Thomas S. Rankin

Thomas S. Rankin

Professor of the Practice of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

External Address: 
1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90802, Durham, NC 27708-0802
(919) 660-3613


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
(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

Education & Training

  • M.F.A., Georgia State University 1987

  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1983

  • B.A., Tufts University 1980

Selected Grants

Graduate Film Scholarship awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020

Film Fellowship awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

UndraBorn: Extraordinary Children awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2010

Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2008

Nuestras Historias/Nuestros Suenos: Our History/Our Dreams - Latino Immigrants in North Carolina awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2007

Gallery in the Classroom awarded by National Endowment for the Arts (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2002