College of the Arts

Experience the arts at PSU

Find your creative voice—and experience the voices of others—at the most dynamic and accessible public arts institution in Oregon.

Through creative research, community projects, and hundreds of public events each year, the College of the Arts makes Portland a better place to live. 

In the studio and on the stage, in the classroom and the community. Our students and faculty cultivate the bold ideas that can change the world. 

Artists are problem solvers. Today more than ever, that’s what the world needs. 

Creative practice demands new ideas, empathy for others, collaboration and practical results. These skills are essential for solving the big challenges facing society today—and they’re at the heart of our college. That’s why our graduates are well prepared for successful careers in the arts and beyond.

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COVID-19 Update: The College of the Arts staff will continue to work partially remotely during Spring term 2022. Don't hesitate to reach out to with any specific questions or concerns.

Upcoming events

Epilogue: 2022 MFA/BFA Showcase

Join the School of Art + Design in celebrating the work of graduating…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-28 00:00:00 2022-05-28 00:59:58 Epilogue: 2022 MFA/BFA Showcase Join the School of Art + Design in celebrating the work of graduating students in the MFA Contemporary Art Practice (Studio Practice and Art + Social Practice) and BFA Art Practice areas in this exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at PSU. Opening Reception: May 26, 5-7 pm Gallery Talks by BFA students: Tuesday & Thursday, May 24, 26, 31 & June 2, 2pm-5pm On view May 24 - June 11, 2022 Featured Artists Vika Ayers, Madeleine Beer, Rebecca Copper, Sage Corradini, Nate Doogan, Mo Geiger, Robert Groff, Danny-Olivia Hanson, Johanna Houska, Hailey H., Jessica Joner, Tony Kane, Kylee Kaihūlalilali Iku Kubojiri, Shelbie Loomis, Kaitlyn Lundelius, Justin Maxon, Keenan Mccune, Renee Ollison, Luz Orellana, Alisyn Smith, Ni Made Maya Sutriasa, Laura Swingen, Tenzin Tardiff, Raja Timihiri, Sims Vincent, Maggie Wang, and Illia Yakovenko. JSMA at PSU Hours Tuesday:          11 am – 5 pm Wednesday:     11 am – 5 pm Thursday:         11 am – 7 pm Friday:              11 am – 5 pm Saturday:          11 am – 5 pm Sunday: Closed Monday: Closed Image Credit: Ni Made Maya Sutriasa, fish in my head. 8,125 miles across the ocean (detail) 2022. 66.5 in x 46 in. Sarong, fish stamp by Charancreations. Photo by Mario Gallucci. JSMA at PSU Fariborz Maseeh Hall 110 1855 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 America/Los_Angeles public

No Exit (Matinee)

The School of Music & Theater presents “No Exit,” Jean-Paul Sartre’s…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-28 14:00:00 2022-05-28 16:00:00 No Exit (Matinee) The School of Music & Theater presents “No Exit,” Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist drama in which three deceased characters find themselves locked together in a room, forced to confront their life choices and each other’s judgment for eternity. In life, Sartre wrote, we are condemned to be free, but in death these three are just condemned.GET TICKETS Learn more at Boiler Room Studio 1620 SW Park Ave Portland, OR Richard Wattenberg Richard Wattenberg America/Los_Angeles public

The Sardine Sellers Net of Love

Kabuki, a world-renowned form of traditional Japanese performance art…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-28 14:00:00 2022-05-28 16:00:00 The Sardine Sellers Net of Love Kabuki, a world-renowned form of traditional Japanese performance art incorporating music, dance and mime, returns to Portland State this spring. The Sardine Seller's Net of Love, the most popular kabuki play written by the brilliant and multi-talented Yukio Mishima, tells the story of the improbable love between a humble sardine seller and the most glamorous courtesan in Kyoto. PSU is the only American university to stage a traditional Japanese production every year under the direction of Larry Kominz, who was awarded the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for his contributions to the introduction of Japanese culture in the U.S. May 25 - 28, 2022 Lincoln Performance Hall Proof of Vaccination for all patrons age 12+ or proof of negative COVID test within the last 48 hours, or PSU ID will be required of all attendees. Ticket Prices: Preview (Wednesday, May 25, 2022): $23, $18 PSU Staff & Senior, $7 Students Thursday/Friday/Saturday:  $25, $20 PSU Staff & Senior, $9 Students Purchase Tickets Event Website Co-sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Literatures & The School of Music and Theater Lincoln Performance Hall 1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR ENTER AT SW BROADWAY ENTRANCE ONLY America/Los_Angeles public

CETI presents "Seed" at Pioneer Courthouse Square

CETI invites you to Seed, a wondrous experience in the Welcome Dome in…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-29 10:00:00 2022-05-28 00:59:58 CETI presents "Seed" at Pioneer Courthouse Square CETI invites you to Seed, a wondrous experience in the Welcome Dome in Pioneer Courthouse Square focused on themes of spring and transformative rejuvenation. Join us for two experiences: Efflorescence by Nanda D'agostino, and Let Us Cultivate Our Garden by Scott Garner. On view May 26-30, 2022, 10am-10pm At Pioneer Courthouse Square Artists: Nanda D’agostino, Scott Garner, Scott Nieradka Production Team: Alanna Rise, Hilary Tsai, Miguel Higgins-Moy, Ayşe Gürsöz, Sean Light Efflorescence Nanda D’agostino The dome, acting as an enormous seed in the square, will house a mesmerizing and meditative video experience drawing upon botanical phenomena and responsive to the presence of visitors. This work is best experienced at dusk or evening. It is interactive/responsive to movement, gesture, and sound so feel free to perform! Let Us Cultivate Our Garden Scott Garner Externally, the seed blossoms into a massive floral sculpture through a web-based augmented reality layer encouraging and incorporating interaction with visitors and their mobile devices. This augmented reality app is best experienced by daylight. Bring your smart phone! About CETI CETI, A Creative And Emergent Technology Institute, is a collective, a movement, and an intention to critically and collaboratively engage in creating our technological future. CETI emerged in 2019 after a series of messy conversations and brainstorming sessions amongst a diverse interdisciplinary cross sector community of professionals, educators, researchers, students, artists, technologists, engineers, scientists, activists, policymakers, leaders, and community organizers. CETI offers a vision for an inclusive path of lifelong learning and professional development, supporting a diverse and interdisciplinary community of practitioners, professionals, educators, students, and researchers to successfully create the future. Through a carefully woven tapestry of workshops, institutes, participatory research, projects, convenings, and actions, we inspire our community to create imaginative and impactful responses to emergent social and technological challenges. The CETI Community Technology Lab is located at PSU in partnership with the School of Art + Design. More info at Pioneer Courthouse Square America/Los_Angeles public

Events may be subject to change due to state and local COVID policy updates. Please check individual event details for current information on specific events before attending.

Nurturing Creativity, Transforming Lives

Every day at PSU's College of the Arts, we cultivate the bold ideas that can change the world. In the studio, on stage, in the classroom and in the city, our students and faculty find their creative voices and listen to the voices of others, making the Portland community a better place to live.

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Black Lives Matter

The College of the Arts is committed to working for justice and striving to create an anti-racist environment for our students, faculty, staff and community. Read Dean Leroy Bynum, Jr.'s statement to the community.  

Your generosity makes a difference

Innovation, advocacy, and community building are central to addressing today’s challenges—and creativity is key. College of the Arts students pursue rigorous academic curricula and learn the skills and discipline for successful and sustainable careers in the arts. Your gift will have direct impact on aspiring artists, musicians, designers, and makers!


The College of the Arts Student Hardship Fund was created to provide immediate support to students in need of emergency funds to cover both academic and personal expenses, such as housing, medical bills, utilities, and equipment. Thank you for your gift to support College of the Arts students facing financial hardship during this challenging time.