Ends on March 15, 2018

Submissions are now open for the Power Plant Gallery public studio residencies. 

A laboratory for the arts, the Power Plant Gallery promotes creative work, while engaging with audiences through the transformative power of the arts. Each summer we turn the gallery into the PPGStudios supporting artists in their creative experimentation. 

We are accepting applications for two separate, six-week public studio residencies.

  • Residency 1: June 1–July 14, 2018
  • Residency 2: July 23-September 1, 2018
Each residency has 24/7 access our 1500-square-foot space located at American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC. Residencies are available to an individual artist or group. Each residency comes with a $750 stipend, paid at the end of the residency. 

This opportunity is open to artists in all mediums, at all stages of their careers, including students. Artists working with hazardous materials cannot be considered due to our location.

Artists-in-residence should be willing to:
  • Engage with the public during open studio hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
  • Organize at least one public engagement
  • Advance their work during their stay
To apply please submit the following:
  • A project statement of no more than 500 words that describes the work you will undertake during your residency
  • Brief artist bio of no more than 250 words. If a group, please provide a group bio
  • Samples of your work, which could include jpeg images of previous work, video, audio, websites, or other mediums. Please limit your samples to a total of 10 jpeg images, or 10 minutes of video/audio work. 
  • A title list that corresponds to the samples with applicable information such as media, dimensions, date complete and any caption information
  • CV, if a group, please provide for each artist
For questions please contact Caitlin Margaret Kelly at powerplantgallery@duke.edu.

The 2018 Jury:
Tamika Galanis is a documentarian and multimedia visual artist. A Bahamian native, Galanis's work examines the complexities of living in a place shrouded in tourism’s ideal during the age of climate concerns. Her photography-based practice includes traditional documentary work and new media abstractions of written, oral, and archival histories. Galanis is the inaugural post-MFA Fellow in the Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies.

Bill Fick is a printmaker who lives and works in Durham, North Carolina. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies. Over the past 25 years, he has exhibited his prints nationally and internationally and has taught at many institutions across the United States including the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill and Greensboro), Pratt Institute and Rutgers University. Fick’s work can be found in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; The New York Public Library and the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University. In 1993 Fick was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship and in 1995 a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship. Fick is also the director of Supergraphic a creative art studio dedicated to the production of fine art prints and print media.

Caitlin Margaret Kelly is the director of the Power Plant Gallery, and a practicing artist. Kelly started the #PPGArtists public studio residency in 2016 with the goal of supporting local artists, as well as investing the public in the art-making process. As director of the Power Plant Gallery Kelly has curated exhibitions that explore the range of documentary and experimental works, including an all sound, broadcast audio exhibit 'Soundings: Protest|Politics|Dissent'. Kelly works regularly with the MFA students in Duke's Experimental and Documentary Arts program, as well as one-on-one with undergraduates in the new professional development program.

The Power Plant Gallery is an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. 

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