American Tobacco Hosting Inaugural Artist-in-Residence at Power Plant Gallery

William Paul Thomas

William Paul Thomas

Did you know you experience great art at the Power Plant at American Tobacco?

This summer, the Power Plant Gallery, an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University, inaugurates a residency program for individual artists and artist groups. Three separate one-month public studio residencies will be held in June, July, and August at the 1,500-square-foot gallery, located at the historic American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham.

The series kicks off with William Paul Thomas as the first-ever artist-in-residence at the Power Plant Gallery.

TEEF:  Good for the Soul

William Paul Thomas – TEEF: Good for the Soul

While in residence, Thomas will paint portraits and document video of local residents for his experimental project, Mood Swings.

“My goal,” Thomas says, “is to compose a series of enigmatic and endearing living portraits that stitch together the lives of a diverse group of people using their own words.”

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the project, or participating is invited to visit during the gallery’s summer hours (below), or contact the artist directly by email at Participation is free and voluntary. Participants will likely be asked to smile in front of a camera for an undetermined amount of time.

Artist’s Talk and Discussion with William Paul Thomas
Reception: Friday, June 17, 2016, 5p.m.–8p.m.
Artist’s Talk begins at 6:30p.m.

The Power Plant Gallery is open to the public Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11a.m.–6p.m. Come engage with Thomas or simply observe the artist’s process.

About the Power Plant Gallery at American Tobacco
A laboratory for documentary and experimental art practices, the Power Plant Gallery promotes creative work while engaging with audiences through the transformative power of the arts in society. In this spirit, the gallery will hold open hours Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. during the summer residencies to foster public interest in the art-making process, not just the final product. Artists-in-residence will be encouraged to engage with the public during open hours, exploring the full relationship between artist and audience, and will have full access to the gallery space during the rest of the week.

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Thanks to American Tobacco for these capcom photos.

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