Story+ Project

Manipulated Materials: Documentary Sculpture


The Story+ team for Manipulated Materials will be curating and preparing the fall 2020 exhibition at the Power Plant Gallery which will focus on documentary sculpture. The exhibition artists will be pre-selected, but team members will be interacting with artists, either via in-person studio visit or conference call, researching the themes of the exhibition, as well as creating the in-gallery text, guides and educational materials. We will also begin laying out the exhibit. During the six weeks team members will take an idea and move it closer a concrete reality while considering real-life constraints, such as budget and staffing limitations, and needs such as programming meaningful to both the Duke and greater Durham communities. Students should expect to come away with a good idea of the behind-the-scenes prep work for an exhibition, and begin to consider ways in which art and the gallery interact with and for communities.

Skills undergrad:

Deadline oriented, capable of working independently and reporting back to the team, attention to detail and respect for your team members’ time is a must. Act according to directions or the needs of the team, whether that need is communicated in person or via email. Other skills: familiarity with Adobe suite, such as Photoshop and InDesign. Familiarity with Word and Excel. Research skills that involve using a library as well as online sources. Ability to write succinctly to communicate broad and complex ideas.. An eye for design is a plus, as is familiarity with 3D modelling software such as Sketchup or Maya.

Skills grad:

Same as above, also: ability to stay organized, prioritize needs, and lead a team of several people. Good email etiquette needed. Copyediting skills and any project management experience a plus.

Project Sponsor(s): 

Caitlin Margaret Kelly, Director of Power Plant Gallery

Graduate Mentor(s): 

Caoimhe Harlock, PhD candidate, English


Rezilience Williamson, Mina Jang, Ayesham Khan, Jade Xiong (MFA candidate, Experimental and Documentary Arts)


  • Art
  • Visual Media
  • Documentary