Who or What Has Most Influenced MFA Students’ Work? Find Out on Their Blog, “Influences”

Image by Alfredo Jaar, an influence of MFA student Amanda Berg

The fifteen first-year students in Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program—the class of 2014—have launched their Influences blog, created as part of the Documentary Fieldwork seminar.

Under the guidance of instructor Alex Harris, each student began creating a new body of documentary work, but in addition to moving forward with their own artistic practice, Harris asked them to look back: “Each member of the seminar presented his or her influences: the films, photographs, artists, books, music, and experiences that have most influenced their own work,” explained Harris. “Influences is a record of those presentations, a syllabus of inspiration for the rest of us, and a place where students can update their entries as they find another artist or body of work that is important to them. We hope the blog is a site that viewers will want to come back to.”

Click here to visit both the MFA students’ Influences blog as well as Viewfinder, the MFA program’s blog.

The application deadline for fall 2013 admission to the MFA program is January 31, 2013. Applicants complete a two-part process, consisting of the Graduate School Application and the Portfolio Submission. For more information on the type of applicant who will be most successful in the program, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.


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