"Powell, an expert on, among other things, African American art since 1880, provides a fascinating historical account and analysis of art collecting at historically black colleges and universities. Both a survey and a critique, Professor Powell anchors the catalogue by raising the essential questions about the meaning and meanings of this show and of art historical inquiry. . . . This is an important addition to the scholarship on American art and the vital writings and research on African American art."
-Michael Prokopow, book review of To Conserve a Legacy: American Art From Historically Black Colleges and Universities,The Boston Book Review, July/August 1999
Exhibition publication: Richard J. Powell, To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999.