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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


  • Public Art of the University of Houston System Announces New Leadership

    Posted on Monday August 13, 2018

    By Sara Tubbs — For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, Public Art of the University of Houston System is expanding its staff to ensure sustained leadership and curatorial vision for the collection. As part of a recently developed strategic plan, María C. Gaztambide has been named director and chief curator.

  • Houston Mayor Declares July 27 ‘Houston Shakespeare Festival Day’

    Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2018

    By Sara Tubbs — The Houston Shakespeare Festival, a treasured Houston summer tradition for more than 40 years, will soon be underway. To mark the occasion, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will declare Friday, July 27 as “Houston Shakespeare Festival Day,” kicking off the 2018 performances the same day at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre.

  • It’s Double Trouble at the 2018 Houston Shakespeare Festival

    Posted on Thursday July 19, 2018

    By Sara Tubbs — There’s no mistaking the charms of Crash Buist and Andrew Garrett. Their jovial banter is sure to captivate audiences when the comedic duo brings their slapstick humor to the stage in the Houston Shakespeare Festival’s “Comedy of Errors”. The University of Houston-produced festival runs Friday, July 27 to Sunday, Aug. 5 at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre.

  • Houston Shakespeare Festival Expands Kids Days with New Partners

    Posted on Monday July 16, 2018

    By Sara Tubbs — The Houston Shakespeare Festival is joining educational forces with Houston Public Library and Children’s Museum of Houston to host HSF Kids Days. The events will take place Thursday, July 19 and Wednesday, July 25.

  • Powerhouse Actress Makes Houston Shakespeare Festival Debut as Hamlet

    Posted on Monday July 09, 2018

    By Sara Tubbs — Playing powerful roles in Shakespeare’s plays is nothing new for UH Alumna Shannon Hill who joined the theater at the age of nine. Since then, she has had a “fierce desire” to share her Shakespearean passion with others. You can catch her as Hamlet in the 2018 Houston Shakespeare Festival, which runs July 27-August 5 at Miller Outdoor Theatre.



  • 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.