The Office of the Provost supports key UChicago Arts initiatives that complement and enhance curricular and co-curricular arts activity across campus. Our students and faculty practice art in independent work, classrooms, and student groups; perform and exhibit at campus galleries and professional venues; and engage with artists and institutions throughout the city. These pursuits enrich the campus community and raise the University’s profile as an intellectual destination and a leader in the arts. Initiatives strengthen and build upon the three major arts investments of the last decade: Arts + Public Life, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.
These initiatives join the University’s exceptional professional arts organizations, including the Court Theatre and Smart Museum of Art, and degree-granting programs and non-degree courses in the Division of the Humanities and the College, representing the unique and dynamic role of the arts when integrated into a world-class research institution. A model for cutting-edge practice, presentation, and scholarship, UChicago Arts supports the arts efforts of the University’s departments, faculty, and students. Together they explore the boundaries of art and the impact it can have in the University’s local, national, and global communities.
To ensure that the University of Chicago can continue to redefine arts education and intellectually rigorous artmaking, the provost appointed an all-faculty Arts Steering Committee in 2014 and asked it to produce five- and ten-year visions for the future of the arts. Over the subsequent year, the Steering Committee and its seven topic-specific subcommittees created the Report on the Future of UChicago Arts – 2020 and 2025, which outlines many exciting possibilities for the next decade in the arts. To support the ongoing development and implementation of key initiatives described in the report (including initiatives in architecture, urban design, and media arts & design), a second iteration of the Arts Steering Committee was constituted in 2015 with arts leaders from across campus, whose ongoing efforts on the committee continue to drive the growth of UChicago Arts today.
See the links below to learn more about the University's arts initiatives and read the 2015 faculty report.