Duke University Chapel views the creative arts as both an expression of worship to God and an expression of human longing for God.


By creating art from the materials of creation, the creative arts reflect both the broken beauty and the glory of our created selves. Duke Chapel creates a space on campus for the artistic expression of the spiritual life by:

  • preserving the rich traditions of worship and sacred music, 
  • offering innovative opportunities for visual and performance arts, and
  • crafting student and community-based programming for ethnically, culturally, and religiously diverse aesthetic offerings.

We accomplish these goals with local, regional, and international partners, including: Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, Duke Visual and Media Arts, the Nasher Museum for Art, Duke Performances, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the larger Durham community.

Duke Chapel Arts are made possible in part by the Office of the President and the generosity of friends of the Chapel

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions in Duke Chapel

Standing on Love photosStanding on Love

On display in Duke Chapel October 30 to December 2, 2018

This collection of photographic portraits brings centerstage family members living with a loved one on death row. Their faces and words are meant to offer a chance to reflect on the meaning of values such as justice, mercy, and compassion. The Standing on Love exhibition was created through collaboration among people living on America's Death Row, their families, and the community arts collective Hidden Voices. It is part of Hidden Voices’ series Serving Life: Re-Visioning Justice.

This exhibition is part of the Chapel's project Always Human: Re-Visioning Justice, which includes a companion exhibition at the Rubenstein Arts Center as well as a series of events related to the themes of the two exhibitions.

The photographer for the exhibition is Jenny Warburg. She is a freelance photographer and former social worker living in Durham, North Carolina. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, The Los Angeles Times, People, Rolling Stone, US Weekly, Mother Jones, The Washington Post, Ms., The Guardian, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report. Her photos have also appeared in numerous books and on book covers, as well as in many documentary films, television documentaries and news programs.