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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


  • Fall Exhibitions Mark New Chapter, Vision for Blaffer Art Museum

    Posted on Wednesday October 16, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — Works by Jacqueline Nova, a pioneer in electroacoustic music and Paul Mpagi Sepuya, a globally acclaimed photographic artist, will be on view at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. Both exhibitions will debut with a reception from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 and are free and open to the public.

  • New Mariachi Ensemble Coming to UH

    Posted on Monday October 07, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — The University of Houston campus will soon be filled with the sweet sounds of traditional mariachi music when the new mariachi ensemble debuts this fall.

  • ‘Mobius Houston’ to Transform University of Houston Arts District

    Posted on Monday September 23, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — A new acrylic sculpture that was engineered and assembled in Houston is making its larger-than-life debut in the University of Houston Arts District. The "Mobius Houston" installation debuts UH System Temporary Public Art Program.

  • Game Day, Any Day: UH National Commercial Features Cougar Red Fridays and Dennis Quaid

    Posted on Monday August 26, 2019

    By Chris Stipes — The University of Houston 2019-20 national commercial has been released, and this year Cougar traditions and a famous alumnus are in the spotlight. The tradition of wearing red on Cougar Red Fridays is the theme of the 30-second spot, titled “Game Day, Any Day,” which was voiced by award-winning actor and UH alumnus Dennis Quaid and includes a cameo appearance.

  • ‘Orbit I’ Returns to UH Campus, Finds New Home at E. Cullen Building

    Posted on Monday August 19, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — “Orbit I,” one of the first artworks purchased for the Public Art of the University of Houston System collection nearly 50 years ago, has made a welcome return to the UH campus. The recently restored and refreshed Camphor wood sculpture has found a new home in the lobby of the Ezekiel Cullen Building.



  • 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
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Public Art of the University of Houston System seeks to enrich the cultural and intellectual life on our campuses by building and maintaining a distinguished collection of artworks by acclaimed local and international artists. With deep roots in the advancement of knowledge, our collection is an epicenter where diverse communities and cutting-edge art converge. The collection continues to grow through commissions, temporary installations, acquisitions, gifts and cross-disciplinary education and outreach programming.

Learn more about the public art collection and programming >>