Duke University - Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts

  • Thomas S Rankin

  • Professor of the Practice of Art, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Director, Center for Documentary Studies
  • MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts
  • 1317 W Pettigrew St
  • Campus Box 90802
  • Phone: (919) 660-3613, (919) 660-3610
  • Fax: (919) 681-7600
  • Homepage
  • Specialties

    • Photography, Filmaking & Folklore
    • Production - Documentary
  • Research Description

    A photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist, Tom Rankin has been documenting and interpreting American culture for nearly twenty years. His books include Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993), which received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography, 'Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre': Photographs of a River Life(1995), Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain (1997), and Local Heroes Changing America: Indivisible (2000).
  • Teaching

    • DOCST 290S.02
      • SPECIAL TOPICS IN DOC STUDIES
      • Bridges 113
      • Tu 12:00 PM-02:30 PM
    • MFAEDA 720.01
      • Critique I
      • SEE INSTRU
      • W 01:40 PM-05:00 PM
    • MFAEDA 722.01
      • CRITIQUE III
      • SEE INSTRU
      • W 01:40 PM-05:00 PM
    • MFAEDA 723.01
      • CRITIQUE IV
      • White 104
      • W 01:40 PM-05:00 PM
  • Education

      • MFA,
      • Georgia State University,
      • 1987
      • MA,
      • Folklore,
      • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
      • 1983
      • BA,
      • American History,
      • Tufts University,
      • 1980
      • Other,
      • Under direction of Jim Dow and Bill Burke,
      • School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA,
      • 1978
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • 100 Most Important People in Photography,
      • American Photo Magazine,
      • May, 2005
      • Visiting Artist-in-Residence,
      • Ecole De La Nationale Photographie, Arles, France,
      • 1997
      • Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters Photography Award,
      • 1991
      • Faculty Research Grant for Photographic survey of Highway 61 in Mississippi,
      • Delta State University,
      • 1988
      • Jurors Cash Award, Contemporary Photography exhibit,
      • Marietta-Cobb Fine Arts Center,
      • 1987
      • Historic Preservation Award,
      • City of Biloxi, Biloxi, MS,
      • 1985
      • University Fellowship,
      • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
      • 1980-82
  • Recent Publications

      • Tom Rankin.
      • A Place of Tender Images: Paul Kwilecki's Four Decades of Photography of Decatur County, GA.
      • Forthcoming, Fall 2012.
      • Tom Rankin.
      • Truths of the Matter: Traditions in Documentary Studies.
      • Forthcoming 2012.
      • Colors of Confinement: Color Photographs of Japanese AmericanIncarceration in World War II.
      • 2012.
      Publication Description

      Center for Documentary Studies and University of North Carolina Press Series in Documentary Art and Culture

      • In This Timeless Time.
      • Fall 2011.
      Publication Description

      Center for Documentary Studies and University of North Carolina Press Series in Documentary Art and Culture

      • Tom Rankin.
      • "The Cruel Radiance of the Obvious."
      • Southern Cultures.
      • Summer 2011.
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