Visual Arts

Permanent Collection Exhibitions & Gallery Spaces Duke Health Employee Art Show Holiday Invitational Exhibit

Permanent Collection

FlowersEncore Scheherazade by Nancy Tuttle May, Duke Medicine Pavilion
Working in collaboration with local artists and hospital departments, Arts & Health curates a permanent collection of over 4,000 original artworks for the Duke Medical Center. Each piece in the collection features high aesthetic value and a sense of serenity to soothe patients and visitors during their time at Duke Medical Center. Art is placed on the walls of patient rooms, public areas and waiting rooms.

Self-Guided Art Tours

These self-guided tours were developed to give patients, visitors and staff a peaceful diversion to their hospital experience, learn about the collection, and a chance to get some exercise.
You can download the guides from any smartphone and browse at your convenience.  Each tour hightlights 5 points of interest and provides information about each piece and total number of steps for the tour.
You can download the tours here by clicking on the selected tour location.


Exhibitions & Gallery Spaces

Arts & Health manages several gallery spaces throughout Duke University Hospital and Clinics. We offer several ongoing opportunities for exhibiting artwork.
        In July 2016, due to deterioration of this exhibit and changes to building codes, we dismantled the Gathering In the Stories exhibit.  We worked with Duke University Medical Center Archives to carefully transition all the contents of this exhibit, and we are happy to report that they now reside in their permanent collection. To learn more about these materials, visit the finding aid or contact the archives staff.

Duke Health Employee Art Show



Since 1978, Arts & Health has facilitated the Duke Employee Art Show to share the talent of Duke employees with the Duke University community. In 2008, Arts & Health began partnering with the National Arts Program to offer a more comprehensive art show to the Duke Medicine community.

Arts & Health at Duke believes that access to the arts is essential to the health and well-being of patients & staff, and has developed a new exhibit opportunity in 2017 for Duke University Health Systems (DUHS) Employees.  We have implemented some necessary changes to the former Duke Employee Art Show due to the growth of the Duke system, and changes within the Arts & Health department. 

This year's Duke Health Employee Art Show takes place July 19 - September 12, 2018 in the Mars Galleries.  Click here for more information.



Holiday Invitational Exhibit

During the holiday season, Arts & Health curates a Holiday Invitational Arts & Craft Exhibit within the Arts & Health Galleries located in the Concourse between Duke Hospital North and the Duke Medicine Pavilion, and the in the Clinic 1D Exhibit Space within the Duke Clinics Building.  

This invitational highlights work by talented local and regional craftsmen and artists, and offers staff, patients and families an opportunity to enjoy a delightful exhibit and to purchase unique, quality items at relatively affordable prices.  

In conjunction with these sales dates, we will also hold the Annual Holiday Performance Series, so live music will fill the halls. 

Anyone fitting the following criteria is welcome to apply for next year's event.

  • Artist must reside in North Carolina;
  • Work must be original to the artist or hand crafted by the individual applying for consideration.

To find out more about how to submit items for consideration, download the Call for Artist.



For more information about our Visual Arts programs, email Jennifer Collins-Mancour or call (919) 684.6124.