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As an acclaimed professional school and the center of cultural life at the University of Connecticut, the School of Fine Arts is committed to providing superb education as well as engaging arts exhibits and performances. The school endeavors to grow and continue to be a magnet for artists and intellectuals across the region.

The School of Fine Arts enriches the cultural life of the University of Connecticut community, as well as the state, providing an artistic environment that offers unique expressions of emotion, intellect and spirit. In addition to our stellar academic programs in Dramatic Arts, Music, Art & Art History, and Digital Media & Design, the UConn School of Fine Arts is also home to the Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry, William Benton Museum of Art, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, von der Mehden Recital Hall, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, and Contemporary Art Galleries. As UConn continues gaining national recognition for excellence, the School of Fine Arts is playing a key role in the University’s ascendance into the list of top 20 public institutions.

Student Success Stories

Two UConn students, though, wanted to help their peers build supportive connections during this time of uncertainty and physical distancing, and they’re doing so with the creation of an online platform, Refreshr.


“With mental health, it’s sometimes hard for students to support each other,” says Alex Kim ’22 (BUS), who co-founded Refreshr with friend, Jamison Cote ’22 (SFA). “Last semester was definitely just weird, and unprecedented, and crazy. Entering this semester and the coming semesters, it’s still going to be different – it’s a new way, how we learn and how we interact with other people. With such a drastic change, we still need to be able to be resilient as students and to be able to support each other, because we’re going to need it the most, especially during a time like this.”


Featured Alumni

headshot of UConn SFA alum Eric Pank

"When you study at [the School of Fine Arts], you have a unique opportunity to experiment and learn about every conceivable facet of the arts. Do the things you're fearful of, whether that's learning about composition or an unfamiliar medium. Dabble! You'll learn more than you'd ever expect."


Eric Panke '93 a Bloomfield, Conn. native, is an art director and illustrator who occasionally dabbles in the copywriting world. His client list has included Konica Minolta, Olymic Stains, Pfizer, Travelers, United Way of Connecticut, Mystic Seaport, Mohegan Sun, and many more. He's been recognized by the Print Regional Design Annual Awards, New England Hatch Awards, CT Art Directors Club, and The Advertising Club of Connecticut for his work.



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Reach out to our alumni relations team at any time. We're here to help share all of the inspirational success stories of SFA alumni.

Director of Alumni Relations

Emily Auger Murray

Director of Development

Lauren Prause