mfaeda thesis

This spring, Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts will celebrate the successes of the class of 2018 in MFA|EDA 2018, the program’s annual thesis exhibition on view from March 16-April 14.

Featuring site-specific projects by twelve MFA|EDA graduating students, the exhibition presents a tremendous range of work including presentations of film and video, installation, sculpture, photography, performance, social practice, sound, and multimedia, over the course of four weeks across Duke’s campus and downtown Durham.

Exhibiting in MFA|EDA 2018:
Lexi Bass
Kaley Clements
Phyllis B. Dooney
Summer Dunsmore
Rachel Jessen
Danny Kim
Katie King
Jeremy M. Lange
Theresa Scott
Laurids Andersen Sonne
Nadia Stevens
Xingyao Zheng

The exhibition continues through March and April with a series of receptions, film premieres, and artist-talks at venues including The Carrack Modern Art, SPECTRE Arts, the Fredric Jameson Gallery, the Rubenstein Arts Center, Shadowbox Studio, Full Frame Theater and the Power Plant Gallery at the American Tobacco Campus.

MFA|EDA 2018 Kick Off Celebration
Wednesday, March 21, 5:30pm
Power Plant Gallery at the American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell Street, Durham, North Carolina
(Under the Lucky Strike smokestack)


MFA|EDA 2018 Closing Shindig
ENCORE SCREENING @ Full Frame Theater
Sunday, April 14, 2pm

Followed by Closing Party @ SPECTRE Arts
1004 Morning Glory Avenue, Durham, NC

The Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University (MFA|EDA), established in 2011, couples experimental visual practice with the documentary arts in a rigorous two-year program. For more than three decades, Duke has demonstrated leadership in documentary arts, film and video, and visual studies. Drawing upon this commitment to the arts, as well as the university’s existing strengths in historical, theoretical and technological scholarship, the MFA|EDA offers a distinct learning environment that sees interdisciplinary education as a benchmark for significant creativity, innovation, and documentary storytelling. More information on the program, faculty, curriculum and application guidelines is available on the MFA|EDA website at Additional inquiries may be sent to

The MFA|EDA program, artists and thesis exhibition receive additional support from the Duke University MFA Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, the Center for Documentary Studies, the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University, the Power Plant Gallery, the Fredric Jameson Gallery, Rubenstein Arts Center, Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Carrack Modern Art, Shadowbox Studio and SPECTRE Arts.