Jaume Plensa, Mirror, 2011

“Letters, Science, Art” adorns the Rice University seal—and indeed, the arts permeate every facet of our campus. Leading academic programs in architecture, art history, music, and the visual and dramatic arts, combined with an extraordinary collection of public art, the award-winning Moody Center for the Arts, and the soon-to-open Music and Performing Arts Center, make for a campus that is rich in artistic collaboration and curricular innovation. At Rice, the arts break boundaries and create new frontiers.

Jaume Plensa, Mirror, 2011. Photo: Nash Baker


A map of venues on the Rice campus

Constituents of Rice Arts

Architectural rendering of the Moody Center

With a focus on fostering interdisciplinary conversation through the arts, the Moody Center for the Arts actively engages both the Rice community and the broader public with a diverse range of innovative exhibitions and programs.

A group meeting around a large table

Rice Architecture—a meeting point of design and discourse, of theory and practice, of past and future—teaches architects to be leaders in the conversations and practices that shape our worlds.

An art installation on campus

The Department of Art History is a place where images, architecture, and works of art are examined with open minds and attentive eyes. Through public lectures, courses, and ongoing research, we explore and expand understandings of art's forms and histories.

An art installation on campus

Rice Public Art integrates artwork by acclaimed national and international artists into the academic life at Rice while also offering meaningful experiences to local and global visitors.

Arial image of The Shepherd School of Music

The Shepherd School of Music is one of the premier music schools in the world, combining the intensity of a conservatory experience with the educational excellence of a renowned private university.

A scene from a Rice production of Eurydice

Visual and Dramatic Arts presents a wide selection of arts-related programming for the intellectually curious within and beyond the hedges. This includes films at Rice Cinema, theatre productions from our Rice Theatre program, exhibitions from our Studio Arts program, and public lectures from our Arts in the Humanities Series.