University of Connecticut

A Message from the Dean

Welcome to the website of UConn’s School of Fine Arts.

The School of Fine Arts encompasses four academic areas including Art and Art History, Digital Media and Design, the Dramatic Arts, and Music. All of these programs offer degrees at the graduate and undergraduate levels with doctoral programs in Music. In addition, the School of Fine Arts accommodates a full calendar of performances and exhibits on the campus.

The department of Digital Media and Design is our newest academic department in the School and we are excited by the wide range of courses being developed in this program. The William Benton Museum of Art, the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, the Contemporary Art Galleries, the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry provide exciting venues for students and visiting artists on the campus of the University of Connecticut. Last year, over 200,000 people attended a myriad of School of Fine Arts exhibitions, performances and concerts. The Community School of the Arts, the newest division in the School of Fine Arts, serves over 1100 residents of Eastern Connecticut ranging in age from 6 months to 90 years with instruction in music, art, theatre and dance.

The School of Fine Arts is dedicated to the highest artistic and academic standards and has broadened its environment during the past decade. With important study abroad programs in London, England, Florence, Italy and continued collaborations with the Dublin Institute of Technology’s Conservatory of Music and Drama, students have the opportunity to study and experience art and culture on a world stage and perform for international audiences.

The School has been enriched with significant partnerships with art organizations throughout the state and region, including a curatorial partnership with the New Britain Museum of Art, a collaborative partnership with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, a partnership with the Berkshire Theater Festival, and a unique collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera of New York City. The School is also enriched by the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Competition which attracts young composers throughout the world.

I am extremely proud of our student initiated We Art! campaign, developed and designed to connect with the university community and alumni as well as foster new and long term relationships with artists and supporters of the arts world. Student energy is everywhere in the School of Fine Arts as We Art Together.

From the premiers of new plays to performances by the London Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops and from Human Rights exhibits in the Benton Museum of Art, to international conferences for print making and for puppetry, the School of Fine Arts serves as a center for culture, artistic development and exploration. This website provides a unique glimpse into the creative life of the University of Connecticut campus.

Sincerely,

Bríd Grant, Dean
School of Fine Arts

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