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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 2020-21

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.

Duke English

Dr Jeremy Begbie, Ph.D.

Duke Divinity

Bill Fick

Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Joshua Gibson

Arts of the Moving Image

Ranjana Khanna, Ph.D.

Franklin Humanities Institute

Martin A. Brooke

Duke Electrical and Computer Engineering

Torry Bend

Theater Studies

Amy Unell

Duke Arts
Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network

Christopher Roby

Student Affairs

Ali Shumar

Student Affairs

Neil Prose

Duke Global Health Institute

Angela Greenwald

University Development

Katy Clune

Duke Arts
Rubenstein Arts Center

Jenn Chambers

Duke Alumni Association

Sheila Dillon, Ph.D.

Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Eric Ferreri

News & Communications

Chandra Guinn

Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

Luke A Powery

Duke Divinity

Amanda Hughes

Duke Divinity

Thomas Rankin


Sam Miglarese

Office of Duke and Community Affairs

Purnima Shah, Ph.D.

Duke Program

Trevor Schoonmaker

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Gennifer Weisenfeld, Ph.D.

Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Dean of Humanities

Neil McWilliam

Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Acting Dean of Humanities

Jonathan Bagg

Duke Music

Colin Tierney

University Development

Courtney Liu

MFA in Dance

Jessica LaLonde


Lee Sorensen

Duke Libraries