UH Arts

Spring is in the air on campus, and so is creativity! Join us for an exciting month of events, exhibits and performances in the visual, literary, performing and interdisciplinary arts.

Many events, such as the the Mitchell Center for the Arts' Counter Current 2014 Festival are free with reservations. And until April 30, those wearing Cougar Red will receive up to a 20% discount on tickets purchased at the box office window for theater and music performances.

As always, parking for exhibits, events and performances is free (use Campus Entrance 16). Click here to plan your visit!

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For the current April lineup, see schedule below:

On view through April 25

UH Libraries 7th Annual Student Art Exhibit

MD Anderson Library, 3rd floor. Free.

The Seventh Annual University of Houston Libraries Student Art Exhibition features 30 selected works from rising UH artists. Kathryn Kelley (MFA ’06), a regionally-based, multidisciplinary artist and instructor, served as judge and is the curator of this year's exhibition which received over 90 submissions. The Architecture and Art Library's exhibit features work by wide range of undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students enrolled in studio art, art history, architecture, media production, environmental design, applied math and biology.

Wednesday, April 9  –  Sunday, April 13

The 2014 Mitchell Center Festival: CounterCurrent

Various locations throughout Houston. Free.

CounterCurrent is a five-day festival of bold experimental art presented by the Mitchell Center. Occupying a range of unexpected sites in the city of Houston, CounterCurrent includes audio and visual installation, live performance, and participatory events by artists from around the world. Collaborations with dynamic organizations and artists in the Houston community are included as well as fresh new works by University of Houston faculty and students. CounterCurrent will explore themes including language/translation, transportation/disorientation, belonging/alienation and collisions between natural and unnatural environments.

Wednesday, April 9

MFA Exhibition Gallery Talk

Blaffer Art Museum, 12-1 pm

Thursday, April 10

Amitav Ghosh  

UH India Studies and The Asia Society present
Authors & Asia: Amitav Ghosh, From Bombay to Canton
Traveling the Opium Route to 19th Century China

Asia Society, 7 pm. Free with reservation, limit, four per person.


Blaffer Student Association's Annual Red Block Bash

Featuring museum tours, mural wall drawing, speed drawing contests, food from Pink’s Pizza and sounds by a live DJ and Grey Matters.

School of Art Courtyard. 4 – 7 p.m. Free.

Behind the Mask: WWI, Plastic Surgery and the Modern Beauty Revolution

A lecture by Dr. David M. Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art, Wake Forest University

SEC 105. 4-5:30 pm. For more information, please email

Gulf Coast Literary Journal's Launch Party: Art Slam and Soul Jam

Bermac Building, 4101 San Jacinto St., 77004. 8 pm. No cover.

Friday, April 11

The Houston Ballet II performs with the UH Ballet Orchestra

Moores Opera House, 7:30 pm. $17/$12 


Monday, April 14

Aura Contemporary Ensemble: Range of Motion

Featuring Daniel Bernard Roumain and Kirsten Yon
Moores Opera Center, 7:30 pm. $12/7


The Art of Observation

Presented by Blaffer Art Museum and The Honors College in conjunction with Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.

Cullen Performance Hall, 11 am. Free.

Tuesday, April 15

MFA Gallery Talk

Blaffer Art Museum, 12-1 pm

Symphonic Bands and Symphonic Winds

Moores Opera Center, 7:30 pm. $12/7

Wednesday, April 16

UH Jazz Orchestra: The Great American Song Book

Moores Opera House, 7:30 pm. $12/$7

Featuring the narration of Houston Radio icon Donna McKenzie in multi-media presentation of works by Kern, Porter, Arlen, Rodgers, and the Gershwins.


Thursday, April 17

MFA Gallery Talk

Blaffer Art Museum, 12 noon

36th UH School of Art Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition Public Performances

Featuring Aaron Bielish's "Eyemusic Ensemble" and Lauren Moya Ford's "Energy is Eternal Delight," or, "How to make a Cheeto."

5:30 – 6:30pm
Blaffer Art Museum

UH Jazz Orchestra performs with DaCamera of Houston

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. 6:30 pm. Free.

Moores School Jazz Ensemble, Moores School Jazz Combo opens. Funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and The Kinder Foundation.

Friday, April 18 - Sunday, April 20 and Thursday, April 24 - Sunday, April 27

The Philadelphia Story

Presented by the UH School of Theatre and Dance

Wortham Theatre. Admission: $20 General public, $15 UH faculty/staff/alumni; $12 Seniors, $10 Students and $8 for all box office ticket purchasers wearing Cougar Red!

Divorced from C.J. Dexter Haven, Tracy Lord is engaged to a successful young snob. A gossip weekly sends a reporter and a camerawoman to report the wedding arrangements and Tracy’s brother who hopes to divert their attention from father’s romance with a Broadway dancer injects them into the house. Tracy finds herself growing interested in Connor, the fascinating reporter. At the end of a pre wedding party, Tracy and Connor take a moonlight dip in the pool and meet her ex husband and finance on their way back to the house. The following morning her intended agrees to forgive her, but his smug attitude enrages Tracy and she breaks off the engagement. Connor offers to marry her, but she turns him down and remarries Dexter, to the satisfaction of everyone.

Enjoy complimentary desserts from McAlister’s Deli and conversation in our Talk Back Session after the show.


Gulf Coast Reading Series

Rudyard’s British Pub, 2010 Waugh Drive, Houston, Texas, 77006. 7 pm. Free.

25 UH School of Art Annual Student Exhibition Opening and Reception 

Blaffer Art Museum, 6-9pm

Monday, April 21 

UH Percussion Ensemble Concert

Moores Opera House, 7:30 pm $12/7


Tuesday, April 22

UH Wind Ensemble Concert

Moores Opera House. 7:30 pm $12/7 


Friday, April 25

UH Jazz Orchestra

Performs at the Katy/West Houston Jazz Festival

Katy High School Performing Center

6331 Highway Blvd.

Info: 281-396-2270 

On Screen @ Blaffer: Jodie Mack

Blaffer Art Museum, 7-9 pm. Free.

Saturday, April 26 

UH Chorus Concert

7:30 pm. $20/12

A concert version of Bernstein’s crazy, zany opera, based on Voltaire’s farce will be performed by a huge array of singers and players celebrating the close of the season.

The massed performers of Moores School include UH Choruses, Symphony Orchestra, and a multitude of the school’s vocal stars.


Monday, April 28

The University Women’s Chorus and Manchoir Concerts

Dudley Recital Hall, 7:30 pm. $12/7


UH Percussion Ensemble II Concert

Moores Opera House, 7:30 pm. $12/7