Arts & Health Exhibits

2023 - LeLand Little presents Art of the Decoy at Duke University Hospital

We hope you are enjoying the Art of the Decoy at Duke Hospital. We were honored when Duke approached us about curating this exhibit. The history of the decoy is broad and deep. The story that we primarily wanted to tell is that of the transformation of the decoy as a utilitarian object to that of a work of art.

Those who are drawn to decoys are, typically, equally drawn by lure of the outdoors. Fishing, hiking, and just enjoying the beauty of a clear day can also be seen in the eye of a finely carved duck. If this inspires you, you might be asking yourself, “how can I learn more?” We are so glad that you did.

Many of the decoys you have seen today will be offered for sale, at auction, in Leland Little’s Spring Sporting Art Auction on March 2, 2023. We invite you to come to our Hillsborough gallery and speak with our Sporting Art Director, Robbie Smith. Use our auction as a classroom to learn more – read the catalogues, learn about the carvers and how these ducks were used. You might just be inspired to bring one home.

Another great, and fun, way to get involved is to join us for our second annual Sporting Art Fair on Saturday, February 25th from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The Sporting Art Fair (or SAF 2023) is a community event for the entire family. Hosted on the grounds of Leland Little, this event is brought forth by a group of partners who are personally and professionally invested in the world of sporting art.

Expect to experience a day full of demonstrations, exhibitions, a tailgate market, activities for kids of all ages, great food, wine tastings, and a lot of fun. You will be able to preview all of the decoys that will be offered in the Spring Sporting Art Auction as well as the vehicles that will be offered in Leland Little's Luxury & Collector Vehicles Auction on March 8th.

In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Robbie Smith with any questions or just plain curiosity. He is always happy to talk about ducks.

Robbie Smith
Sporting Art Director

Arts & Health Mural

2021 - Mural captures team members supporting patient care during COVID-19 | Duke Health

Duke Health COVID care extends beyond medical teams. A mural in the Duke University Hospital north concourse now depicts these members of the team who dedicated themselves to patient care during the pandemic. The installation is an Arts & Health at Duke project supported by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. Artist Sean Kernick says his intent was to spotlight all of the other team members’ hard work and sacrifices over the past year. The work will become part of the Duke University Hospital permanent collection.

Arts & Health Mural

2021 -Local artist creates mural to honor pandemic frontline heroes at Duke Health

Local artist creates mural to honor pandemic frontline heroes at Duke Health

Arts & Health Mural

2021 - Portrait Exhibit Features 45 Essential Staff at Duke University Hospital

Leon Rogers and 44 of his colleagues are the subject of a series of oil paintings entitled “Duke University Hospital Essential Staff 45 in 45”, which was on display from January through March 10th.

Artist Maria Bennett Hock presented each of the subjects with their portrait as a gift in a ceremony Wednesday.

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Arts & Health Exhibit

Hope & Creativity in the Time of COVID | Triangle Book Arts with Arts & Health at Duke Exhibit

How important is it for artists to reflect the times that they are in while connecting with as many people as possible through the work they create and showcase? Betty Haskin and Melinda Rittenhouse help answer that very question as they team up to install an exhibition of work from Triangle Book Arts (TBA), a collective of artists based across the Triangle of North Carolina. These intrepid women, book artists themselves, worked to curate several displays throughout Duke University Hospital, in collaborated with Arts & Health at Duke, as a way of giving hope to patients facing difficult procedures there and the healthcare staff that support them.

Co-produced by the Publishing Humanities Initiative and the Health Humanities Lab at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI).

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The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) is built on a fundamentally collaborative model befitting the Duke University emphasis on knowledge in the service of society. Through interdisciplinary cross-fertilization, we seek to encourage the conversations, partnerships, and collaborations that continually stimulate creative and fresh humanistic research, writing, teaching, and practice at Duke. Inspired by the scholarly and civic example of John Hope Franklin, we also support work that engages questions of race and social equity in their most profound historical and global dimensions. Learn more at:

Directing, cinematography, and editing by Eric Barstow.

Duke Franklin Humanities Institute

Arts & Health Exhibit

2021 - Duke employee's art reflects managing his bipolar disorder

Arts and Health at Duke recently featured a Duke employee-artist’s largest multi-media exhibit. Curators say it’s the broadest scope of work by one artist they’ve featured to date, encompassing two- and three-dimensional works, textiles, poetry and music. Cole Klovski III shares that his artwork helps him manage bi-polar disorder. “It channels a bad situation so I can experience, as close as I can, peace.”

Arts & Health Music

2018 - Duke All Staff 2018 - Stefan's Story

Arts & Health Music

2016 - Duke Musicians Play the Cancer Center Piano

The Duke Cancer Center relies on volunteers to play its Steinway & Sons piano and bring beautiful music to the lobby, hallways and waiting rooms. Sometimes, those volunteers on the keys are Duke musicians – artists in residence, professors and administrators – who play for Duke Hospital patients, visitors and colleagues.