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Sarah Hammond

Sarah, a Louisiana native, kickstarted her creative career at the University of Mississippi where she earned her BFA in Painting. Now based in Durham, NC, Sarah works as an illustrator ...

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Jules Odendahl-James

Born in Missouri, raised in Arkansas, schooled in theater (MFA) and performance studies (MA and Ph.D.) in Texas and North Carolina, Jules has been active in the Triangle theater-making scene ...

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Betsy Boulden

Hailing from Indianapolis, Betsy brings a wealth of experience in the arts and culture sector. Prior to Duke, Betsy honed her skills at Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) at the University ...

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Lily Annenberg

My name is Lily Annenberg, and I am a senior at Duke graduating this May 2024. I study Program II—I created my own major called “The American Dream: Critical History and ...

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Alexa Jimenez

My name is Alexa Jimenez, and I am a junior at Duke University from Queens, New York. I am majoring in Political Science and Cultural Anthropology, and I am passionate about ...

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Marika Niko

Marika Niko is a choreographer, arts administrator, mover, and thinker from Japan. After being a nomad for most of her life ‒ Thailand, UK, the Netherlands, UAE, Japan ‒ she ...

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Carla Sturdivant

Carla Sturdivant is a Departmental Business Manager supporting Duke Arts. She started at Duke in 2003 with the Fuqua School of Business. She previously served as a Grants Administrator in the ...

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Yesenia Martinez-Yanez

Yesenia Martinez-Yanez is a graphic designer, artist, and marketing communicator from Timberlake, North Carolina. Attracted by the visual arts from an early age with drawing and painting, Yesenia set foot ...

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Anna Wallace

Anna Wallace is a current resident and native of Durham, North Carolina. She holds a BFA in Ceramics from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and an MFA in Studio Art ...

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Cheryl Edson

Cheryl is a native of Cornwall, New York and currently based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has worked as a theatre artist, stage manager, educator, and grant writer. Cheryl has been active ...

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Ashley Bostian

Originally from North Carolina, Ashley has traveled and resided in multiple states, as well as Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Ashley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Mass Communications from ...

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Bill Fick

Bill Fick has been a practicing artist and educator for more than 30 years and has been a lecturing fellow in the Duke Department of Art, Art History and Visual ...

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Brian Valentyn

As Manager of Campus & Community Initiatives, Brian Valentyn works with artists, faculty, and community partners to devise in-depth residencies and commissioned projects. He also oversees grant writing strategy for ...

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

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 ...

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Frances Howorth

Originally from Oxford, Mississippi, Frances lived in New York City for 17 years before relocating to Durham, North Carolina in 2020. Frances has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Barnard ...

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Aaron Shackelford

A native Midwesterner, Aaron attended Butler University for his undergraduate degree and worked for several years in social services before beginning graduate school. He holds a Master’s and Doctorate in ...

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Paul Kartcheske

Paul Kartcheske is the Production Manager for Duke Arts. Being part of the events community for over 30 yrs. Paul has been involved in many areas of the arts from ...

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