Students perform in “Eyes Up High in the Redwood Tree,” a new play loosely drawn from the life, letters, and writing of Ken Kesey, written by theater student Annika Bennett ’15

Arts & Culture

Inspiration & Enrichment Abound

At Princeton, the arts shine across campus. Let your imagination soar, explore and create.

Student event in museum gallery

Princeton University Art Museum

With more than 97,000 works of art spanning the world of art from antiquity to the present, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the finest university art museums in the world. Its permanent collection, special exhibitions and educational programming draw year-round crowds.

As a student, you'll find extraordinary avenues for the museum to shape and stretch your learning across disciplines. A Student Advisory Board helps students make the most of the museum through lively events, visiting artist talks, and ongoing dialogue inspired by the collection.

 

Audience engages on stage with top performers from around the world

Extraordinary Events

Opportunities to experience the arts are everywhere at Princeton and animate life on campus. In any given week, the calendar is packed with performances and events.

Sit on stage as top string quartets perform in Richardson Auditorium and then join a late-night chamber jam with those same artists. Listen to a reading by writer/activist Dacia Maranni and engage in the conversation that follows, led by faculty members Jhumpa Lahiri and Alessandro Giammei. Or enjoy a musical at the McCarter Theatre Center in which actors, directors, producers, and set and lighting designers — all Princeton students — bring audiences to their feet.

Student studies at base of Firestone Plaza scultpure

Campus Art

The arts surround you as you make your way across campus. Princeton is home to one of the country's most significant collections of 20th- and 21st-century sculpture, including works by Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson and Richard Serra. In Jadwin Hall. you'll come across a Louis Comfort Tiffany leaded glass triptych window. The Bloomberg Hall dormitory welcomes residents with the Sol Lewitt painting, "Whirls and Twirls." And the Gothic exteriors of many buildings offer tigers, gargoyles and other hand-carved surprises waiting to be discovered.

Princeton's artistic landscape will continue to evolve with the completion of the Arts and Transit project and the efforts of a committee to diversify campus art and iconography in order to present a more nuanced and comprehensive interpretation of Princeton's history.

Artist Profiles

Lewis Center for the Arts Complex

Arts Complex

The fall 2017 opening of the complex for the Lewis Center for the Arts and Department of Music takes the arts to new heights campus-wide.

Princeton University Orchestra rehearsal

Arts & Culture at Princeton

Explore arts and culture at Princeton University.