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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: Duke University is building the first outdoor space on campus dedicated to the arts with a $1.5 million project at Campus Drive and Anderson Street. The new green space will showcase the arts, visually connecting the Nasher Museum of Art and Rubenstein Arts Center.

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
  • 76 Visiting Artists supported since 2007
    Hosted by departments across Duke with our support
  • 105 Total arts faculty
    52 are practicing professional artists

Made at Duke

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A Mini-Monument in the Makerspace

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


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

Young female student standing outdoors at mic on central campus
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Stephen Hayes teaches sculpture at Duke. Photo by Robert Zimmerman.
Charlie Thompson stands in front of the
Charlie Thompson stands in front of the "Farmworkers in NC" Mural, produced in collaboration with his class and artist Cornelio Campos. Photo by Robert Zimmerman.
Love Life performance: A line of men standing in front of a red curtain after performing a vaudeville number
Love Life on stage in the Ruby. Read the story.
Students create a puppet as part of the "Re-imagining Medicine" series.
William Thomas and his class visit artist Nina Chanel Abney. Photo by Robert Zimmerman.
group of students holding sketches that they drew.
duuVisArts Sketch Group in Smith Feb 2019.

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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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