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

Pay us a visit, and you’ll find there’s always something happening at the UBCFA! We’re the university’s arts hub, where artists and art lovers find inspiration, education and community.

We also welcome some of the biggest names in arts and entertainment—and host performances, concerts and exhibitions that showcase the remarkable talent of UB’s student artists. The entire Buffalo community is always invited to join us. Browse our site to find out what’s coming up next—or subscribe to our email list and never miss a thing! 

Featured Events and Exhibitions

lead singer of third eye blind jumping on stage holding microphone above his head.

An Evening with Third Eye Blind

March 29, 2023
8 p.m.

napoleon dynamite actors posing in front of brick wall.

Napoleon Dynamite Live!

April 13, 2023
7:30 p.m.

drawing of man and woman standing on an open book.


April 27-May 7, 2023

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Spring Into Art

May 2, 2023
5 p.m.


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CFA provides valuable career experiences for students

“I am sure that in my career I will wear many hats, so whether I end up on tour or as an administrator at an arts organization, this job has definitely helped to prepare me for that.” - Julia Miskines, arts management graduate assistant, Center for the Arts

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CFA's Student Backstage Chat

Michael Glabicki, the mind and vision behind the popular and stylistic band Rusted Root took part in the CFA’s Student Backstage Chat, followed by a performance with long-time bandmate Dirk Miller to an audience of adoring fans.

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Art in the Open

We opened our doors, studios, labs, theaters and art-making spaces at this annual event that showcases the creative work that is made at UB . “There was so much to see and I’m really glad we attended this year’s event, it was a great way to experience all the amazing artists, musicians, singers, dancers, actors and producers of new media, and to witness all the different ways they express their creativity” – Lisa Johnson, Williamsville resident

How Art Gets Made

Jazzing Up the UBCFA

Students across the arts at UB had memorable experiences during the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performance at the UBCFA. “Most certainly this has been one of the defining moments of my life here as a student.” Marcus Lolo, Pianist, UB Jazz Ensemble

ub students sitting in theatre chairs discussing jazz and music business with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra members.

Behind the Scenes


Students from Art 307 Thematic Drawing course in the Department of Art got to leave their mark on the UBCFA. See the inspiration behind the mural pieces and what it is like to watch the Center come to life with students’ artwork.

Get to Know the UBCFA