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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 committee typically meets once a semester;
  • and to administer the Collaboration Development Grant program.

Collaboration Development Grants are offered to faculty members who wish to collaborate on new artistic work with artists or faculty members in their own or different disciplines. Grant applications are evaluated once each semester by a subcommittee of the Council for the Arts, who propose the results to the full Council. Grants are awarded by the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts upon the Council’s recommendation.

Council for the Arts Membership for 2019-20

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

Robert Mitchell, Ph.D.

Dr Jeremy Begbie, Ph.D.

Bill Fick

Joshua Gibson

Ranjana Khanna, Ph.D.

Lisa McCarty

Martin A. Brooke

Torry Bend

Amy Unell

Christopher Roby

Ali Shumar

Neil Prose

Angela Greenwald

Katy Clune

Chuck Catotti

Jenn Chambers

Sheila Dillon, Ph.D.

Eric Ferreri

Eric Oberstein

Chandra Guinn

Wesley Hogan

Luke A Powery

Thomas Rankin

Sam Miglarese

Purnima Shah, Ph.D.

Sarah Schroth, Ph.D.

Gennifer Weisenfeld, Ph.D.

Philip Rupprecht

Aubrey Howard

Colin Tierney

Shikha Sharma

Jason Mulligan

Scott Lindroth