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

Contact Us

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



A Note About In-Person Viewing and COVID-19 Safety Measures
The Power Plant Gallery is committed to the physical and emotional experience that comes with sharing proximity to art. However, we will prioritize the safety of our staff and patrons first. The PPG has developed a checklist for reopening that includes tracking local and regional COVID numbers, getting the appropriate permissions from Duke University, training staff on additional monitoring, hygiene and cleaning protocols, in addition to making the gallery safe and accessible to all.

At this time the gallery will remain closed to in-person viewing. Once we are given permission to open by Duke, a link to reservations will be made available for our exhibitions. Walk-ins will be welcome, but patrons will be asked to make a reservation at the door.

The Power Plant Gallery believes in supporting the voice and mission of our local and regional artists and we look forward to opening our doors again soon. All questions about in-person viewing should be directed to the Power Plant Gallery at 919-660-3622 or powerplantgallery@duke.edu.


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

Short Term Visitor Parking
For up-to-date parking information please visit the American Tobacco Campus website.

We welcome patrons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or accommodations. Please contact Caitlin Margaret Kelly at 919-660-3622, or via email, at powerplantgallery@duke.edu. You can also download a pdf of the best accessible route by clicking here (with photos).

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