Arts & Health staff members are all working artists who are passionate about providing quality arts programming to enhance the healthcare experience.


Sharon Swanson


Sharon Swanson, MFA, MPA, Manager, Arts & Health at Duke and Duke University Hospital Volunteer Services

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Sharon is an award winning essayist and documentary film producer. Her work has been published in Raleigh’s Metro Magazine, Chapel Hill Magazine, Raleigh’s News & Observer, and the Chapel Hill News, Her essay “Keeping Secrets” was included in the anthology, Mothers and Strangers, published by UNC Press in spring 2019. A former freelance writer, documentary film producer and marketing director for Sutter Health (Sacramento, California), Sharon joined Duke in 2011. She holds a graduate degree in nonfiction writing from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College, a masters of public administration from East Carolina University and an undergraduate degree in social work from Winthrop University. Sharon’s documentary film, Landscapes of the Heart: The Elizabeth Spencer Story, premiered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was screened at film festivals across the country and on public television.

Jennifer Collins-Mancour, Visual Arts Program Coordinator

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Jennifer has worked with Arts & Health at Duke since 2011 as a contract arts administrator, and as of November 2016, accepted the position of Visual Arts Program Coordinator.  Jennifer studied fine arts and illustration at the Columbus College of Art & Design and has worked as a designer and arts administrator for over 15 years.  She held positions as Executive Director for both the Durham Art Guild and Liberty Arts Foundry.  Prior to those positions she worked as Artist Services Associate and Exhibit Manager at the Durham Arts Council.

Jennifer is a two and three dimensional designer and specializes in custom costumes, clothing and accessories.

William Dawson, Musician In Residence & Semans/Byrd Performing Arts Coordinator, B.Ed

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William Dawson spent time growing up in England, Australia, and The Netherlands before settling in the United States.  He has engineered and produced over 150 records, toured internationally performing with the platinum-selling Squirrel Nut Zippers, worked as an elementary school music teacher and middle school band director, and helped to found hospital-based music programs for pediatric patients at the UNC Hospital School and the Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center.  William studied music at The University of Memphis and graduated from North Carolina Central University (Summa Cum Laude) with a degree in Elementary Education.  He has been performing music for patients, families, and staff at UNC and Duke Hospitals since 2009.

Bill Gregory, Visual Arts Program Coordinator

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Bill Gregory received his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Montana at Missoula, where he studied fine arts and art history. He received his BFA from East Carolina University. Bill taught fine arts and graphic design in the North Carolina Community College system for 11 years before joining Arts & Health at Duke in 2016 as the Visual Artist in Residence for Duke University Hospital.