UH Arts - University of Houston
Skip to main content
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
  • 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
public art
Public Art UH System Logo

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.

Learn more about the public art collection and programming >>


  • ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Coming to UH

    Posted on Tuesday May 17, 2022

    By None — The Kathrine G. McGovern College of Arts is proud to present “Little Shop of Horrors” - the college’s first ever full-scale musical production. A classic Broadway title originally adapted from the 1960 film, “Little Shop” marks the first collaborative production by students and faculty from Moores School of Music and the School of Theatre & Dance.

  • Performance Series to Raise COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Through the Arts

    Posted on Tuesday May 03, 2022

    By Chris Stipes — In collaboration with Houston Methodist Hospital, the University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts presents a free event performance series funded by the CDC Foundation that focuses on raising COVID-19 vaccine awareness through the arts in immunization hesitant Houston communities.

  • UH Blaffer Art Museum Showcases Work by Celebrated Houston Photographer Pam Francis

    Posted on Wednesday April 20, 2022

    By Chris Stipes — The Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston is presenting the first museum survey exhibition of distinguished Houston-born artist and photographer Pam Francis (1954-2020). “Pam Francis: Photographs” is on view through April 26 in the Joanne Guest Wilson Gallery of the Museum.

  • UH Associate Professor Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography

    Posted on Monday April 18, 2022

    By Bryan Luhn — Keliy Anderson-Staley, associate professor of photography and digital media at UH, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship— one of 180 fellows chosen from nearly 2,500 applicants. Her photographic work has been featured at top venues and museums across the country.

  • Tolliver Selected as National Humanities Center Fellow

    Posted on Wednesday April 06, 2022

    By None — Cedric R. Tolliver, UH associate professor of English, has been selected as a National Humanities Center Fellow. He will work to complete his manuscript, which addresses a fundamental tension at the heart of racial integration in the U.S. over the last 70 years.