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Facts and Awards

Students playing instruments and receiving instruction in a music classroom

At a Glance

The Arts comprises 5 academic departments in the fields of Music, Drama, Art + Art History + Design, Dance, and Digital and Experimental Media (DXARTS), as well as 2 museums; the Henry Art Gallery and the Burke Museum; and the Meany Center for the Performing Arts which runs a major visiting artists program. Our faculty includes 86 tenure track professors, 10 full-time lecturers, and 26 artists in residence. Annually, our departments teach 1,100 graduate and undergraduate majors and grant 289 bachelor’s degrees, 52 master’s degrees, and 29 PhD degrees. Over the last five years, we have taught an average of over 75,000 student credit hours annually, often to students whose majors are far afield from the arts. We are also proud to produce more than 300 performances, exhibits, and public programs annually.

Fact Sheets:

Arts Division Fact Sheet
School of Art + Art History + Design Fact Sheet
Department of Dance Fact Sheet
School of Drama Fact Sheet
Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Design (DXARTS) Fact Sheet
School of Music Fact Sheet
Burke Museum Fact Sheet
Henry Art Gallery Fact Sheet
Meany Center for the Performing Arts Fact Sheet


In many ways, the arts stand at the pinnacle of the human aspirations that make for a great university — the intersection of mind and spirit, heart and imagination, body and soul. Mark Richards, UW Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Faculty Awards and Honors:

  • Amazon Catalyst Fellowships 
  • American Academy of Arts and Letters; Fellowships and Charles Ives Living Award 
  • American Prize
  • Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Center For Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art
  • Backstage West Garland Awards 
  • Bourges Electroacoustic Music Prize 
  • Creative Capital 
  • Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Awards
  • Drama Desk Award 
  • Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship in African American Theatre Studies, American Society for Theatre Research
  • Ford Family Fellowships 
  • Fulbright Scholars 
  • Gaudeamus Foundation Composition Prize 
  • Gregory Award
  • Innovator Award, Artist Trust
  • Jerome Fellowships, Playwrights’ Center 
  • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships 
  • Joseph A. Callaway Award, New Dramatists
  • Lucille Lortel Award 
  • Luigi Russolo Electronic Composition Award 
  • MacDowell Colony
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and Grants
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Mellon Fellowships 
  • Neddy Artist Award 
  • New Directions Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Princeton University Hodder Fellowship 
  • Prix Ars Electronica 
  • Robert McCauley Award for Painting, Museum of Northwest Art
  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships 
  • Rome Prize for Composition 
  • San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award
  • Schuchert Award, Paleontological Society
  • SEGD Educator Award 
  • Stranger Genius Award 
  • Tony Award nominees EDDY (Entertainment Design Award)
  • University Music Educator of the Year by the Washington Music Educators Association  
  • University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Awards 
  • University of Washington Student Life Outstanding New Initiative Award (DXARTS)