Duke Chapel invites local visual artists to create and share art pieces in celebration of the building's grand reopening

Chapel ceilingOn May 11, the Duke University Chapel will open its doors for the first time after a yearlong closure and extensive restoration project. To document this historic moment, the Chapel seeks to showcase an array of visual depictions that creatively and artistically express the beauty and joy of this grand reopening celebration.

Artists working in dry media are invited to bring their materials inside the Chapel on May 11 and join other artists in rendering the building's gothic architecture, cleaned and restored stained glass windows, organs, and services, people and events of the day. To preserve the newly refinished pews and floors, artists using acrylic, oil, watercolor, or pen and wash should plan to work outdoors on the Chapel lawn and courtyards. We regret that easels and tripods cannot be allowed inside the sanctuary.

The opening celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 (see a detailed schedule of events). Live choral, organ and carillon music at various times throughout the day will enrich the creative environment. Artists are welcome any time.

Duke Chapel continually seeks new ways to offer  opportunities for the sharing of experiences though various artistic mediums. Please email dukechapel@duke.edu with questions or suggestions.