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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 something always is happening at the UBCFA! We’re the university’s arts hub, where the Arts at UB converge and where students, faculty, artists, performers, and Western New Yorkers come together to find inspiration, education, and community.

We also welcome some of the biggest names in arts and entertainment - and host performances, exhibitions, and events, and showcase the remarkable talent of UB’s student artists. The entire Western New York community is always invited to join us. 

Browse our site to find out what’s coming up next— follow us on social or subscribe to our email list and never miss a thing! 

Featured Events and Exhibitions

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Mayhem on the Mainstage

December 7, 2023
4 p.m.

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Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Present: A Celtic Family Christmas

December 12, 2023
7:30 p.m.

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Nickel Creek

March 23, 2024
7:30 p.m.


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Artist Spotlights

Arts Hub Events

Aimed at fostering unity within UB's arts community, Arts Hub events are relaxed gatherings bring together artists and enthusiasts, ignite collaborations, provide networking opportunities and showcase the work of UB's artists.

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CFA fall programming features shows for all audiences

“As the home to the arts at UB, we are thrilled to present an array of performances and experiences that Western New York audiences will enjoy. The fall season is a blend of musical genres featuring Grammy┬« award-winning artists, acclaimed singer-songwriters and musicians,” Jamie Enser, executive director

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CFA's Student Backstage Chat

"Do everything because everything is a learning experience" Napoleon Dynamite stars Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Jon Gries recently shared their career advice with UB students, as part of the CFA’s Student Backstage Chat series. 

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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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architecture experts discuss the CFA atrium.

Art in the Atrium

Architecture of the UBCFA

Two of University at Buffalo's Architecture experts, Korydon Smith, Professor and Assistant Dean School of Architecture and Planning, and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Director of Campus Planning, discuss the Center for the Arts atrium's unique architecture and how it brings artists across the arts together.

Get to Know the UBCFA