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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


  • Now Showing: ‘Kidnappers Foil’ at Blaffer Art Museum

    Posted on Wednesday November 13, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — Gareth Long, a Toronto-based artist, is lifting the curtain on a dozen of Texan filmmaker Melton Barker's existing movie shorts in an immersive moving image installation at the Blaffer Art Museum. “Gareth Long: Kidnappers Foil” will be on view from Nov. 16-March 14, 2020.

  • Public Art UHS Publishes Monograph to Commemorate 50th Anniversary

    Posted on Thursday October 31, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — Art lovers can now experience Public Art of the University of Houston System like never before with the release of a first-ever monograph commemorating the collection’s 50th anniversary.

  • Award-Winning Performance Artist Taylor Mac to Deliver 2019 Mitchell Artist Lecture

    Posted on Wednesday October 30, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — Award-winning performer, playwright, songwriter, performance artist, director and producer Taylor Mac is the featured speaker at the University of Houston’s annual Mitchell Artist Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Moores Opera House. During his talk titled “What’s Gonna Happen?,” Mac will share his vision for the future of theatre in an uncertain world and the power of transforming calamity into communion.

  • Remembering The Art Guys’ Michael Galbreth

    Posted on Tuesday October 22, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — Michael Galbreth, one half of Houston’s conceptual art duo The Art Guys, passed away at the age of 63. Galbreth and his artistic partner Jack Massing – both University of Houston alumni – are the masterminds behind “The Statue of Four Lies,” a prominent piece in the Public Art of the University of Houston System collection.

  • Fall Exhibitions Mark New Chapter, Vision for Blaffer Art Museum

    Posted on Wednesday October 16, 2019

    By Sara Tubbs — Works by Jacqueline Nova, a pioneer in electroacoustic music and Paul Mpagi Sepuya, a globally acclaimed photographic artist, will be on view at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. Both exhibitions will debut with a reception from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 and are free and open to the public.



  • 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 >>