atrium during art in the open event.

The Center for the Arts is where art is made and experienced at the University at Buffalo.

Though we host events and exhibitions throughout the year, we’re more than a performance space. We’re an arts hub, where UB student and faculty artists and performers can find inspiration, education and community.

Visit us to find out what happens behind the scenes. All are welcome!

Featured Events and Exhibitions

deconstructed bicycle.

Red Bike, by Caridad Svich

December 4-5, 2021

ballet dancers on stage.

The Nutcracker

December 4, 2021
1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Nikole Hannah-Jones portrait.

UB Distinguished Speakers Series: Nikole Hannah-Jones

February 16, 2022
7 p.m.

diana krall sitting at a piano.

Diana Krall

March 31, 2022
7:30 p.m.


Art in the open logo.

Center for the Arts

Art in the Open

We welcomed audiences back at this annual event that showcases music, dance, theatre, film and visual art that is made at UB. “Seeing all of the creative activity in the open highlights UB’s vast offering of programs and the artistry of our students and faculty. Art in the Open is an invitation for everyone, both the UB and Western New York communities, to come and explore the incredible artistic work that is created here.” – Jamie M. Enser, Executive Director, Center for the Arts

Arts Collaboratory

Working Artists Lab: Grandmaster Flash

Coming up on its 50th year anniversary in 2023, hip-hop has made an indelible mark on the culture, lifestyle, and history of our country. This Fall, the University at Buffalo Arts Collaboratory Working Artists Lab will work with hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash to explore the origins, innovations and legacy of what may be the greatest art movement of our time.

grandmaster flash sitting in front of a mural.
buffalo street art mural.


The City Talks to Itself

An exhibition of street art discovered across Buffalo, The City Talks to Itself pays homage to the origins of Buffalo’s mural movement and celebrates the independent artists and unsung heroes who devote their time, energy and materials to creating works for the entire city to enjoy. UB alum Josh Federice has created a massive collage for the UBCFA Atrium that features street art found across Buffalo, including highlights from the Arts Collaboratory’s Street Art Bike Tour in August.

How Art Gets Made


Art in the Atrium captures the performances and activities that take place around the clock in our gorgeous, light-filled atrium.

student orchestra performing in the atrium.
cecily brown mural on side of building.

Arts Collaboratory


In the Spring of 2021, the Arts Collaboratory welcomed renowned painter Cecily Brown to lead a community driven mural project organized in partnership with Artist/City, Bortolami, NYC. Flight of the Chickadee can be visited at 450 Masten Avenue in Buffalo and the preparatory drawings are currently on view outside of the Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre.

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