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Growing a
culture for art at Duke

The arts thrive at Duke. Leading academic programs, critically-acclaimed presenting organizations and embedded visiting artists create connections between campus, the cultural momentum of Durham, NC, and international thinkers, makers and performers.

Pictured above: Introducing the Graywill Award for Arts Leadership & Service. Learn more.

The Office of the
Vice-Provost for the Arts

The Vice Provost for the Arts is charged with transforming the arts at Duke. This office works with academic, student, and community arts programs to embed art into the mainstream Duke experience.

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  • 31 Arts Degrees, Minors, and Certificates
    Duke Arts programs leverage the resources of a top research university
  • 70 Visiting Artists supported since 2007
    Hosted by departments across Duke
  • 105 Total arts faculty
    52 are practicing professional artists
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Arts+ at Duke: Sönke Johnsen

As a young man, Sönke Johnsen was an avid photographer who drew and painted, danced like crazy, and did some writing and set design on the side. Then he found that his true artistic calling—biology.

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Made at Duke

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Pop América, 1965-1975

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Public programs in the arts from across campus and into Durham.

Snapshots

At Duke, the arts are an engine of collaboration and innovation—students from all backgrounds engage with artistic practice.

Nina Chanel Abney is a visiting artist at both Duke and UNC Chapel Hill this February and March. Abney at the Nasher Museum of Art. Photo by J Caldwell, courtesy of the Nasher.
Young female student standing outdoors at mic on central campus
Watch "Creativity at Duke" and see how students engage with the arts. Play Video
9th Wonder on a stool looking back next to an interviewer and TV camera
9th Wonder, also a lecturing fellow at Duke, is interviewed by NBC's Today Show in the Rubenstein Arts Center. Photo by Duke Arts.
Student dancers outdoors at night in Duke blue shirts with arms raised
Student dance groups performed at Duke President's Vincent E. Price's inauguration. Photo by Duke Photography.
Art on view in Duke Chapel, which presents rotating exhibitions throughout the year. Photo courtesy of Duke Chapel.
ballerina leaping in front of large glass windows
Devils en Pointe, Duke's student ballet company, dance in the Ruby. Photo courtesy of Devils en Pointe.

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The creative community in the Triangle runs deep and shares an entrepreneurial spirit—helping to make Duke and Durham incredible places to study and experience the arts.
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