In March of 2016, Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts welcomed its second artist-in-residence, Bruce Herman, to Duke March 1-10 and March 28-30. Herman is the Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. His art has been exhibited widely in North America, Europe, Hong Kong, and Japan.
While in residence, Herman completed a large painting commission for the Divinity School on themes related to the resurrection. Related events included several opportunities for members of the university community and the general public to engage with the artist both in formal presentations and in open studio sessions.
Herman delivered a public lecture titled, “Making, Unmaking, Remaking: Conflict and Resolution in the Creation of a Painting,” on March 8. Later that month, the commissioned painting was installed in the York Room of the Divinity School, with an unveiling ceremony held on Wednesday, March 30.
A highlight of Herman’s residency were the open studio hours, during which visitors were welcomed to engage with the artist as he worked on completing the commission.
Herman took part in the Divinity School’s 2013 “Engaging Eliot” event on T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, which included an exhibition of paintings by Herman and artist Makoto Fujimura. Watch video of Herman speaking at the event.
The commission has been made possible through the generosity of Walter and Darlene Hansen.
DITA’s first artist-in-residence was Malcolm Guite, who delivered lectures, preached, and performed in the Dean’s Songwriters Series in the fall of 2014.