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James Turrell, “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace at Rice University. Photo: Florian Holzherr

Celebrating the Arts at Rice University

The Office of the President


Creating leaders who value inclusivity, diversity, and bold thinking requires creative and collaborative approaches to education. The arts at Rice are integral­ to the university’s commitment to the next generation of problem-solvers, preparing them with the historical, social, and emotional awareness they need to create meaningful advancements in any discipline.


At Rice, we’re proud of the creative resources we offer students and the public, from our top-ranked schools of architecture and music, to our undergraduate and PhD programs in art history to our growing department of visual and dramatic arts. The Moody Center for the Arts fosters interdisciplinary collaboration through its exhibitions, programs and classes, and anchors a growing arts corridor on campus that will soon connect the forthcoming Susan and Fayez Sarofim Hall for visual arts with the Shepherd School of Music’s Brockman Hall for Opera. The Rice Public Art collection, anchored by James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace, currently features more than sixty works by international and local artists, including recent site-specific commissions by Odili Donald Odita, Shirazeh Housihary and Natasha Bowdoin, among others.


Rice’s academic seal contains three words: letters, science, and art. Emphasis on one of these disciplines can enable great research but when pursued together, they can enable new forms of creative problem solving and advance avenues of innovation.


Whether you’re a part of the university community or planning a visit to campus, I hope you’ll explore more of what the arts at Rice have to offer.


Reginald DesRoches


Rice University