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UH arts initiative

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


  • 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.

  • Innovative, Influential Abstract Artist Exhibits at Blaffer Art Museum

    Posted on Monday January 07, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — One of the world’s leading abstract painters will display her work at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. “Rebecca Morris: The Ache of Bright” will be on view Friday, Jan. 11 through Saturday, March 16.

  • Creativity and Technology Join Forces at UH

    Posted on Tuesday November 27, 2018

    By Sara Tubbs — The UH Arts & Technology Center in Room 314 of the Fine Arts Building is a place where all students, faculty and staff have access to cutting-edge technology.

  • Keep Houston Beautiful Honors Public Art of UHS and UH Sustainability Initiatives

    Posted on Tuesday November 13, 2018

    By Sara Tubbs — University of Houston is the recipient of six Mayor’s Proud Partners Landmark Awards sponsored by Keep Houston Beautiful. From the ingenuity of architecture students who designed and fabricated a new Embarkation Station for Port Houston to UH’s efforts to give access to world-class art, a wide range of UH projects earned accolades.

  • Ideas on the Move: MFAH and UH Collaborate on Mobile Pavilion

    Posted on Monday November 12, 2018

    By Sara Tubbs — The UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design will have its student work showcased at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. There will be a reception celebrating the exhibition and the collaboration between UH and MFAH at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 at the new MFAH Glassell School of Art. The show will run through Sunday, Dec. 2.



  • 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.