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The Artist as Researcher


Aug 31 2017


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Power Plant Gallery

320 Blackwell St, American Tobacco Campus, Durham, NC

The Artist as Researcher

The Artist as Researcher

With Julia Gartrell, Howard Craft, M.C. Taylor, and Aya Shabu

Join us for this lunchtime discussion with current #PPGArtist and sculptor Julia Gartrell, playwright Howard Craft, musician M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger, and former #PPGArtist and performance artist Aya Shabu, as they discuss their research methodologies in the pursuit of their craft.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Power Plant Gallery, 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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"The conversation was, as the title demonstrates, an exploration of the research that artists engage in while making work — and more importantly, for the gallery, an acknowledgement that many artists are scholars." —Caitlin Margaret Kelly, In Gratitude: The Artist as Researcher, Forum Online


Julia Gartrell

Julia Gartrell is a sculptor based in Durham, NC. She received an MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a BA in Art from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Her work explores Southern lore, Appalachian craft traditions, methods of mending, and material culture. Her research includes the…...

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Howard L. Craft

Howard L. Craft is a poet, playwright, and arts educator. He is a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Playwriting Fellowship and the author of several plays. The Off-Off Broadway Production of his most recent work, Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green, was chosen as the New York…...

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Aya Shabu

Aya Shabu is a professional dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist living in Durham, North Carolina. A 2012-2013 Emerging Artist Grant recipient, Aya has choreographed for some of the Triangle's best theatrical productions, most notably The Parchman Hour, I Love My Hair and The Brothers Size. An alum of the nationally…...

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M.C. Taylor

M.C. Taylor, Durham-based musical omnivore, birthed the folk rock band, Hiss Golden Messenger. "At once firmly steeped in tradition and immediately accessible" (NPR), Hiss Golden Messenger calls up a wide spectrum of American vernacular music, from Archie Brownlee to the Staple Singers, from Van Morrison to Townes Van Zandt. HGM…...

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