Archive for April, 2016

April 29: Small Town, USA Pop-Up Exhibition and Student Presentations

April 29: Small Town, USA Pop-Up Exhibition and Student Presentations

For the past ten years, Duke University undergraduates have been documenting Hillsborough, North Carolina, each spring as part of Small Town, USA, a course at the Center for Documentary Studies taught by Susie Post-Rust. Each student chooses a photography project to pursue within the town and spends the semester documenting that story. Small Town, USA Pop-Up […]


June 13–19: LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph Offers Opportunities for Students

June 13–19: LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph Offers Opportunities for Students

With our connections to and great admiration for the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia, we at the Center for Documentary Studies are looking forward to the annual event’s next installment, June 13–19. LOOK3 is about celebrating the vision of extraordinary photographers, igniting conversations about critical issues, and fostering the next generation of artists. […]


“Where We Live: A North Carolina Portrait” Photography Exhibit

"Where We Live: A North Carolina Portrait" Photography Exhibit

A documentary photography project on housing and living conditions in the state—Where We Live: A North Carolina Portrait—features the 1971–72 work of acclaimed documentary photographer Alex Harris, a Duke professor and cofounder of the school’s Center for Documentary Studies, and contemporary work by three of his former students, all graduates of Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program: Rachel Boillot, Jennifer […]


April 29: Fresh Docs Series Screens “A Sense of the Fitness of Things”

April 29: Fresh Docs Series Screens “A Sense of the Fitness of Things”

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Lisa Sorg’s A Sense of the Fitness of Things. (View trailer.) The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, a moderated conversation with the filmmaker(s) will be held, during which the audience provides valuable feedback.  Note: Fresh Docs screenings […]


2016 Julia Harper Day Award Winner: Katie Jane Fernelius

2016 Julia Harper Day Award Winner: Katie Jane Fernelius

The Julia Harper Day Award was created by the Center for Documentary Studies in 1992 in memory of the young woman who was CDS’s first staff member, a writer and photographer of real accomplishment. This $500 award goes to a graduating Duke University senior who has demonstrated excellence in documentary studies and contributed significantly to CDS programs. This year’s Julia […]


2016 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates Present Capstone Projects

2016 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates Present Capstone Projects

On May 1, six Duke University students graduating with a Certificate in Documentary Studies—a program that attracts undergraduates to the Center for Documentary Studies from across the arts and sciences—will present their final projects to the public and receive their certificates, followed by a celebratory BBQ. Under the guidance of Alex Harris and Nancy Kalow, the students completed their […]


#PPGArtists: Public Studio Residencies at the Power Plant Gallery

#PPGArtists: Public Studio Residencies at the Power Plant Gallery

This summer, the Power Plant Gallery, an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University, inaugurates a residency program for individual artists and artist groups. Three separate one-month public studio residencies will be held in June, July, and August at the 1,500-square-foot gallery, located at the historic American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham. […]


2016 Full Frame Winners Announced: Grand Jury, CDS Filmmaker, and Other Festival Awards

2016 Full Frame Winners Announced: Grand Jury, CDS Filmmaker, and Other Festival Awards

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced the 2016 festival award recipients on April 10, 2016, the last day of the nineteenth annual event. Nine awards and a special jury mention were given, including Full Frame’s top prize, the Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award (Starless Dreams) with a Special Jury Mention (Gleason), and the […]


Register Now for 2016 Summer Institutes in the Documentary Arts

Register Now for 2016 Summer Institutes in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies is offering nine summer learning opportunities in 2016 through our Continuing Education program. These intensive Summer Institute sessions, lasting from two to eight days, are open to the general public. Their completion counts as credit toward the Certificate in Documentary Arts for those students working toward a certificate. Registration is now open for the […]


Submissions Are Open for 2016 Lange-Taylor Prize; May 16 Deadline

Submissions Are Open for 2016 Lange-Taylor Prize; May 16 Deadline

This year marks the twenty-sixth anniversary of the prestigious Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize, awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies. The $10,000 prize is given to encourage documentary work in the tradition of acclaimed photographer Lange and writer and social scientist Taylor, and supports documentary artists—working alone or in teams—whose existing, extended fieldwork projects rely on the interplay of words and images. […]


We’re Hiring! Apply Now for Full-Time Business Manager Position

We’re Hiring! Apply Now for Full-Time Business Manager Position

THE SEARCH FOR THIS POSITION HAS BEEN CLOSED The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) is hiring a business manager who will be responsible for overall administrative management and coordination of a variety of functions for CDS, including finance, budget, personnel, grant administration, support for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs, and policy interpretation […]


Guest Post: A Self-Care Coach Experiences “The Self-Care Exhibit” at CDS

Guest Post: A Self-Care Coach Experiences "The Self-Care Exhibit" at CDS

Halona Shaw is the founder and owner of Eyes Turned Skyward, an organization providing wellness and self-care coaching. Shaw recently visited The Self-Care Exhibit, on view now at the Center for Documentary Studies, and wrote about her restorative experience within the space. Enjoy this guest post, and be sure to visit the exhibit before it closes […]


“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 […]


May 14 & 15: Commencement Events for the MFA|EDA Class of 2016

May 14 & 15: Commencement Events for the MFA|EDA Class of 2016

Congratulations to the MFA|EDA Class of 2016! During a two-day commencement celebration May 14–15, sixteen students will receive their MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts degrees from Duke University. An open studio event will be followed the next day by a special MFA|EDA Commencement and Diploma Distribution at the Nasher Museum of Art, which will feature Pulitzer […]