The Center for the Arts from the front.

Our Facilities

Welcome! The UB Center for the Arts is where art gets made at the University at Buffalo. We’re a multidisciplinary arts hub that serves all Arts Departments here at UB. We’re also a premier public venue that features a wide range of artistic performances, exhibitions, touring productions, and university events. Our versatile facilities are available for community events and performances, and our creative team supports cross-campus activities and provides video production services.

The UBCFA has been a part of the Buffalo cultural landscape for over a quarter of a century. In that time, we’ve greeted nearly four million guests and entertained one hundred and fifty thousand art lovers each year. 

Members of the UB and Western New York communities are always welcome to visit. Come for a show, host and event or just stop by for one of the impromptu performances held in our atrium. 


The Center for the Arts acknowledges the land upon which the University at Buffalo operates, which is the territory of the Seneca Nation, a member of the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations Confederacy. Today, this region is still the home to the Haudenosaunee people, and we are grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and share ideas in this territory.  

Established in 1994 by the University at Buffalo, the Center for the Arts is Western New York's largest and most diverse multidisciplinary arts organization. Designed by the award-winning New York City architectural firm Gwathmey Siegel, our fifty million dollar arts complex took eight years to conceive and complete.

Our Facilities

With more than five hundred rooms spanning three floors, the UBCFA has two hundred and fifty thousand square feet of floor space—a footprint the size of two football fields. Our two buildings are joined together by a bright, beautiful atrium where gathering and creative experimentation are always encouraged. The largest of our four theaters is the 1,748-seat Mainstage Theatre. We also have a smaller drama theatre, an experimental black box, and a screening room. The UB CFA Gallery features contemporary art exhibitions and works from the UB Art Galleries collection, while the Lower Art Gallery and Project Space are both devoted to student art. We offer university students all the resources they need to create—video production, sound, digital, print media, sculpture, dance studios, labs, and more.