Faculty and students in the College of Arts and Humanities, ARHU, study the cultures of the world, past and present, in all their rich variety. Through teaching and research that investigates human experience, thought, expression and creativity, the college aims to educate global citizens who assess received opinion, make independent judgments, and value the transforming power of the imagination.
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is a vibrant community of artists, students and audiences, where great work happens both on- and offstage. The Center presents approximately 1,000 events each year spanning all performing arts disciplines.
The unique structure of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies provides the opportunities of a larger community to interconnect and collaborate. While the degree programs in the dance and theatre disciplines retain their individuality, the School affords the inter-disciplinary prospects that enable landmark creativity and scholarship to flourish. Dynamic interaction between faculty, staff and students encourages innovative ideas and new initiatives.
The University of Maryland School of Music combines first-rate academics and conservatory-caliber training in a comprehensive, mid-size program. Located at one of the nation's premier public universities, the UM School of Music is characterized by excellence, energy and momentum. With a world-class faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, the School is dedicated to educating undergraduate and graduate musicians at the highest possible level while emphasizing the importance of the combined scholar, performer, educator, and arts advocate in the 21st century.
The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL) is the central location on the College Park campus for music, theatre, and dance materials. The circulating, reference, serial, and special collections include 56,000 books, 156,000 musical scores, 130,000 audio and video recordings, 4500 microform titles, and 281 active journal subscriptions.
The mission of The Art Gallery is to be a national leader in the exhibition of significant and challenging contemporary art with an emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists, a supporter of new and innovative scholarship, and a vital part of the local and University cultural landscape.
The Art and Architecture Libraries occupy separate facilities, comprising two of the eight University of Maryland Libraries. Each library has its unique collections and offers somewhat different services.
Established in 2001, the David C. Driskell Center provides an intellectual home for artists, museum professionals, art administrators, and scholars, who are interested in broadening the field of African Diasporic studies.
The Department of Art at UMD is a place where students transform ideas and concepts into objects and visual experiences. It is an environment rich in art theory, criticism, and awareness of diverse world culture.
The Kibel and Linear Galleries, located on the lower level of the Architecture Building near the Auditorium, are open in Fall and Spring semesters during regular hours and by appointment. Admission is free.
The Kibel Gallery plays a vital role in the life of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, providing creative expressions on the built environment. Exhibitions relating to the school's four disciplines are chosen for their potential to spur dialogue and celebrate exemplary professional and student work. Six exhibitions per year are supplemented by gallery talks and symposia.
The Linear Gallery, is a student-directed exhibition space located near the Kibel Gallery whose mission is to provide a forum for a student work and accomplishments..