You’ve heard that the University of Michigan offers a multitude of arts and cultural opportunities
to experience, but where does one even start? Arts At Michigan is here to help you make the most of your
student experience by connecting you to everything this campus and community has to offer in the arts!
Use this Student Arts Checklist to get acquainted with some of the many arts opportunities available here
at the University.
Arts Info is Arts at Michigan’s weekly newsletter for anyone interested in the arts! It includes
events, exhibits, calls, advocacy, contests, and other interesting arts information. Get connected
with the arts scene at Michigan and become a member of the Arts Info Newsletter today!
UMS -- University Musical Society -- They bring great concerts and performances to the University.
They offer discount student tickets for $12 and $20!
The U-M campus is packed with great examples of Public Art. Find out where they are, who made them,
and what their history is with the university.
Do you live in a Residence Hall or living community and have an interest in the arts that you want to
share? Consider becoming an Arts Ambassador!
The School of Music Theatre and Dance stages hundreds of performances throughout the year.
Find out what SMTD is working on!
UAC, University Activities Center, is a student–run programming organization.
They host music and theatre performances, competitions and fun events. Their offerings
span the arts–from dance to a capella. Come see what’s coming up next!
The goal of the Confucius Institue at the University of Michigan is to to build alliances
and to share the lessons of Michigan's success as a great public research university as a
model for Chinese higher education.
One of the finest university art museums in the country, UMMA holds collections representing 150
years of art collecting. A dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and interpretative programs
connects visitors with the rich artistic legacy of the past and today’s avant-garde.
The Department of English and the Office of the Provost of the University of Michigan sponsors
the Zell Writers Series, bringing contemporary authors to speak about their work. View the
schedule of events here.
The Penny Stamps Speaker Series brings respected, emerging, and established artists/designers
from a broad spectrum of media to give public lectures on their work.
The Center implements over 300 co-curricular programs each year, including, cultural and
educational programs, films, art exhibits, UMix Late Night, athletic/spirit activities and
various performance groups and concerts.
ArtsEngine has a mission to integrate art–making and the arts into the life of
the University, and to help the University community educate, create, and collaborate.
They also offer courses on creative process.
These galleries servea as a vital juncture between studio work and public dialogue, providing an
important educational experience for students and a window for members of the University and local
communities to become familiar with the work of students, faculty, staff and a broader community of
Each exhibition in this space serves as a starting point for collaboration and critical inquiry,
bringing new perspectives and actively engaging the community with the humanities. The gallery
now also offers commissioning fellowships each year, providing artists the time and support to
create new work while in short term residence.
GalleryDAAS supports the mission of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS)
by exhibiting emerging and established artists from throughout the African Diaspora. The gallery
is a catalyst for acknowledging the work of original art by artists of Africa and its diaspora,
through exhibitions, artist residencies, and by encouraging unique teaching opportunities for
DAAS and the U-M community.
Located in East Quad (701 E. University) and run by the Residential College, this gallery is
approximately 500 square-feet and hosts two professional and one RC student exhibit in both
the fall and winter semesters.
The Gallery in the Duderstadt Center (Room 1019, Duderstadt Center) aims to exhibit the widest
range of creative talents from within the university. Exhibits in the 2600-square-foot octagonal
room range from two- or three-dimensional, from art to engineering products, or computer-based
The Center for Campus Involvement offers exhibit space to student and non-student artists, student
organizations, departments and staff in each of the three unions.
The Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Women’s Studies Department present art exhibitions
in Lane Hall’s lobby, an intimate space, conducive to seeing, reflection, and study. Exhibitions feature
works in a variety of media, by artists from near and far who are united in their exploration of topical
issues and themes in the study of women and gender.
There are numerous exhibition spaces tucked away throughout the various University of Michigan Library
buildings. Check their listing of current exhibitions and go find some interesting art!
The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning runs several spaces with exhibitions that are
free and open to the public. Taubman College Gallery (room 2106 Art and Architecture Building) and
the Liberty Gallery (305 W. Liberty St.).