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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 in Fall 2016
  • 27undergraduate and graduate degree programs


  • Art Installation at UH Invites Community Dialogue About Law Enforcement

    Posted on Wednesday April 07, 2021

    By Sara Tubbs — A piece by artist Shaun Leonardo that’s intended to invite community dialogue about one’s experiences with law enforcement will be installed on the University of Houston campus this week.

  • Coming Soon: ‘Art on Screen 21’

    Posted on Tuesday April 06, 2021

    By Sara Tubbs — Public Art of the University of Houston System is hosting its first ever film series titled “Art on Screen 21” on Saturday, April 10 at the UH Cullen Performance Hall. The all-day event begins at 10 a.m. and features four films, as well as tours of select works in Public Art UHS’s permanent and temporary public art collections.

  • UH Poet Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

    Posted on Tuesday February 23, 2021

    By Sara Tubbs — Joy Priest, a first-year doctoral candidate in the University of Houston’s renowned Creative Writing Program, has received a Creative Writing Fellowship of $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Artwork of Texas Icon Dorothy Hood on Display at UH

    Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2021

    By Sara Tubbs — The University of Houston is enriching its collection of Dorothy Hood treasures with a donation of the Texas painter’s work to Public Art of the University of Houston System. “Coptic Days,” a painting and mixed media collage created by the late artist, is a gift from Houston gallerist Deborah Colton.

  • UH Physicists are Asking Big Questions about the Universe

    Posted on Thursday January 07, 2021

    By Jeannie Kever — Physicists at the University of Houston are pushing the boundaries of what we know about the universe.



  • 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
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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.

Learn more about the public art collection and programming >>