Duke Divinity School commissioned more than a dozen works of art, all based in Scripture, to be incorporated into Goodson Chapel and the Westbrook building, both of which opened in 2005.
“For centuries, the church and Christian disciples have used the arts to help express their faith through various media,” said Susan Pendleton Jones, director of field education and formerly the Divinity School's director of special programs. “In commissioning these unique pieces for its addition, Duke Divinity School follows in this tradition and enriches its new spaces with thought-provoking works of theological importance.”
The works of art range from a bronze sculpture depicting the parable of the prodigal son to etched glass panels representing Psalms 42 and 43 to a quilted triptych portraying the tree of life from Revelation 22. Other pieces include stained glass windows, a marble frieze, and inscriptions in limestone arches.
This artwork inspired the Divinity School’s book: With God In Mind: Sermons on the Art and Architecture of Duke Divinity School.