Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship

Needles from my grandfather’s ship. Photograph by Alina Taalman.

Alina Taalman (MFA ‘15) is the recipient of the inaugural Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship. She will travel to Estonia to “make a film that explores my Estonian family history, which has always been broken into fleeting narratives.” Taalman’s fellowship will begin in August and will culminate with a public presentation in Durham in spring 2018.

The Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship, made possible through a partnership between Cassilhaus, the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA|EDA), and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, was created with the idea that travel can be transformative in the life of an emerging artist. The biennial $10,000 fellowship, funded by Ellen Cassilly and Frank Konhaus of Cassilhaus, supports recent Duke University MFA|EDA graduates in their artistic research and practice beyond the traditional educational environment for an eighteen-month period.