A big part of the college experience is the friends you will meet throughout your academic journey and stay in touch with later on in life. It is also important to find inspiration – whether it’s collaborating with others in a student organization, living with other creatives, or expanding your artistic learning.
Whether you are inspired by seeing others’ artwork or would like to exhibit or perform, UW–Madison has over 30 galleries, 8 performance spaces, and presents over 1,500 arts events every year. Do you like to venture out to enjoy a great film? There are 3 movie theaters on campus and we are home to the largest university-produced film festival in the nation. The Wisconsin Film Festival runs for eight days in April and shows a wide range of 150 films, including student work and international films.
It is up to you to create your own experience from the countless opportunities available to you. Choose from 100+ student organizations in the arts or start your own. Get involved with other creatives at the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD), the student programming and leadership board for the Wisconsin Union, where students organize, promote, and execute some of the best experiences and events you can get outside the classroom from curating art galleries to scouting and booking live music acts. At Wheelhouse Studios you can take short-term classes or take advantage of drop-in studios including 2D or 3D spaces and ceramics.
We are also home to the Chazen Museum of Art, which includes work by major modern and contemporary artists, including El Anatsui and Louise Nevelson. While walking to classes, you may be inspired by some amazing and thought-provoking public art, from the first university artist in residence John Steuart Curry to famed glassmaker, designer, and UW alum Dale Chihuly.
- American Indian Student & Cultural Center
- Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Cultural Center
- Black Cultural Center
- Campus Tours (also via YouTube)
- Creative Campus Tour
- Chazen Museum of Art Student Ambassadors
- Gallery Guide
- Gender and Sexuality Campus Center
- Latinx Cultural Center
- Multicultural Student Center
- Performance Spaces
- Public Art on Campus
- Student Organizations (Select “Arts, Media & Music”; video)
- Wisconsin Union Directorate (video)
- Wheelhouse Studios (video)
- UW–Madison DesignLab
- UW Makerspace
“I chose to pursue a degree at Madison because of the atmosphere and opportunities offered at the university. I want to experience everything that college has to offer and be able to focus on what I love doing.”
– Danielle Mohr, BS Art Education, 2017
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