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.

Porchfest, audience for The Shaxe at 102 Witherspoon

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 with world-class artists.

Sit on stage as top string quartets perform as part of Princeton University Concerts and then join a late-night chamber jam with them. Listen to a reading by writer/activist Dacia Maranni and engage in the conversation that follows, led by faculty members Yiyun Li 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 on bicycle riding past Oval with Points sculpture outside Nassau Hall near Cannon Green.

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 efforts to diversify campus art and iconography in order to present a more comprehensive interpretation of Princeton's history.

Lewis Center for the Arts buildings shaded pink by the sunset.

Study the Arts

The Lewis Center for the Arts and Department of Music take the arts to new heights campus-wide.

Princeton University Orchestra rehearsal

Arts & Culture at Princeton

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Three students sing at a microphone outside the Art on Hulfish gallery

Princeton University Art Museum

With works of art spanning the world of art from antiquity to the present, the collections of the Princeton University Art Museum are treasure troves for students, researchers and the public. A new museum is under construction on campus, slated to open in 2024. Meantime, you can visit the Art@Bainbridge and Art on Hulfish galleries in downtown Princeton as well as explore the collection at large on the museum's website.