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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


  • CounterCurrent18 Highlights Empowerment of Women

    Posted on Thursday April 05, 2018

    By Sara Tubbs — Whether it’s politics, entertainment or the workplace, the topic of women’s empowerment has been the center of many discussions lately. It has also inevitably emerged as a theme of this year’s CounterCurrent18 Festival, which runs Tuesday, April 10-Sunday, April 15 in various locations across Houston.

  • UH Students Create Public Art Project for Buffalo Bayou’s East Sector

    Posted on Wednesday April 04, 2018

    By Sara Tubbs — Students in the UH graphic design program along with students from creative writing are reconnecting Houstonians with the past through a public art project that looks towards the future. "Encounter: Meeting Points on Buffalo Bayou" is a self-guided tour of interactive, text-based installations at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 7.

  • Unpredictability of Past is Theme of Exhibitions at Blaffer Art Museum

    Posted on Tuesday February 20, 2018

    By Sara Tubbs — Two new exhibitions at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum aim to make visitors re-examine the way they think about history in an age where facts are under question. The shows draw inspiration from historical events such as the Russian Revolution and the creation of the philosophical and cultural movement called Russian Cosmism. The exhibitions run through Saturday, March 24 and return Friday, June 1 through Saturday, Aug. 11.

  • UH Hosts Screening of ‘The House on Coco Road’

    Posted on Tuesday January 30, 2018

    By Sara Tubbs — In celebration of Black History Month, the University of Houston is hosting a screening of “The House on Coco Road” from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Dudley Recital Hall.

  • UH Alumnus & Cliburn Medalist Returns for International Piano Festival

    Posted on Tuesday January 30, 2018

    By Sara Tubbs — Kenny Broberg, a University of Houston alumnus and silver medalist at the 2017 Cliburn International Piano Competition, will return to his alma mater to perform at this year’s International Piano Festival, which runs Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 1- 4, at the Moores Opera House.



  • 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.