Driven by the creative experimentation and intellectual energy of our students, faculty, resident artists, and professional presenting organizations, the arts are central to the life of the University of Chicago.
The University of Chicago’s great tradition of integrated and interdisciplinary inquiry is particularly manifested in the arts, which take root throughout campus in a wide range of academic departments and co-curricular programs; in our theaters, museums and galleries, and performance halls; in our interdisciplinary research centers; and in our multitude of student-run arts groups. This spirit of borderless exchange has created a university-wide laboratory for scholars and artists (and scholar-artists) who boldly integrate teaching, research, and creative expression.
The arts at the University are also firmly rooted in the world and city around it. As a culturally rich and diverse metropolis, Chicago offers an inexhaustible array of opportunities for partnership, discovery, and engagement in the arts. The University of Chicago has a strong tradition of collaboration with the city’s preeminent cultural institutions, including the Art Institute, Goodman Theatre, Hyde Park Arts Center, DuSable Museum of African American History, Lyric Opera, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. We are also engaged in the cultural life of our neighboring communities through a range of individual partnerships with schools and arts organizations, partnerships that are now being expanded through the University’s Arts + Public Life initiative.
Our vibrant arts scene is manifest in many forms and throughout the campus. Most visible among these is the interdisciplinary new 11-story, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien-designed, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry is a unique program fostering collaborations between artists and scholars on campus and internationally. Teams of graduate students from disparate arts and science disciplines are collaborating on creative projects through a special grant program. Lectures, exhibits, performances, and events sponsored by the Open Practice Committee explore the atmospheres and attitudes that make art contemporary. The field-defining scholarship of our faculty gives us a leading role extraordinary collaborative efforts throughout the campus, city, and around the globe.
Explore this website to sample many other manifestations of our singular approach to the arts, from academic departments and committees and our student-run organizations to our vital professional and presenting campus institutions. Our campus is also home to the Special Collections Research Center, and Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Collectively they nurture a creative conversation among the arts and other disciplines that enriches and transforms the life of the campus, its neighboring communities, and the city of Chicago.