UMD’s College of Arts & Humanities

For creative and curious students who seek knowledge of the past to impact the promise of the future.

ARHU is One of three colleges that make up the liberal arts at Maryland (ARHU, Behavioral and Social Sciences; Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences)

Arts & Humanities at Maryland...

are deeply engaged with each other. Not only do many arts disciplines take the humanities as their object of study, the humanities draw on the arts to visualize their work.

Imagine this student experience: Cross-continental production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as the culminating collaboration between School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. Staging, costumes, lighting and direction were jointly realized in the U.S. and in China with a cast of Chinese and American student actors, who each performed in their native language.

Visual Arts

  • The Departments of Art and Art History and Archaeology
  • University of Maryland Art Gallery
  • David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora
  • Herman Maril Gallery

UMD-Phillips Partnership

  • Joint courses on the arts, art history, museum studies, and a first-year innovation and research experience (FIRE) called “Phillips Virtual Culture”
  • Post-doctoral fellowships and undergraduate internships
  • Co-curated artists talks music programming between the museum on UMD’s School of Music (which I will discuss in greater detail later)
  • UMD-Phillips Book Prize
  • And free shuttle service and admission to the museum

Performing Arts

  • School of Music
  • School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
  • Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
  • Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

—Arts Fast Facts—

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Facility designed as an incubator for collaboration spaces: 6 Venues, Performance, Education, Administration, Library, Maryland Parks & Planning

Jason Geary

Director, School of Music

School of Music

Leigh Wilson Smiley

Director, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies

Stephen Henry

Head, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Martin Wollesen

Executive Director, The Clarice

The Clarice

Community Engagement

Intellectual/Academic Collaborations

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