Gain a different perspective. The arts change everything.
We know you’re busy. We know you’ve got a lot on your mind. And that’s exactly why we know you need to take a moment for yourself, check out what’s happening with the arts at the University of Dayton—and gain a new perspective on the world. We’ve been busy too: we’ve organized more than 80 different opportunities for you to connect and refresh. Films, concerts, exhibitions, workshops—and most of them are free! Many arts events feature our students, faculty and alumni, while others bring in visiting artists from around the world.
This fall you’ll find musicians from Mali, Brazil, China and Cuba featured as part of the University’s Arts Series (a program with five decades of history at the University). Also featured are extraordinary opportunities to work with members of the University’s Community Artist-In-Residence, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Of course there’s much more. We have a lot to offer, and sometimes one event is all it takes for that “aha” moment. Make sure you don’t miss your moment.
An innovative dance group with local ties and recently featured on America's Got Talent will return to Dayton this month for a week of energetic performances and discussions. More >>
An international roster of artists will display their works exploring human rights at Gallery 249. More >>
15 weeks. 88 events. Limitless imagination.
What makes us human?
The University of Dayton will engage in a year of exploration and dialogue about the influence of the arts across multiple dimensions of our lives. It will be a year of immersion inspired by the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and the compelling challenges of advancing global human rights in the 21st century. From visiting artists to films and symposiums to performances, much of this year’s arts programming will embrace the theme of “Rites. Rights. Writes.” Learn more about this University-wide initiative >>
From visual art exhibitions and visiting artist lectures to film, theatre, and dance performances, arts audiences will find something for everyone at the University of Dayton. All events are open to the public, and most are free.View Full Calendar >>
Come enjoy the arts with us.
Open parking is available in single-letter lots after 7:30 pm Monday through Thursday, after 4:30 pm Friday, and all day on the weekend. A parking permit is required at all other times and can be obtained at the main visitor center on the University circle or the parking booth at Lot C on Evanston Avenue.
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ArtStreet Studio D Gallery is located on the 300 block of Kiefaber Street on the University of Dayton campus. Open event parking is available in the McGinnis Center lot, adjacent to ArtStreet on Frericks Way (designated event spots only). No parking permitted in double-letter parking spots (AS, AR, MG, RP) at any time. ArtStreet is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday. Visit the Studio D Gallery website >>
Gallery 249 (Department of Visual Arts) is located on the second floor of College Park Center at 1529 Brown St. Limited visitor parking is available at College Park Center. During exhibit receptions, a student attendant at the front door of College Park Center will provide each guest with a parking pass. At other times, visitors should obtain a parking pass from the parking attendant located on the University Circle. To reach the second floor, obtain an access card at the front desk on the first floor of College Park Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Visit the Gallery 249 website >>
Roesch Library Gallery is located on the first floor of Roesch Library. For library hours, visit http://www.udayton.edu/
Kennedy Union Boll Theatre is a 389-seat theatre located on the first floor of Kennedy Union. Closest parking is in Lot B; open event parking available after 7:30 pm Monday through Thursday, after 4:30 pm Friday, and all day on the weekend.
Kennedy Union Ballroom is located on the second floor of Kennedy Union. Closest parking is in Lot B; open event parking available after 7:30 pm Monday through Thursday, after 4:30 pm Friday, and all day on the weekend.
Sears Recital Hall is a 183-seat facility located on the first floor of the Jesse Philips Humanities Center. Closet parking is in Lot C; stop at the parking booth for a permit. Open event parking available after 7:30 pm Monday through Thursday, after 4:30 pm Friday, and all day on the weekend.
South Park United Methodist Church is located at 140 Stonemill Road, just across Brown Street from the South Student Neighborhood. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the church.
ArtStreet Cafe and Outdoor Amphitheatre are located on the 300 block of Kiefaber Street on the University of Dayton campus. Open event parking is available in the McGinnis Center lot, adjacent to ArtStreet on Frericks Way (designated event spots only). No parking permitted in double-letter parking spots (AS, AR, MG, RP) at any time.
ArtStreet Studio B is a screening room within the ArtStreet complex, located on the 300 block of Kiefaber Street on the University of Dayton campus. Open event parking is available in the McGinnis Center lot, adjacent to ArtStreet on Frericks Way (designated event spots only). No parking permitted in double-letter parking spots (AS, AR, MG, RP) at any time.
College Park Center, home of the Departments of Visual Arts and Music and the Theatre Program, is located at 1529 Brown St. Limited visitor parking is available at College Park Center. Visitors should obtain a parking pass from the parking attendant located on the University Circle. To visit the department areas, obtain an access card at the front desk on the first floor of College Park Center.
McGinnis Center is located next to ArtStreet at the intersection of Frericks Way and Kiefaber Street on the University of Dayton campus. Open event parking is available in the McGinnis Center lot on Frericks Way (designated event spots only). No parking permitted in double-letter parking spots (AS, AR, MG, RP) at any time.
Join us in our creative journey.
Interested in learning more about the arts opportunities at the University of Dayton? Please visit the department websites listed below.
For 50 years, the UD Arts Series has brought hundreds of artists to campus, opening the programs to the community as well. Funded by the College of Arts and Sciences, the programs have ranged from poetry and drama, to music, dance and the visual arts. These selections reflect the revised mission statement of the Arts Series to sponsor “distinctive, varied and engaging arts events to enrich the cultural life of our community.”
ArtStreet is an innovative learning and living arts complex located in the heart of the South Student Neighborhood at the University of Dayton. Many ArtStreet programs are open to the public, including visual arts workshops, film screenings, art exhibits and live music performances. Come explore your creative side at ArtStreet!
Department of Music
The Department of Music offers degree programs including the Bachelor of Music, with majors in performance, composition, music therapy or music education; and the Bachelor of Arts, with a major in music. The Department of Music, a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, also offers a wide variety of free concerts throughout the year.
Department of Visual Arts
The Department of Visual Arts at the University of Dayton teaches the perceptual, practical, and critical skill necessary for the creation and understanding of art and design in a variety of media and contexts. The department emphasizes the highly integrative nature of art and design and their immense cultural and personal importance. Gallery 249, as part of the educational mission of the Department of Visual Arts, serves to highlight the work of students, faculty, and invited professional artists.
Graul Chair in Arts and Languages
This endowed chair is named for Dr. Thomas C. and Janet M. Graul and it is specifically designed to promote interdisciplinary approaches to the arts and languages with a particular focus on international perspectives. The position is currently held by Richard Chenoweth, horn professor in the Department of Music.
The Theatre Program offers a Bachelor of Arts in theatre available through the Department of Communication. Students receive instruction in acting, directing, stage movement, stage design, technical production, critical analysis and theatre history. The theatre program produces three mainstage theatre productions and two dance performances each year, as well as a multitude of student-run productions.
The University Libraries host a number of arts exhibits and events each year. Galleries are located on the 1st and 7th floors of Roesch Library. University of Dayton's Marian Library, located on the 7th floor of Roesch Library, is a globally recognized center for the study of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and holds the world's largest collection of printed materials and artifacts devoted to her. The collection includes more than 100,000 books and pamphlets in more than 50 languages, and a vast collection of nearly 3,000 Nativity sets and Marian art from around the world.
Please contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.
General Arts Inquiries:
Adrienne Niess, Associate Director, ArtStreet
Arts Series: 937-229-2787
Department of Music: 937-229-3936
Department of Visual Arts/Gallery 249: 937-229-3237
Graul Chair in Arts and Languages: 937-229-3490
Kennedy Union/Boll Theatre Box Office: 937-229-2545
Theatre Program Office: 937-229-3950
University Libraries: 937-229-4094
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To make a contribution: 1-888-253-2383