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Practice arts where arts are practiced.

Discovery lies at the heart of our enterprise. Our faculty collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, catalyze creativity in the classroom, cultivate artistic excellence in the studio, illuminate in their writings how art makes meaning, and contribute to the cultural vitality of our world. Arts faculty, with the active participation of our graduate and undergraduate students, continuously expand the frontiers of knowledge through their creative productions and scholarly research. Nationally and internationally acclaimed, our award-winning faculty also collaborate with local and regional artists and cultural organizations, helping to make Seattle a place where the arts are widely practiced. With over a hundred distinguished artists and scholars, the Arts’ faculty possesses a remarkable range of expertise, connections, and experiences, collectively offering students exceptional access to the breadth, depth, and dynamism of the arts.

Highlighted Faculty


Ted Poor


Sonal Khullar


Mark Zirpel


Juan Pampin


Huck Hodge


Doug Jeck


Cristina Valdés


Claire Kenney

With ‘Nina Simone: Four Women,’ director Valerie Curtis-Newton wants audiences to see the work of black women

Valerie Curtis-Newton, head of directing program in the School of Drama, is the director of "Nina Simone: Four Women" at the Seattle Repertory…

The Seattle Times

ArtsUW Roundup: Romeo and Jules, Seattle Symphony: Mozart Symphony No. 40, Performing with the Brain, and more!

This week, attend opening night of “Romeo and Jules”, witness musicians perform with their brains, drop in at the library for a lunchtime concert . …

UW News

Inspiring Arts Exploration

ArtsUW, the University of Washington's website for campus arts events, now also features information about arts courses, workshops, majors, and other…

UW College of Arts & Sciences News

Our Stories


Haein Kang's work at AWMAT, UC Santa Barbara


DXARTS Alumnus Tivon Rice receives two major grants


Brian Brooks at the Department of Dance

Upcoming Events


Students at undergraduate graduation exhibition

Apr. 2 - Jun. 6, 2019

Undergraduate Graduation Exhibitions

Each year we celebrate graduating Art and Design undergraduate students with a series of exhibitions in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery

Jacob Lawrence Gallery Learn More
Promo image for Romeo and Jules

Apr. 13 - Apr. 28, 2019

Romeo and Jules

Romeo and JulesAn adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and JulietAdapted and directed by Geoff Korf, UW Drama faculty, Associate DirectorApril 17 – 28, 2019Previews April 13 …

Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse Learn More Buy Ticket


Beautiful Violin Closeup

Apr. 24, 2019

Fourth Wednesday Concert Series

Students from the UW School of Music strings program will perform in in the Allen Library North lobby. This free monthly lunchtime concert series is co-hosted by the School of Music and UW Libraries

Allen Library Learn More