Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

Art Exhibits

There are currently no art exhibits being held at the Mary Lou Williams Center. Please see below for highlights of some of our past exhibits.

From Where I Stand:

From Where I Stand: Art by and/or about the Black LGBTQ Community honors Black LGBTQ visionaries (and other cultural producers) who speak up and speak out through art.

In the Service of Others: Everyday People in Black & White

Held Sept. 16 - Oct. 31

Everyday, there are a myriad of hands helping to transform Duke.  These hands nourish students, cut their hair, clean spaces, and build things.  These hands are often invisible in the visible pursuit of higher education.

But, without these hands Duke would cease to be.

Majesty Incognito: Exploring the African American & Asian/Asian American Experience


Held August 28, 2014-October 1, 2014

Yuko Taylor Artist Statement:

There are very few archival photographs of Southern Americans dating from the early 1900's.  The original black and white images fascinated me with their powerful imagery, compelling me to paint color and life into them.  I am particularly captivated and moved by the dichotomy of strength and humility etched in these human portraits.  Through my series of paintings, I hope to bridge a connection between my nameless subjects and our inner selves using my Japanese heritage, to celebrate the strength, to honor the humility, and to share the beauty that is in all our lives.

The Beautiful. Project

The Beautiful. Project

April 20, 2012

Returning from last year, The Beautiful. Project is a photographic exhibit featuring a variety of photos from young girls affiliated with the project showcasing the activity of participants and statements about their experiences during the program.

The Beautiful. Project is a program that uses photography and creative workshops to help black girls and young women investigate and celebrate how they define beauty and how beauty is defined for them. The program accepts a number of participants each year and includes a photo process (interviews, photo shoots focused on the little girls and their families, conducted by the undergraduate women), Saturday Studios (bi-weekly fun creative workshops for 9-12 year old girls to further investigate their definition of beauty), and a Health & Wellness track (professional and personal development workshops for undergraduate Black women participants).

For more information on The Beautiful. Project:

Reception will be held on April 20, 2012 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.


Held November 4 - December 16

Featuring vast landscapes and beautiful people, UGANDA: TWO SIDES TO LIFE, will warm your heart and mind through its portrayal of the rich life of the "Pearl of Africa".

Contact the Mary Lou Center for more information.

Work of Leroy Campbell

Leroy Campbell was born in Monck’s Corner, South Carolina in 1956 and spent his childhood there. As a young man he moved to New York City where he submerged himself in the culture of the city, Jazz and the Black consciousness movement. He never strayed far from his southern roots, however, and it was his experiences growing up in the south that nourishes the work of this gifted self-taught artist. Campbell’s work articulates a cogent and consistent vision of the heart, soul and strivings of African Americans in the South.