“The pursuit of creative solutions involves both the analytical and the inventive. That's why we celebrate art... Just as with dance, painting or music, engineering is a creative enterprise.”
Ravi Bellamkonda, Vinik Dean of Engineering, 2016-2021
In 2019, a volunteer committee of Duke faculty and staff formed around a shared desire to create opportunities for engineers to learn about—and be inspired and empowered by—art. The committee pledged to build a collection of pieces that marry STEM and art through subject matter or process, reinforcing Duke Engineering's reputation as a nexus of knowledge and creativity. In 2019 and 2020 the committee acquired key pieces that now anchor the growing art collection inside the Wilkinson Building.
The collection has been curated to reflect the geographic and ethnographic diversity of the Duke Engineering community and the breadth of research pursued within the neighborhoods of the new engineering building.