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Date & Time
March 16, 2020March 27, 2020
Free; open to all during visiting hours. Visiting Hours
Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27708 United States

The people of Walnut Cove, North Carolina, live in the shadow of Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station, where toxic coal ash is kept in a massive unlined storage pond and toxins are pumped into the air, water, and soil. Will Warasila spent the last year and a half getting to know the residents, the landscape, the structures of energy and power.

About the Artist

Will Warasila is a Durham, North Carolina, based photographer. After receiving a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, Will Warasila is now pursuing an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. Increasingly, he has found his subjects outside of the urban landscape. His work has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vice, Atmos, and other outlets.

About the MFA|EDA Program

The Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University, established in 2011, couples experimental visual practice with the documentary arts in a rigorous two-year program. For more than three decades, Duke has demonstrated leadership in documentary arts, film and video, and visual studies. Drawing upon this commitment to the arts, as well as the university’s existing strengths in historical, theoretical and technological scholarship, the MFA|EDA offers a distinct learning environment that sees interdisciplinary education as a benchmark for significant creativity, innovation, and documentary storytelling. More information on the program, faculty, curriculum and application guidelines is available on the MFA|EDA website at Additional inquiries may be sent to

Special Thanks

The MFA|EDA program is grateful to the following organizations for their support of the artists and exhibitions: Duke University Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Center for Documentary Studies, Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University, Power Plant Gallery, Fredric Jameson Gallery, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, NorthStar Church of the Arts, Campus Center Arts, Cassilhaus, Duke Sculpture Studio, and Rubenstein Arts Center.

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