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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a new home for making art at Duke University.

Use the Ruby for Your Creative Work

One of the Ruby’s core missions is to provide dedicated space for student and faculty artists to create new work, collaborate, and engage with the wider Duke community and Durham. To that end, the Office of the Vice Provost of the Arts—Duke Arts invites artists working in any medium and arts project teams of students, faculty, and community collaborators to apply for a residency in an arts center multipurpose studio.

These arts project residencies will typically last up to three weeks, and must culminate in a public presentation of the work (such as an exhibit, art installation, performance, or talk). The major benefits of this award are the space to create and the platform to present the work to the public. Certain equipment can be provided by the arts center (such as projection, audio, etc.). Additional financial support may be granted if the steering committee for the Rubenstein Arts Center deems it crucial to the success of the project. Arts center staff are available to answer technical questions, but cannot assist with, or help execute, the project.

Priority deadline for Spring 2018 applications is November 16. Following that date, applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please email Danette Clark, Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, if you have questions about the program or application.

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Apply for an arts project residency
The application requires you to have a brief description of the project and its public component, a sense of when you wish to complete it, and an outline of the budget.


There are many other sources of support across Duke that may also be matches for your project needs. These include:

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