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Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

We are thrilled to present this exhibition of work made by many of the outstanding artists who live and work in North Carolina. The exhibition reflects the collective work and energy of the artists and our curatorial team over many months, and I’m especially grateful for their ability to think creatively during challenging times. At our core, we seek to champion the work of thought-provoking artists, and that is exactly what this show does.

Trevor Schoonmaker, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum

Helen Frankenthaler: Un Poco Más (A Little More)

This exhibition champions the significance of printmaking within Frankenthaler’s artistic practice. These are the first works by Frankenthaler to enter the Nasher Museum’s collection and were a recent gift from the artist’s foundation.


New American Paintings

"These artists employ nuance and grace across mediums... challeng[ing] us to imagine and to be accomplices in a moretolerant, more thoughtful, and more just society." —Molly Boarati, Associate Curator, Nasher Museum. Boarati served as juror for New American Paintings, issue No 154, selecting works made by 40 artists in the South including Saba Taj and Clarence Heyward, whose work is on view in Reckoning & Resilience.

Coloring in the Cafe

Coloring in the Cafe

Joyce Huang, Duke Class of 2022, has rendered several favorite works of art from the Nasher Museum collection into coloring book pages, now available for download at the links below. The pages are also available to young diners at the café.


The Nasher’s New Group Show Marks the Changing Mores of the North Carolina Arts Landscape

"Augmented by greatly increased diversity among the contributors, who are working in extraordinary times, it’s the most thorough and timely showing that local artists have ever had at The Nasher." — Brian Howe, in The Independent Weekly


Flying “W” by Stephen L. Hayes

We invite you to experience a new work by Durham-born artist Stephen L. Hayes, recently installed in the Great Hall as part of the exhibition Reckoning and Resilience.

Workshops Coming Soon

Workshops Coming Soon

Multimedia artist Julia Gartrell explores the process of repair and transformation through the Radical Repair Workshop, parked in the museum’s Sculpture Garden.


Nasher Museum Cafe Offers In-Person Dining by Reservation

The Nasher Museum Café is open to the public and now offers in-person dining outside as well as limited capacity indoors with a refreshed menu for lunch, subject to university and local guidance in effect at the time.


Associate Curator and Graphic Designer/Web Manager Positions Now Open

Join our amazing team at this beautiful art museum!


Zoom in, take a look!

The Nasher Museum has launched its newest virtual exhibition, In Relation to Power: Politically Engaged Works from the Collection. This project was created in partnership with Duke’s Digital Art History & Visual Culture Research Lab and made possible by Mark Olson, Associate Professor of the Practice of Visual & Media Studies.


A Remarkable Year in Pictures

We invite you to explore our Annual Report 2021, where words and images tell stories of the museum's accomplishments and how people found inspiration during a difficult year.

Your Stories Still Matter

Your Stories Still Matter

“I’m praying that our humanity will have expanded in such greatness that we will actually hold hands. Hope springs eternal.”— anonymous respondent to Your Stories Matter, in May 2021
We invite visitors to respond to Your Stories Still Matter, a collaborative public narrative response project in partnership with Duke’s Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.

The Nasher Museum is fully open to the public with ongoing health and safety protocols and free admission for all, including Thursday nights and weekends. We strongly encourage all individuals to be fully vaccinated before visiting the Nasher.