MFA|EDA Caitlin M. Kelly (’14) Joins Power Plant Gallery

For Immediate Release:

Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts(MFA|EDA) and Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) are pleased to announce the hiring of Caitlin Margaret Kelly as the Power Plant Gallery’s Public Program Director.  Kelly will coordinate, curate, and promote exhibitions in the Power Plant Gallery, a joint initiative of the MFA|EDA and CDS located at the American Tobacco Campus.

“Caitlin Margaret Kelly brings a wealth of documentary experience to the Power Plant Gallery,” said MFA|EDA director Tom Rankin. “We believe her work as an artist and journalist gives her a rich perspective from which to envision and lead the gallery’s exhibitions programming.  An experienced collaborator, her energy and spirit will foster many transformative partnerships at Duke and throughout Durham.”

An artist and educator with nearly twenty years of experience as a photojournalist, Kelly is a 2014 MFA|EDA graduate. Her MFA thesis, “Please Call Me By My True Names” is a series of portraits and installations confronting the history and image of women living with HIV and AIDS. She was the inaugural Graduate Arts Fellow with Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics during the 2012-13 academic year.  

The Power Plant Gallery is an off-site extension of the arts at Duke, promoting visual arts engagement with students, faculty, and visitors from Durham and beyond. An exciting addition to the growing, vibrant Durham art scene, the Power Plant Gallery is a laboratory for the arts, providing ongoing opportunities for engagement with art practices that consider the essential role and transformative capacity of the arts in society.

“It’s greatly enhancing to both the MFA and CDS to have Caitlin Margaret Kelly at the helm in the Power Plant Gallery,” said CDS director Wesley Hogan. “We envision that space, with the Full Frame Theater housed in the same building, as a hub between Duke and Durham in particular, a connection that is a central part of our mission at the Center for Documentary Studies.”


About the Power Plant Gallery:

A laboratory for documentary and experimental art practices at Duke University, the Power Plant Gallery provides ongoing opportunities for Duke students, faculty, and staff and Durham communities to consider the essential role and transformative capacity of the arts in society.

The gallery is a vibrant 1,500-square-foot space located on the ground floor of the Power Plant at the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham, a dynamic facility that also includes the Full Frame Theater, a state-of-the-art screening space with digital projection, as well as the Boiler Room, a unique event venue flanked by mammoth coal-fired boilers used in the original building. The offices of the Center for Documentary Studies’ Full Frame Documentary Film Festival are also housed on the first floor of the building. With renovations completed in 2012, the Power Plant still bears the traces of its remarkable history.


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