dance students performing in the CFA atrium.

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

student dancers performing on stage.

Zodiaque Dance Company

October 16-17, 2021

images of hands and rooftops.

HEATHER HART: Afrotecture (Re)Collection

September 16, 2021 - May 21, 2022

man playing drums in the cfa atrium.

Art in the Open

October 28, 2021
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

brian regan with a microphone.

Brian Regan

November 18, 2021
8 p.m.

Highlights

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.

Installation

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.

Department of Theatre and Dance

ZODIAQUE DANCE COMPANY

UB’s pre-professional dance company will be back on the UB Center for the Arts stages this fall for its 47th season.  Working in close collaboration with THD’s Design and Technology students and faculty, the performances will highlight the rich versatility and creativity of the UB Department of Theatre and Dance. 

Arts Collaboratory

WORKING ARTISTS LAB: CECILY BROWN AND THE FLIGHT OF THE CHICKADEE

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.

How Art Gets Made

ART IN THE ATRIUM: FINDING A HOME IN THE CFA

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

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