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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
  • 27undergraduate and graduate degree programs



  • 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
  • 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
  • Arts Leadership Program

    The Arts Leadership Program takes an entrepreneurial approach to preparing creative professionals to launch, administer and sustain arts organizations of all sizes. The program offers advanced study in the management and promotion of arts organizations across the arts disciplines.

    Graduate Programs

  • 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.

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  • Beautiful in Blue: Artist Muna Al-Bader Connects Cultures with New Mural at UH

    Posted on Wednesday December 15, 2021

    By Sara Tubbs — Qatari artist Muna Al-Bader painted a new mural on the University of Houston campus. "Cultural Bonds" illustrates 50 years of cultural ties and strong diplomatic relations between the United States and Qatar. The piece will be on view outside the UH College of Technology through Nov. 2022.

  • When Hollywood Meets Houston

    Posted on Monday December 06, 2021

    By Sara Tubbs — University of Houston students got the opportunity to work on the set of "Hip Hop Christmas," a feature film by visiting professor Greg Carter. Carter is teaching courses on filmmaking this academic year through a joint appointment in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts and Jack J. Valenti School of Communication.

  • Dorothy Hood Exhibition Offers Glimpse into Texas Artist’s Life, Legacy

    Posted on Tuesday November 09, 2021

    By None — Artworks and archival materials by pioneering artist Dorothy Hood are the centerpiece of a new exhibition organized by Public Art of the University of Houston System in collaboration with the Art Museum of South Texas (AMST) and UH Libraries Special Collections. “Dorothy Hood: The Edge of Being” is on view through March 2023.

  • Diversity Over Division Mural Installed at UH at Sugar Land to Celebrate the Community

    Posted on Friday November 05, 2021

    By Marisa Ramirez — A new mural unveiled at the University of Houston at Sugar Land celebrates the richness of the Fort Bend community. The Diversity Over Division Mural features the work of six international artists, under the direction of Houston artist Reginald Adams.

  • Connecting Cultures: Qatari Artist Muna Al-Bader Paints New Mural at UH

    Posted on Wednesday November 03, 2021

    By Sara Tubbs — Qatari artist Muna Al-Bader is bringing her spray paint and famous shades of blue paint to the University of Houston for an interactive event that truly illustrates the meaning of public art. Spectators will get the opportunity to witness Al-Bader's every brushstroke as she creates a mural on campus from Friday, Nov. 5 through Thursday, Nov. 11.