Thank you for joining us for this Conversation with John E. Dowell and Brittany Webb which took place on October 13, 2022
John E. Dowell, Jr., (born 1941) is an artist and master-printer. For more than four decades, Dowell’s fine art prints, paintings and photographs have been featured in more than 50 one-person exhibitions and represented in the permanent collections of 70 museum and public collections. Dowell is a Philadelphia native and Professor Emeritus of Printmaking at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Dowell was trained as a master printer at the Tamarind Lithographic Workshop in the 1960’s. In the 1980’s Dowell used his works on paper as scores for music concerts. Most recently, Dowell has been working on a large body of photographs illuminating histories of the Black American experience.
Brittany Webb is the inaugural Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Twentieth-Century Art and the John Rhoden Collection. In this role, Webb oversees the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and programs of 20th century art and provides instruction for the School of Fine Arts at PAFA. Webb’s first exhibition at PAFA, Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale(November 2020-September 5, 2021) is co-curated with Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art at PAFA. Webb is also organizing a major retrospective exhibition and catalogue of the work of the African American sculptor John Rhoden (1916-2001) and stewards a collection of nearly 300 sculptures by Rhoden, leading PAFA’s ongoing effort to place his artworks into the permanent collections of museums around the world.
Prior to joining PAFA, Webb was a member of the curatorial staff of the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Dr. Webb holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Temple University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.