MFAEDA Student Work

“MFA|EDA 2016”: Thesis Exhibition and Events at Multiple Duke and Durham Venues

"MFA|EDA 2016": Thesis Exhibition and Events at Multiple Duke and Durham Venues

This spring, Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts celebrates the successes of the Class of 2016 in MFA|EDA 2016, the program’s annual monthlong thesis exhibition at sites across Duke’s campus and downtown Durham. Site-specific projects by sixteen MFA|EDA graduating students include presentations of film and video, installation, sculpture, photography, print-making, interactive arts, performance, sound, and multimedia. Check […]


MFA|EDA Class of 2017 Launches “Influences” Blog

MFA|EDA Class of 2017 Launches “Influences” Blog

“In the first semester of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program at Duke, the Documentary Fieldwork seminar is an opportunity for students to create a new body of documentary work, in a sense to define what they mean by documentary work through their own artistic practice. This new work—presented at the end of the […]


“Vanishing Point,” the Student-Produced Digital Documentary Magazine

"Vanishing Point," the Student-Produced Digital Documentary Magazine

Do yourself a favor and experience Vanishing Point, the acclaimed digital magazine of student documentary work “that tells stories you haven’t heard from places you know well and places you’ll discover.” Committed to amplifying voices through a variety of media, Vanishing Point is produced at the Center for Documentary Studies by Duke University students in a publishing course taught by […]


MFA|EDA Class of 2016 Launches “Influences” Blog

MFA|EDA Class of 2016 Launches "Influences" Blog

In the first semester of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program at Duke, the Documentary Fieldwork seminar is taught as an opportunity for students to create a new body of documentary work, in a sense to define what they mean by documentary work through their own artistic practice. This new work—presented at the end […]


March 20: MFA|EDA Thesis Exhibition Kicks Off at the Power Plant Gallery & Boiler Room

March 20: MFA|EDA Thesis Exhibition Kicks Off at the Power Plant Gallery & Boiler Room

This spring, Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts will celebrate the successes of the class of 2015 in MFA|EDA 2015, the program’s annual thesis exhibition on view from March 20–April 18. Following a kickoff event, the monthlong show continues at sites across Duke’s campus and downtown Durham. MFA|EDA 2015 Kickoff Event Friday, March 20, 5–8 […]


“The Icon Industry”: Exhibit Curated by MFA|EDA Student Caitlin M. Kelly Explores Images of Human Rights

"The Icon Industry": Exhibit Curated by MFA|EDA Student Caitlin M. Kelly Explores Images of Human Rights

Duke University MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts candidate and Kenan Graduate Arts Fellow Caitlin M. Kelly has curated an exhibit that explores, critiques, and celebrates the notion of the iconic image in human rights issues. The Icon Industry: The Visual Economy of Human Rights features work from six students at Duke and the University of […]


Students in “The U.S./Mexico Border” Class Participate in Collaborative Mural Project

Students in "The U.S./Mexico Border" Class Participate in Collaborative Mural Project

Latino/a youth are partnering with Duke University undergraduates and instructors from several classes, including the “The U.S./Mexico Border” class at the Center for Documentary Studies, on a collaborative mural project (scroll down for slideshow) as part of Two-Way Bridges, an initiative that aims to expand the connections between Duke and the Durham Latino/a communities. The […]


MFA Student, Alumni, and Faculty Films in the New York Film Festival’s “Views from the Avant-Garde”

MFA Student, Alumni, and Faculty Films in the New York Film Festival's "Views from the Avant-Garde"

Work by Duke MFA in Experimental and Documentary Art alums Marika Borgeson (’13), Lisa McCarty (’13, and 2013-14 CDS Exhibitions Intern), and Talena Sanders (’13), and by current student Erin Espelie (’14), was selected for the 51st New York Film Festival and is screening as part of the Views from the Avant-Garde section, an annual celebration of the best and boldest experimental film […]


Limited Seating for “Inspired by the Lens” Photography Panel, Register Now

Limited Seating for "Inspired by the Lens" Photography Panel, Register Now

Photography bonanza: Inspired by the Lens is a wonderful (and free) lineup of exhibits, workshops, and artist talks that showcase the work of artists, educators, and photographers who use the lens as a stimulus for creating meaningful imagery in their professional practices. Click here to view an online brochure for event listings in September and October. The program was created by […]


2013 Student Film Festival on Duke Campus, September 3

2013 Student Film Festival on Duke Campus, September 3

Don’t miss this great annual film event, free and open to the public: a curated festival of works produced in Spring 2013


“Haikus and Other Mathematics”: Short Films by MFA in Experimental & Doc Arts Students, April 19

"Haikus and Other Mathematics": Short Films by MFA in Experimental & Doc Arts Students, April 19

Students in Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program will present a program of short films produced in conjunction with instructor/award-winning filmmaker Josh Gibson‘s Experimental Film course. Haikus and Other Mathematics includes work by twelve students in the Class of 2014: Runa A, Kristin Bedford, Rachel Boillot, Brenda L. Burmeister, Malina Chavez, Erin Espelie, Sarah […]


“The Deep Blue Sea”: Artists in Residence Exhibition Showcases MFA Student Work

"The Deep Blue Sea": Artists in Residence Exhibition Showcases MFA Student Work

Three students in Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program—Kristin Bedford, Caitlin M. Kelly, and Jennifer Stratton—recently participated as artists-in-residence at the 2013 Winter Forum, “Blue Devils and the Deep Blue Sea: Can We Rescue the Oceans?,” at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina. The students will present their final projects […]


“48 Hours in Las Vegas”: MFA Student Exhibit on View Through February 17

"48 Hours in Las Vegas": MFA Student Exhibit on View Through February 17

In the spring of 2012 students in Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program flew to Las Vegas for a crash art project sponsored by Zappos.com. Their mission: Seek, capture, and record Sin City in two days. The result is 48 Hours in Las Vegas, a multimedia exhibition that the Triangle area’s Independent Weekly describes as “work […]


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

Who or What Has Most Influenced MFA Students' Work? Find Out on Their Blog, "Influences"

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 […]


MFA Student Eric Barstow Directs Short Doc, “¿Que Será Del Caribe?,” on Costa Ricans’ Fight to Save Their Home

MFA Student Eric Barstow Directs Short Doc, "¿Que Será Del Caribe?," on Costa Ricans' Fight to Save Their Home

Dice que de San Jose viene un monstro (They say that a monster is coming from San Jose)  Va para el Caribe Sur  (It’s headed to the Caribe Sur) Viene a dejar sin trabajo a mi gente (It’s coming to leave my people without work) Dejara desolación (It will leave desolation) — ¿Que Será Del Caribe? by […]


Save the Dates: MFA Work-In-Progress Presentations, December 5 and 6

Save the Dates: MFA Work-In-Progress Presentations, December 5 and 6

Duke’s first MFA program—in Experimental and Documentary Arts—invites the public to showings of the documentary works-in-progress of the fifteen students from the class of 2014. The students are all enrolled in the first year Documentary Fieldwork seminar taught by Alex Harris. Five students will present their work on Wednesday, December 5, and ten students will […]


MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts Exhibition on View at Duke Arts Festival

MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts Exhibition on View at Duke Arts Festival

The centerpiece of the annual Duke Arts Festival (October 26–November 4), which celebrates student work in all visual art forms and performance genres, is a major on-campus exhibition of work by Duke students. Works cover a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, graphic design, printing, digital art, and film, created by student artists from […]


Duke Student and Faculty Work Screening at New York Film Festivals

Duke Student and Faculty Work Screening at New York Film Festivals

Work by three students and two instructors in Duke’s MFA in Documentary and Experimental Arts program was selected for the 50th Annual New York Film Festival, and a film by Certificate in Documentary Studies graduate Jean Rheem will be screened at the NYC Independent Film Festival. Films by MFA students Marika Borgeson (Impressions), Erin Espelie (Beyond Expression Bright), and […]


MFA Wang Dang Doodle: End-of-Year Celebration and Student Presentations, Monday, May 7

MFA Wang Dang Doodle: End-of-Year Celebration and Student Presentations, Monday, May 7

The Triangle’s Independent Weekly called the launch of Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFAEDA) program “one of the great art stories this year.” Come see for yourself at an end-of-semester celebration featuring an evening of student works from the 2011–12 academic year. Members of the inaugural class will present two-dimensional and installation works, […]


Exhibit Opening: “Preoccupations” Presents the Work of Duke MFA Students

Exhibit Opening: "Preoccupations" Presents the Work of Duke MFA Students

  A preoccupation; an absorption, engrossment, something that holds the attention. Preoccupations, a public exhibition of works by members of the inaugural class of Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFAEDA), will open on the Duke campus on April 19; the works represent the students’ preoccupations and the preoccupations of those around them. The […]


New MFA Student Blog—“Influences”—Launches

New MFA Student Blog—“Influences”—Launches

The fifteen students in the inaugural class of Duke’s first MFA program—in Experimental and Documentary Arts—have launched a blog, Influences, that was 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 […]


Save the Date: Showings of MFA Student Works-in-Progress, December 13

Save the Date: Showings of MFA Student Works-in-Progress, December 13

Duke’s first MFA program invites the public to showings of the documentary works-in-progress of the fifteen students from the inaugural class. The students are all enrolled in the first year Documentary Fieldwork seminar taught by Alex Harris. The work of three students—Philip Brubaker, Wolfgang Hastert, and Jolene Mok was shown on Tuesday, December 6 (see end […]