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 Winter term 2022. Don't hesitate to reach out to the-arts@pdx.edu with any specific questions or concerns.

Upcoming events

Show & Tell: Nic Adenau

PSUGD welcomes Nic Adenau to Show & Tell Nic Adenau seeks to bring…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-19 12:00:00 2022-05-19 13:00:00 Show & Tell: Nic Adenau PSUGD welcomes Nic Adenau to Show & Tell Nic Adenau seeks to bring clarity between the human-technology relationship through design. He is currently a freelance Design Director located in Portland, Oregon. Nic primarily focuses on user experience, digital innovation, and digital marketing. An essential ethos that drives his work is to make digital practices more accessible to the design industry. Simultaneously, he aim to reduce barriers to entry into the craft, spending my free time mentoring young designers. Nic founded the Visual Craft Studio at the digital agency, Instrument. And has collaborated and worked with Nike, Converse, Rick Owens, Adidas, Dropbox, Google, Facebook, Sonos, and Patagonia. He is also an Adjunct Professor for the Art + Design program at Portland State University. Check out Nic’s work at adenau.co or @nicadenau Join us on May 19th at 12pm Pacific at psu.gd/showandtell. At noon, the link will redirect you to our Zoom room. Stop on by! Online art-design@pdx.edu art-design@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Noon Concert Series: Brass Area Recital

PSU Brass students perform their annual spring recital. This spring we're…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-19 12:00:00 2022-05-19 13:00:00 Noon Concert Series: Brass Area Recital PSU Brass students perform their annual spring recital. This spring we're excited to welcome the general public back to Lincoln Hall to watch the series live. You'll also be able to watch each concert on PSU's YouTube channel using the link below. The Noon Concert Series is a weekly opportunity to experience the sounds of the PSU School of Music & Theater. Join us on Thursdays during fall, winter, and spring terms for a diverse program of concerts featuring students, faculty, and special guests.  Learn more at pdx.edu/music-theater/noon-concert Lincoln Recital Hall & YouTube 1620 SW Park Ave Portland, OR PSU Music Department music@pdx.edu PSU Music Department music@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

No Exit (Preview)

The School of Music & Theater presents “No Exit,” Jean-Paul Sartre’s…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-19 19:30:00 2022-05-19 21:30:00 No Exit (Preview) 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 pdx.edu/music-theater/no-exit Boiler Room Studio 1620 SW Park Ave Portland, OR Richard Wattenberg wattenr@pdx.edu Richard Wattenberg wattenr@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

No Exit

The School of Music & Theater presents “No Exit,” Jean-Paul Sartre’s…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-20 19:30:00 2022-05-20 21:30:00 No Exit 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 pdx.edu/music-theater/no-exit Boiler Room Studio 1620 SW Park Ave Portland, OR Richard Wattenberg wattenr@pdx.edu Richard Wattenberg wattenr@pdx.edu 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.