About Us.

The Power Plant Gallery at American Tobacco Campus
is an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies
and the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program at Duke University.

A laboratory for documentary and experimental art practices at Duke University, the Power Plant Gallery provides ongoing opportunities for Duke students, faculty, and staff and Durham communities to consider the essential role and transformative
capacity of the arts in society.

The gallery is a vibrant 1,500-square-foot space located on the ground floor of the Power Plant at the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham, a dynamic facility that also includes the Full Frame Theater, a state-of-the-art screening space with digital projection, as well as the Boiler Room, a unique event venue flanked by mammoth coal-fired boilers used in the original building. The offices of the Center for Documentary Studies’ Full Frame Documentary Film Festival are also housed on the first floor of the building. With renovations completed in 2012, the Power Plant still bears the traces of its remarkable history.

Our Team:

Caitlin Margaret Kelly, Director
Qathi Hart, Graduate Assistant
Colleen Pesci, Graduate Assistant

Contact Us

Phone: 919-660-3622
Email: powerplantgallery@duke.edu
Mailing Address: Box 90800, Durham, NC 27708-0800
Physical Address: Power Plant Building, Suite 100, American Tobacco Campus, 320 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC 27701


Summer Hours (June, July, and August)

Tuesday: by appointment
Wednesday: by appointment
Thursday: 11am–6pm
Friday: 11am–6pm
*Extended hours on most third Fridays of the month during an exhibition, 11am–8pm
Saturday: 11am–6pm

The gallery is sometimes closed for installation, maintenance, or university scheduling considerations. Please call 919-660-3622 to ensure that the Power Plant Gallery is open before making a special trip to see an exhibition.


Power Plant Building Suite 100
American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell Street
Durham, NC 27701

Short Term Visitor Parking
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free 2-hour parking is located on the first level of each of American Tobacco Campus’s three parking decks. For more information and directions, click here.

American Tobacco Campus Map

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Power Plant Building, Suite 100 American Tobacco Campus 320 Blackwell Street Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-660-3622 | Email: PowerPlantGallery@duke.edu | Mailing Address: Box 90800 Durham, NC 27708-0800