Find Sanctuary. Make Art.
The C. Eric Lincoln Fellowship is a semester-long program that 1) provides funding to an undergraduate or graduate student for a sacred art project and 2) invites the fellow to broaden the reach of artistic expression at the Duke University Chapel. Applicants must be active students in good standing with their respective schools. The fellowship runs the length of the Spring 2021 semester.
Due to Covid-19, the Lincoln Fellow will be asked to produce a visual art exhibit that can be experienced digitally, with the potential for a physical display in Duke Chapel in late spring of 2021.
Applications are due Wednesday, December 16, 2020.
- Employ theological concepts
- Illuminate one’s personal faith
- Display iconography
- Engage the topics of gender, race, and religion
The Lincoln Fellow will work directly with the director of Religious Life, as well as the Chapel's Art Committee.
In selecting a Lincoln Fellow, the committee will look for theological vision, artistic preparedness, ability to complete the project, a timetable for bringing work to completion, and a proposed budget for the funding of the project. Proposals can be of art that has been previously exhibited elsewhere—either on or off campus. However, we are looking for original works.
The proposed project must be exhibition-ready by March 31, 2021. The expectation is that the art project will be exhibited digitally in April. Due to Covid-19, the opportunity for a physical exhibition is still under consideration. Failure to produce a completed project will result in not receiving the full fellowship funds.
This fellowship is named in honor of C. Eric Lincoln who was a professor of Religion and Culture at Duke University from 1976–1993. His work is internationally recognized as an authority on the sociology of religion as it relates to race and ethnicity in the United States. His life of ministry models both the academic integrity and faith formation the Chapel’s student ministry also attempts to embody.
Read about past Lincoln Fellows and their exhibitions:
- 2019: Lizbeth Leapo — A Nation of Faith
- 2018: Evan Nicole Bell — Faith in Color: A Photographic Exploration of Race, Religion, and America in Tribute to C. Eric Lincoln
- 2017: Edom Tilahun and Justin Baez — Emnet