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 Exhibits in Duke Chapel

Faith in Color: A Photographic Exploration of Race, Religion, and America in Tribute to C. Eric Lincoln

"Faith in Color: A Photographic Exploration of Race, Religion, and America in Tribute to C. Eric Lincoln," explores the deep roots of religious influence in black communities.

The exhibition showcases the work of Evan Nicole Bell, a Duke senior pursuing a self-designed Program II major "Documenting Justice: The Role of Photographic Narratives in Activism." See her portfolio. Evan created "Faith in Color" as the Duke Chapel C. Eric Lincoln Theology and Arts Fellow

The exhibition pairs photographs with quotes from C. Eric Lincoln, a professor of religion and culture at Duke from 1976 to 1993. Lincoln was a scholar of black church and religious studies, as well as a Methodist minister who also wrote novels and poems.

At 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 all are welcome to Duke Chapel to view the exhibition, hear Evan speak about her work, and enjoy a light reception.

The exhibition will be on display in Duke Chapel April 4 through May 1.