Arts on Campus
Galleries and Grounds
Visitors with an eye for the arts will find plenty to do – and see – on the University of Arkansas campus. The campus has long supported the performing and visual arts through academic programs and public offerings.
Recent additions of art to the campus include the Silas Hunt memorial sculpture and significant contemporary artwork inside the new Hillside Auditorium. Other outdoor sculptures may be viewed on campus, including Courage to Lead, a bronze sculpture by Native American artist Denny Haskew, gifted to the university in 2003.
The Fine Arts Center, built in 1950 and designed by renowned architect Edward Durell Stone, features the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts Library, the University Theatre and Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. The gallery features a robust rotation of exhibitions of student artwork in all media. Open every day except Saturday, the gallery sometimes displays the work of visiting artists and professors, who also provide lectures and guest studios. Learn more at art.uark.edu.
The University Theatre, operated by the department of theatre, starts its theatrical season in the fall with dramas, comedies and musicals performed and produced by a student cast and crew. The department prepares students for careers as designers, directors, actors and writers in productions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London, as well as in national tours and theatres such as Lincoln Center, Circle in the Square, The Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and many more. Visit drama.uark.edu to see what’s showing now.
The Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center, which opened in 2015, is the primary performance venue for the university’s musical groups, including the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Campus Band, New Music Ensemble, University Symphony Orchestra, Schola Cantorum, Concert Choir, Inspirational Chorale, Women’s Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Pan Band, Jazz Band, and Opera. The center also provides space for guest artists and lecturers and for some theatrical performances. Located next to the Arkansas Union in the newly renovated historic Field House, this state-of-the-art venue provides seating for 588 people. Visit music.uark.edu for a listing of performances.