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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

Colleges

Schools

  • 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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News


  • Legendary Theater and Visual Artist to Visit UH

    Posted on Thursday February 02, 2023

    By Rebeca Hawley — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts welcomes Robert Wilson as a visiting artist. Wilson is described by The New York Times as “a towering figure in the world of experimental theatre.”

  • ‘Hair Salon’ Exhibition Showcases Architectural Potential of Black Hair

    Posted on Friday January 27, 2023

    By Rebeca Hawley — Art, design and architectural works will celebrate the power, beauty and architectural potential of Black diasporic hair practices, debuting Thursday, Feb. 2. The exhibition opening kicks off Black History Month.

  • UH Ranks Among Nation’s Best for Online M.Ed. Programs

    Posted on Tuesday January 24, 2023

    By None — The online master’s degree programs offered by UH College of Education have again been ranked among the best in the nation, coming in at No. 10 on the 2023 U.S. News & World Report list. The rankings reflect the programs’ first-rate faculty, effective use of technology and high graduation rates, among other factors.

  • K67 Exhibition at UH Features Restored Kiosk from Former Yugoslavia

    Posted on Monday January 23, 2023

    By Rebeca Hawley — What began as a passion project has become a full-fledged exhibit at the Blaffer Art Museum. Interior architecture professor Dijana Handonović restored a rare K67 kiosk from war-torn former Yugoslavia.

  • UH’s Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Announces Winter Theatrical Performances

    Posted on Friday January 13, 2023

    By Rebeca Hawley — Moores Opera Center raises a glass to comedy and decadence with a new production of “Die Fledermaus” (The Revenge of The Bat) in January. The following month brings a tribute to musical theater’s greatest living composer and lyricist with “Sondheim on Sondheim.”