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

Vice Provost for the Arts

Director of the Jazz Program

Professor of the Practice of Music

Bassist, composer, educator and actor John Brown is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and currently resides in Durham, NC. He is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John joined Duke University’s music department as an adjunct instructor in 2001, becoming assistant professor of the practice of music and director of the Duke Jazz Program in 2003. That same year he founded Jazz @ the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, a weekly live jazz jam session open to campus and community, now driven by student leadership in the Duke University Union.  He began his tenure as Duke’s first full-time Vice Provost for the Arts on July 1, 2020.

Ask John Brown about:

  • Jazz @ the Mary Lou
  • Student collaborations with the VPA office
  • The life of a performer

jbrown@duke.edu

Amy Unell

Senior Director, Arts Engagement & Partnership

Amy Unell works with the Office of the Vice Provost of the Arts to curate and promote initiatives in all facets of arts education at Duke. In her addition to her role at the VPA office, she also serves as a catalyst and liaison to create, connect and collaborate in arts entrepreneurship through Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Duke Alumni.

A proud Midwesterner at heart, Amy was born and raised in Kansas City and is an avid Cameron Crazy.

Ask Amy Unell about:

Amy.unell@duke.edu

Bill Fick

Lecturing Fellow in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

Assistant Director for Visual and Studio Art at the Rubenstein Arts Center

Bill Fick has always been creative and enjoyed making things. He grew up in Venezuela until he was 14 and travelled a lot with his family. He was exposed to many different cultures, especially in the arts and architecture. He also learned Spanish mostly from television and the street so his early pop culture exposure was through a Latin American lens. Bill studied at Duke (‘86) and majored in Art. He then completed his MFA (Painting and Printmaking) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ask Bill Fick about:

  • Printmaking
  • Pursuing a career in the arts
  • Living abroad

Bill.fick@duke.edu