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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 2017-18

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

Sarah Beckwith

Chair, Department of English

Jeremy Begbie (Spring Semester)

Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology, Divinity School

Jennifer Chambers ‘01

Director, Alumni Education, Duke Alumni Association

Sheila Dillon

Chair, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Eric Ferreri

Senior Writer, Office of News & Communications

Lydia Greene

Graduate and Professional Student Council representative

Aaron Greenwald

Executive Director, Duke Performances

Angela Greenwald

Director, Interdisciplinary Initiatives, Duke University Development Office

Chandra Guinn

Director, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

Wesley Hogan

Director, Center for Documentary Studies

Guo-Juin Hong

Arts of the Moving Image

Deborah Jenson

Director, Franklin Humanities Institute

Scott Lindroth

Vice Provost for the Arts & Professor of Music

Lisa McCarty

Curator, Archive of Documentary Arts, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Kelsey Graywill

duARTS President

Luke Powery

Dean of Duke Chapel & Associate Professor of the Practice of Homiletics, Duke Divinity School

Nimmi Ramanujam

Robert W. Carr, Jr., Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Thomas Rankin

Director, Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documetary Arts

Christopher Roby

Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs & Director, University Center Activities & Events

Lou Rollins

Executive Assistant, Office of Durham and Regional Affairs

Philip Rupprecht

Chair, Department of Music

Sarah Schroth

Director, Nasher Museum of Art

Purnima Shah

Director, Dance Program

Jeff Storer

Chair, Department of Theater Studies

Sharon Swanson

Program Coordinator, Health Arts Network at Duke

Gennifer Weisenfeld

Dean of the Humanities