Friday, October 20, 2023 - 10:00am to Sunday, November 26, 2023 - 8:00pm
Duke University Chapel and Duke Divinity School (Map)
Mary Myers
(919) 613-5332

DITA and Duke University Chapel present a premiere gallery of ink wash art by esteemed Chinese contemporary poet, painter, critic, and professor at the Academy of Art & Design at Tsinghua University. DaoZi (whose given name is Wang Min) works in a style called Sacred Ink Wash Painting through which he combines traditional Chinese ink painting techniques and materials with themes infused with his Christian faith. In Transcendence + Immanence, the artist transforms the concepts and techniques of traditional Chinese ink wash painting into the language of theological aesthetics. Freeing himself from the naturalistic and stylistic formulae of traditional ink wash painting, the artist uses the Sacred Ink Wash style to challenge darkness, lament destruction, and call for redemption.

Showcasing representative pieces from the artist’s vast body of work since 2007, the exhibit is presented in two adjacent locations: a gallery of framed ink wash paintings is displayed in Duke Chapel, while a concurrent gallery of scrolls are on view in Duke Divinity School’s 00 Westbrook hallway. This tandem installation at Duke Chapel and Duke Divinity School is the exhibition’s premiere in the United States.

Both galleries are on display until November 26, 2023. Please see below for full information about viewing the galleries and parking.

Additional partnership and support for these events is provided by the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute and the Divinity School’s Asian House of Studies and Historical Division.

Ink Wash Paintings

On display October 20 – November 26, 2023 in Duke University Chapel, the ink wash paintings can be viewed daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., except during a service or special event. Check the Chapel’s website calendar for planned closures and scheduled events prior to planning your visit. No admission, registration, or tickets required to view the gallery.


Sacred Ink Scrolls

On display from October 20 – November 26, 2023, the sacred ink scrolls gallery is located on the bottom floor of Duke Divinity School in the 00 Westbrook hallway. No admission, registration, or tickets required to view the gallery. The scrolls can be viewed any time the building is open. Directions to the Westbrook building.


Parking: The nearest public parking lot to the Chapel and the Divinity School is the Bryan Center Parking Garage at 125 Science Drive. ADA parking is available in the parking lot immediately in front of the garage. Overflow options include the Science Drive Lot and Science Drive Garage. Parking is usually $2 per hour. There is no daily max. Please allow ample time for parking as availability can vary considerably depending on demand.