LA] 


Alma Bryan Powell is a painter working in acrylic. She makes narrative paintings. The stories and emotions conveyed are usually autobiographical, often incorporating her own children into them. Alma typically works from photographs, having her children pose and then placing them into a different background. In her work, she sometimes utilizes Biblical passages that advise her how to be. 


She lives and works in New Orleans, LA where she was born and raised. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Art from University of California at Davis and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Howard University.

Artist Statement

As a painter, narrative, spirituality, and emotion are themes that inspire my work. I work primarily in acrylic paint. Increasingly, I incorporate Biblical stories into my narrative work. I aim to capture the emotions of my subjects. The narrative and emotion are often autobiographical.


I paint the figures and background from different photographs that I piece together to make an image. This allows me to use my imagination to make the figures without completely working from my memory.  I use the observation of someone or of a photograph because I enjoy getting the form down.





2005   University of California, Davis - MFA

2002   Howard University - BFA




2020    Second Story Gallery, Sisters Solidarity, New Orleans, LA

2019    Jazz and Heritage Gallery, Dialogue: A Group Exhibit, New Orleans, LA

2018    Contemporary Art Center, Sister Portraits exhibit and performance with Courtney Bryan and Amy Bryan at

            Southern Sonic: A Sound and Experimental Music Festival, New Orleans, LA

2015    FLAG- NOLA Artists’ Banners for Katrina Installation designed by Michael Manjarris and

            Artist Spaces, New Orleans, LA

            Second Story Co-op Gallery, Amy Bryan, Alma Bryan Powell, Myesha Francis:

            Recent Works, New Orleans, LA

2014    New Orleans Museum of Art, Reparation: Contemporary Artists from New Orleans curated by

            Diego Cortez, New Orleans, LA

            Second Story Co-op Gallery, Our Visions of Home: Recent Work of Amy Bryan and

            Alma Bryan Powell, New Orleans, LA

            New Orleans Public Library on Napoleon Ave., Good Stuff 4, curated by Bruce Davenport, New Orleans, LA

2012   The Art House, St. Tammany Art Association, The 47th National Juried Exhibition -“The Summer Show”,

           Juried by Miranda Lash, Covington, LA

           Poydras Center, Bryan and Powell 2012, New Orleans, LA

           New Orleans African American Museum, Annual NCA/ MLK Show 2012, New Orleans, LA




2014   Abide. New Orleans: Reparation.  Imago Mundi: Reparation

2011   Boys with Building Blocks. Percent for Art Collection. Arts Council New Orleans

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