Arts & Culture

David Ellis in residence at the Visual Arts Center.

Photo by Christina S. Murrey

In the heart of the city known as the Live Music Capital of the World, The University of Texas at Austin offers a dizzying array of arts and culture opportunities. Creativity, expression and artistic exploration thrive on our campus, with the bright and exciting pulse of Austin coursing through it. You can check out a world-famous comedian at Bass Concert Hall, watch your roommate star in a Brockett Theatre production, join a student dance troupe, wander over to the Blanton to check out the latest exhibit, or head downtown to catch a show in a historic Austin venue — all in a day. Whether you're pursuing a degree in fine and performing arts or interested in art, music, theatre and dance outside of class, this is the place for you.

Bass Concert Hall

Texas Performing Arts

All year long, Texas Performing Arts offers a diverse, eclectic season of music, theatre, dance and conversation. Performances showcase world-famous acts from around the globe, Broadway in Austin productions, and work by students, faculty and staff.

Lera Lynn at KUTX


KUTX offers "The Austin Music Experience," featuring fresh, cutting-edge music, alongside iconic songs and established artists who continue to inspire.

Nritya Sangam performance at Gone to Texas.

Arts and Culture Student Organizations

Consider joining Hook 'Em Arts, CANVAS, ArTex, or one of the dozens of other student organizations devoted to arts and culture. Or get some friends together and start an organization of your own!

James Turrell's The Color Inside


UT Austin's incredible public art program, developing a cohesive collection of public art from a curatorial perspective. Its projects, located throughout the main campus, include James Turrell's The Color Inside, Mark di Suvero's Clock Knot, and many more.

Prometheus, the Creative 40 Acres mascot

Creative 40 Acres

Creative 40 Acres is dedicated to supporting and celebrating creative art-making and cultural expression by UT Austin students wherever it flourishes on our campus — especially outside the organized curriculum in student-initiated creative work.

Shakespeare at Winedale outdoor performance

Shakespeare at Winedale

Originally a UT Austin English course, Shakespeare at Winedale is now a year-round program for students and community members alike, dedicated to bringing Shakespeare to life through performance.

Koren Der Harootian, Prometheus and Vulture, 1948.

Exhibition Spaces

From museums and galleries to residence halls and courtyards, art is everywhere at UT Austin.

Bates Recital Hall

Performance Spaces

There are hundreds of performances held on our campus every year — something for everyone.