MFA|EDA Bragdeck Roundup - Fall 2022

Introducing the MFA | EDA Class of 2023

Erin Espelie (’14) contributed an essay to the Art & Science issue ofissue of Tilt West Journal (vol 4, October 2022).

Jolene Mok (’13) is an Artist In Residence with the Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation in Finland.

Zaire MacPhearson (’20) exhibits For Colored Girls at Bright Black, on view now through December 17.

Two items for Vann Powell (’23): Vann’s review of Shane Rocheleau’s monograph Lakeside for Float Magazine can be found here. Vann’s book, Points of Entry, published by Benschop Books, will debut on Friday November 4 at the Boston Art Book Fair.

Anna Kipervaser (’15) screens With The Tide, with the tide at the Enguage Experimental Film Festival in Seattle, November 2-5, and in ocula oculorum at the Istanbul Experimental Film FestivalNovember 23-27.

Alex Morelli (’20) named among the 25 New Faces of Film by Filmmaker Magazine. 2018 visiting artist Erin Johnson too. Congrats all.

How to Explain Your Mental Illness to Stanley Kubrick by Philip Brubaker (’13) is streaming via the Mental Filmness Festival until Nov 6.

Duke MFAs in the 2022 Cucalorus Film Festival: Home by Yasaman Baghban (’23) , After Sherman by Jon Sesrie-Goff(’16), In the Weeds by Laura Asherman (’23) and Charley Watson (’23), and Nonlinear Body by Laura Asherman (’23) andLeo Ryan (MFA-EIP).

Jonna McKone (’15) received a 2022 American Stories Doc Fellowship Grant from CNN Films and Points North Institute.

Fati Abubakar (’20) has launched an arts education non-profit focused on education and digital literacy. The first phase of the project is the Kanem Creative collective. Learn more and see the Open Calls at

Quicker Than Coal Ash by Will Warasila (’20) will be published by Gnomic Book and will launch at Paris Photo in November. The project was Will’s 2020 MFA|EDA thesis exhibition, and the book features an essay by Alexa Dilworth.

MFA|EDA director Tom Rankin contributed an essay and images to Southern Spaces: A Journal About Real and Imagined Spaces and Places of the US South and Their Global Connections (Emory University). Find the essay, Covid Light and Darkness Alike, here.

Kristin Bedford (’14) exhibits Cruise Night in a solo show at Galerie Catherine et AndréHug in Paris, November 3 – December 17.

Alina Taalman (’15) screens Kolmas Punkt (her Full Frame and Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship film) at Analogica, November 10-15.

Harlan Campbell will exhibit his commissioned work, Silver Harvest: A History of Now, at Click! Photography Festival, opening October 21, at the Durham Arts Council’s Semans Gallery.

Yasaman Baghban (’23) has been awarded the 2022-2023 Religions and Public Life Initiative Graduate Fellowship at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Lou Bennett (’23) illustrated Cardinal by Marty Silverthorne, for the September issue of Walter Magazine.

Smile Little Ladybug by Laura Asherman (’23) is the Jewish Film Institute’s Short Film of the Month.

Will Warasila (’20) shares a Burnaway excerpt from Twilight III: Permit S502408, an in-progress collaboration with Elena Peterman and Junior Walk.

Tamika Galanis (’16) has been named a 2022-2023 Emory Arts Fellow.

John Rash (’14) won Southdocs’ Best Short Documentary award for his film Sam Wang: Centripetal Persistence.

How to Explain Your Mental Illness to Stanley Kubrick, by Philip Brubaker (’13), was a finalist for Best Experimental Film at the 2022 Polish International Film Festival.

 MFA|EDA director Tom Rankin is a recent guest of the 27 Views podcast. Listen to Episode 2: Chasing Goats with Tom Rankin here. And while you’re there, check out Episode 1: Remembering Dinner with Randall Kenan.

Talena Sanders (’13) is Artist in Residence at La Clinica, and is exhibiting in The Coronation, Aug 19-Oct 16.

Sarah Garrahan (’14) edited Silent Beauty by director Jasmin Mara López, which premiered at the Blackstar Film Festival.

Anna Kipervaser (’15) is a Manifest Artist in Residence and VSW Artist in Residence, and her film How a Sprig of Fir Would Replace a Feather will screen at Mono No Aware in their Open Air Screening Series, from dusk till dawn Sept 2-4. Visible from 72 Rockwell Place, Brooklyn, NY. Donations go to Ukraine TrustChain.

Congratulations to post-MFA Teaching Fellows for 2022-23: Archer Boyette (’21) and Nathan Borradaile Wright (’22)

Smile Little Ladybug by Laura Asherman (’23) won Best Short Documentary at the Atlanta Children’s Film Festival, exhibited at the Macon and Sidewalk film festivals, and will screen at the upcoming Footcandle Film Festival.

Juan L. Velazquez (’23) has been named the 2022-23 Kenan Institute for Ethics Graduate Arts Fellow.

Vitoria Bitencourt (’23) curated Intimate Visions, on view through Sept 25 at the Power Plant Gallery.

Vann Powell (’23) is a participating photographer in Slow Exposures. His image Bridge Over the Alamance was selected for the September 2022 festival.

Duke and CDS alumna and MFA|EDA visiting artist Gwendolyn Oxenham has a new podcast: Hustle Rule. Check it out.

Kinship by Jill McCorkle and Tom Rankin is featured in the South Writ Large Summer 2022 post.

We are very proud to learn that There’s a Hellhound on Your Trail, the MFA|EDA 2015 Commencement Address delivered by Randall Kenan, is included in Black Folk Could Fly, a posthumous collection of essays recently published by WW Norton, and featured in the New York Times Book Review.