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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


  • Public Art of University of Houston System Remembers Christo

    Posted on Monday June 01, 2020

    By Sara Tubbs — Public Art of University of Houston System is remembering Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, the artist known simply as Christo, who died at the age of 84. The Bulgarian-born artist’s print “Texas Mastaba, Project for 500,000 Stacked Oil Drums,” is part of the Public Art UHS collection.

  • Virtual Stages: How UH Students Challenged Parameters of Artistic Creativity and the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Transformed in COVID-19 Era

    Posted on Wednesday May 27, 2020

    By Sara Tubbs — Creativity and flexibility are the touchstones that guide the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts community. During these unprecedented times, students, faculty and staff have put their ingenuity to work.

  • UH Alumnus Wins Pulitzer Prize

    Posted on Wednesday May 06, 2020

    By None — Jericho Brown, a University of Houston alumnus who received his Ph.D. in creative writing and literature in 2007, has won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

  • Free and Open to the Public: Tour UH System’s Public Art

    Posted on Monday March 02, 2020

    By Sara Tubbs — What are you doing for lunch on Friday, March 6? Go ahead and grab your walking shoes and join Public Art of the University of Houston System for a public art tour at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. The tour is from noon to 1 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

  • Beethoven at 250: UH Joins the World in Celebration

    Posted on Thursday February 13, 2020

    By Sara Tubbs — The University of Houston is uniting with symphonies and other musical organizations from around the world to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven — one of the most revered figures in the history of Western music. Beethoven 250 Houston 2020 runs Monday, Feb. 17 through Saturday, Feb. 29 on the UH campus.



  • 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 >>