In 2006, Captain George B. Powell '57 offered some of his extensive collection of Japanese woodblock prints to the Perrel Gallery for an exhibition "Tradition & Transformation: Japanese Woodcut Prints" to support the teaching and study of the centuries old mutual interaction of Eastern and Western cultures. This loan became a gift and expanded to include various Asian artifacts, books, and other educational materials. The prints illustrate the history, politics, theater, music, art, legends, philosophy, and pastimes of Japan from the 18th
through early 20th
century during its transformation from isolation to world engagement.
Powell Collection is available on campus for study and viewing through the Perrel Art Gallery.