Maryland explores and nurtures the visual and performing arts, transforming ideas into exciting and thought-provoking experiences and inviting audiences to take part in the creative process.

Actors, musicians, dancers, singers and scholars work alongside students in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the largest venue of its kind on a university campus. It is home to six performance spaces and each year hosts more than 1,100 events, including staged performances, workshops and dialogues. Find out about Free Ticket Mondays at

The David C. Driskell Center preserves the heritage of African-American art and culture, provides an intellectual home for artists, museum professionals and scholars and celebrates and expands the field of African-American art.


The Clarice (Pictured Above) Inside The Clarice, one of the area’s premier performing arts venues, you’ll find creative partners engaging audiences and inspiring artistic expression from fresh voices in the School of Music, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and the Artist Partner Program.

David C. Driskell Center


David C. Driskell Center This modern center honors the legacy of the distinguished university professor, artist, collector and historian. It provides a unique opportunity to study African-Americans and the African diaspora from multidisciplinary perspectives, particularly the arts, languages, literature and history.

Adele H Stamp student union center for campus life


Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life The Stamp Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art, with an emphasis on the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Displayed throughout the building are recent art acquisitions by students participating in the Stamp Contemporary Art Purchasing Program.

Elephant sculpture


Phillips Collaboration Well-known Dutch artist Karel Appel’s funky “Elephant” enlivens the newly opened Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center. The sculpture was installed as part of the university’s partnership with with D.C.’s world-renowned Phillips Collection.

Milk boy and Art House


MilkBoy ArtHouse A campus and community partnership that opened in spring 2017, it combines a bar-restaurant with College Park’s newest performance space.

Manhua + Manga exhibit in the University of Maryland Art Gallery. Chinese and Japanese comics and cartoons on display.


The University of Maryland Art Gallery Located in the Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, this gallery puts on five to eight exhibitions each year. Most exhibitions are free and open to the public. The gallery is closed between exhibitions and during the summer.