The Power Plant Gallery offers several exhibition, programming and professional development opportunities for Duke students, as well as local, regional and national artists. Some opportunities are exclusively for Duke students, such as our Professional Development Award, while others are aimed at student and professional artists alike.


Work by James Robinson

Professional Development Award

The Power Plant Gallery Professional Development Award is given to an undergraduate student at Duke University who has been nominated by faculty or staff. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis and exhibitions occur periodically. Students selected for the award come from departments across campus, and have demonstrated a commitment to practicing the arts, either as a major or as a significant component of their work. The award comes with a solo exhibition, performance or event at the Power Plant Gallery, a stipend, and extensive mentoring, with the end goal to present professional-level work to the greater Triangle area. All types of art-making are eligible for nominations. The form of the public presentation is tailored to the awardee's needs. Faculty or staff who wish to nominate a student may click here to do so. [Image: Installation shot from We See the Change: The Human Cost of a Warming Climate, James Robinson]

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Available to both Duke undergraduate and graduate students, the Power Plant Gallery has opportunities to volunteer during installations, deinstallations, and events. We are also seeking paid interns for various functions such as marketing or social media for the arts. Please email the director at powerplantgallery@duke.edu for more information. 

#PPGArtists Public Studio Residency

#PPArtists is open to students and local and regional artists. A laboratory for the arts, the Power Plant Gallery at Duke University promotes creative work, while engaging with audiences through the transformative power of the arts. Each summer we turn the gallery into a studio to support artists in their creative experimentation. Residencies are available to an individual artist or group. Artists selected for this residency will have 24/7 access to our 1500-square-foot space located at American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC, and receive a stipend, paid at the end of the residency. For more information please click here

Submit an Exhibition Proposal

Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at the Power Plant Gallery. We accept exhibition proposals on a rolling basis from students and professional artists and will be in touch with you if we are interested. The Power Plant Gallery exhibits contemporary art ranging from traditional documentary to experimental works. Please look at our past exhibitions to get a sense of what we do. If you think your work is a good fit for us please fill out our exhibition proposal form.

Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Awards

The Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library is accepting submissions for the 2020-2021 Collection Awards. This opportunity is open to non-students and those not already in the collections of the Rubenstein Library. This year the ADA is seeking to add to the Archive up to four projects focused on racial inequality in the United States. They are seeking documentary projects that delve deeply into the relationships between structures of power and racism, including: anti-racism movements, environmental justice, housing inequality, Black trans rights, among many others. BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and documentary artists working in their own communities are highly encouraged to apply. Each award comes with an honorarium of $3,500. For more information please click here.


[Header Image: Installation shot from Renzo Ortega: What I Left and What I Brought]