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The Council’s charge is to:

  • advise the Provost on policy and resource issues in the arts;
  • to promote collaborative activity and programming among professional, academic, and student arts organizations at Duke and in the Durham community;
  • to provide a forum for the exchange of information between arts organizations at Duke, to promote interdisciplinary projects in the arts, to select the recipient of the Sudler Award in the Arts, and to report annually to the Provost on the state of the arts at Duke and progress toward goals and objectives.

The Council for the Arts is appointed by the Provost and chaired by the Vice Provost for the Arts.

Council for the Arts Membership for 2021-22

For more information on the Council for the Arts, contact the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at (919) 684-0540 or email

John V. Brown, Jr., J.D.

Vice Provost for the Arts
Director of the Jazz Program
Professor of the Practice of Music

Robert Mitchell, Ph.D.


Dr Jeremy Begbie, Ph.D.


Bill Fick

Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Joshua Gibson

Cinematic Arts

Ranjana Khanna, Ph.D.

Franklin Humanities Institute

Martin A. Brooke

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Darren Gobert

Theater Studies

Leslie Heusted

Student Affairs

Ali Shumar

Student Affairs

Neil Prose

Duke Global Health Institute

Angela Greenwald

University Development

Jenn Chambers

Alumni Association

Paul Jaskot

Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Eric Ferreri

News & Communications

Dawna Jones

Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

Luke A Powery


Amanda Hughes


Thomas Rankin


Sam Miglarese

Office of Duke and Community Affairs

Andrea Woods Vald├ęs

Duke Dance Program

Trevor Schoonmaker

Nasher Museum of Art

William Johnson

Classical Studies
Dean of Humanities

Jonathan Bagg


Colin Tierney

University Development

Courtney Liu


Jessica LaLonde


Lee Sorensen