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UH Arts Initiative

Launched by University of Houston President Renu Khator in 2009, the UH Arts Initiative focuses on the role of the arts as a catalyst for innovation and excellence. The UH Arts initiative strives to: make UH a vital destination for the study, practice and presentation of the arts; contribute significantly to Houston’s cultural vitality; and advance the creative process as a portal to innovation and problem solving across the academy, thereby integrating the arts into every student’s experience at UH. The initiative encompasses music, visual arts, literary arts, dance, theater, and design programs in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

  • 3Colleges within UH Arts Initiative
  • 2,200+students enrolled in Fall 2016
  • 27undergraduate and graduate degree programs


  • UH Industrial Design Students Take Prototypes to SXSW

    Posted on Thursday March 07, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — Students in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design's Industrial Design program will exhibit their technology-driven innovations in health care Sunday, March 10 through Wednesday, March 13 at the 2019 South by Southwest Trade Show in Austin.

  • UH Alumna Wins Grammy for ‘Best Opera Recording’

    Posted on Monday February 11, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — Jessica Jones, a UH Moores School of Music alumna, has been honored with one of the recording industry’s most prestigious awards.

  • City of Houston, UH Host 2019 Latino Art Now! Houston

    Posted on Thursday January 31, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — The Inter-University Program for Latino Research at the UH Center for Mexican American Studies is joining forces with the city of Houston to host Latino Art Now! Houston (LAN!). Exhibitions and activities Feb.1 - May 31 highlight U.S. Latino artists and culture.

  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Social Engagement Among Priorities for Blaffer Art Museum’s New Leader

    Posted on Friday January 25, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — Steven Matijcio, internationally-recognized curator, writer and researcher, will start his new role as the Blaffer Art Museum's Jane Dale Owen Director and Chief Curator Monday, March 11.

  • Your Brain on Wine and on Stage: Experts Look at the Neuroscience

    Posted on Tuesday January 15, 2019

    By Jeannie Kever — During two events this weekend, scientists at the University of Houston will capture brain activity and other data to learn more about what happens in the brain when people engage in different activities. One experiment will look at brain activity during a wine tasting, and the other will collect data during a stage performance.



  • School of Art

    The School of Art offers an atelier environment found in many private art schools with access to the vast resources of a premier research institution. With internationally recognized faculty and alumni, innovative programs, and exceptional resources, the school provides unique and dynamic opportunities for graduate and undergraduate study in art, design, and art history.

    Undergraduate Programs  |  Graduate Programs  |  Associations & Links
  • Moores School of Music

    The Moores School of Music boasts an extraordinary faculty of internationally recognized artist/teachers, composers, music educators, and musicologists and theorists. The school offers a variety of strong programs leading to the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, as well as the Doctor of Musical Arts and a non-degree postbaccalaureate Certificate in Music Performance.

    Undergraduate Programs  |  Graduate Programs  |  Tickets
  • School of Theatre & Dance

    The School of Theatre & Dance produces plays, dance concerts, studio productions, a new play festival, and school shows through the Theatre for Young Audiences program. The school offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theater and teacher certifications in dance. Its graduate program offers a Master of Arts in Theatre and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with specializations in Acting, Design & Technology, and Costume Technology.

    Undergraduate Programs  |  Graduate Programs  |  Dance Program  |  Tickets

Centers & Programs

  • Blaffer Art Museum

    As the gateway between UH and the City of Houston, Blaffer Art Museum is a catalyst for creative innovation, experimentation, and scholarship. Its exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public, create community through dialogue and participation, and inspire an appreciation for the visual arts.

    Events  |  Current Exhibitions
  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

    The Mitchell Center for the Arts is an alliance among five units at UH and cultivates interdisciplinary collaboration in the performing, visual, and literary arts. The center offers public events, residencies, and courses that fuse artistic disciplines, ignite dialogue, and present new ways of experiencing the arts.

    Programs  |  Events
  • Center for Art & Social Engagement

    Building on the wealth of experience in the local arts community, the research and best practices of national organizations, the resources of UH and the city, the Center for Art & Social Engagement brings together artists, community, faculty and professionals around policy, research and best practices in the arts.

    CoTA-PRH Fellowship  |  Leadership in the Arts Summit
  • Creative Writing Program

    Through workshops, independent studies, and literature courses, CLASS faculty work with students to challenge their understanding of themselves as writers and to deepen and critically reflect on the aesthetic, ethical, and political assumptions behind their writing.

    Graduate Programs
public art

Public Art

The University of Houston System Public Art Collection seeks to enrich the diverse cultural and intellectual life on the UH campuses and of the greater Houston community by building and maintaining a distinguished art collection of important regional, national, and international artists. The collection is enhanced by cross-disciplinary education and outreach programs.

Learn more about the UH Public Art Collection.