ARTS AT MARYLAND
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 venues and each year hosts more than 1,100 events, including staged performances, workshops and dialogues. Find out about Free Ticket Mondays at theclarice.umd.edu. 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) On Maryland Day 2016, community members and prospective students gathered in the center’s Grand Pavilion for a student reading by the School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio. The Clarice is building the future of the arts by training, mentoring and presenting the next generation of creative artists in its six dedicated performance spaces and in partner venues around the community.
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 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.
Peace Tree Artist Han Mellin gave the university this sculpture to commemorate U.S.-Chinese relations. It was installed near the University House.
MilkBoy+ArtHouse, a campus and community partnership expected to open during the 2016–17 academic year, will combine a bar-restaurant with College Park’s newest performance space.
The University of Maryland Art Gallery in the Art-Sociology Building puts on five to eight exhibitions each year, such as the recent “Manhua+Manga,” which explored the intercultural relationship between Japanese and Chinese comics in a time of war. Most exhibitions are free and open to the public. The gallery is closed between exhibitions and during the summer.