2020

Rice University Music and Performing Arts Building, dedicated to staging opera and orchestral concerts, scheduled to open

Architectural rendering by Allan Greenberg, LLC
The Shepherd School of Music
RUMPAC rendering,east facade

2017

The Moody Center for the Arts opened to foster interdisciplinary collaboration through the arts

Michael Maltzan Architecture, Moody Center for the Arts, 2017. Photo: Nash Baker
Moody Center for the Arts
Architectural rendering of the Moody Center

2014

Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra debut performance at Carnegie Hall

Larry Rachleff directs the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra during its 2014 Carnegie Hall debut. Photo: Jennifer Taylor
The Shepherd School of Music
The orchestra performing at Carnegie Hall

2012

The Susan Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion housing the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace opened

James Turrell, “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace at Rice University, 2012. Photo: Florian Holzherr
Public Art
James Turrell, “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace

2008

Through gifts and a percent for art program, 13 new works were added to the campus collection

Jaume Plensa, Mirror, 2011. Photo: Nash Baker
Public Art
Jaume Plensa, Mirror, 2011

2007

The PhD program in Art History was announced, and the first class matriculated in 2009

Herring Hall, home of the Art History Department. Photo: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Art History
Herring Hall

2006

A degree through the program in Visual and Dramatic Arts first offered

Photo: Geoff Winningham
Visual and Dramatic Arts
Art in progress

2002

Rice Architecture Paris founded

Invitation to the opening reception for Rice Architecture Paris, 2002
Architecture
Invitation to the opening reception for Rice Architecture Paris, 2002

1995

The Rice Gallery was founded, commissioning site-specific installation art in its 40 x 44 ft white box space in Sewall Hall

Sol LeWitt, Glossy and Flat Black Squares, 2017 re-installment of 1997 installation. Photo: Nash Baker
Moody Center for the Arts
Sol LeWitt, Glossy and Flat Black Squares

1991

Alice Pratt Brown Hall, built to house the Shepherd School of Music, completed

Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, Alice Pratt Brown Hall, 1991. Photo: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura
The Shepherd School of Music
Alice Pratt Brown Hall

1986

The Brown Fine Arts Library was established and now holds almost 150,000 volumes of architecture, and 95,000 music books and scores

Brochure from Alice Pratt Brown Fine Arts Library dedication, 1986
Art History
Brochure from Alice Pratt Brown Fine Arts Library dedication, 1986.

1984

Michael Heizer’s 45° 90° 180° was commissioned by Alice Pratt Brown in honor of her husband George R Brown

Michael Heizer, 45° 90° 180°, 1984. Photo: Nash Baker
Public Art
Michael Heizer, 45° 90° 180°, 1984

1975

The Shepherd School of Music was officially established as Rice’s music school

Sheperd School of Music inaugural concert program, 1975
The Shepherd School of Music
Sheperd School of Music inaugural concert program, 1975.

1971

Sewall Gallery founded to create a permanent art gallery at Rice (later renamed Rice Gallery)

Sewall Art Gallery exhibition of Ryoji Akiyama photographs, 1974
Moody Center for the Arts
Sewall Art Gallery exhibition of Ryoji Akiyama photographs, 1974.

1969

The first public art work, The Sisters (1952) by Carl Milles, was given to Rice in honor of Mary Ellen Hale Lovett

Carl Milles, The Sisters, 1952. Photo: Mary Ann Sullivan
Public Art
Carl Milles, The Sisters, 1952.

1969

Jean and Dominique de Menil founded the Institute for the Arts at Rice, hosting major exhibitions and lectures in two temporary buildings, the Art Barn and Media Center

The Art Barn, 1969. Model by Vladimir Tatlin, Monument to the Third International, from the inagural exhbition, “The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age.” Photo: Courtesy of Menil Archives, The Menil Collection
Visual and Dramatic Arts
The Art Barn, 1969

1965

The Colleges began producing theater, including Wiess Tabletop’s production of Sophocles’ Antigone, followed in 1970 by Baker Shakespeare

Wiess Tabletop publicity photo for “Hello Hamlet!” written by sophomore George Greanias,1967
Visual and Dramatic Arts
Wiess Tabletop publicity photo for “Hello Hamlet!”

1961

Fine Arts Department curriculum established before becoming an independent department in 1965

Poster for Department of Fine Arts student show at Rice Memorial Center, 1965
Art History
Poster for Department of Fine Arts student show at Rice Memorial Center, 1965

1952

The student organization Rice Players launched

“The Maids,” performed by the Rice Players, 1976
Visual and Dramatic Arts
“The Maids,” performed by the Rice Players, 1976.

1950

Gift from Sallie Shepherd Perkins towards the establishment of the Shepherd School of Music, with the first music class in 1953

Sallie Shepherd Perkins, portrait, 1940
The Shepherd School of Music
Sallie Shepherd Perkins, portrait, 1940.

1947

The home for the school of architecture, Anderson Hall designed by Staub and Rather, opened for classes

Anderson Hall, view from the Academic Quad, 1950
Architecture
Anderson Hall

1921

The student-run Rice Dramatic Club formed

“The Circle,” performed by the Dramatic Club, Rice Institute, 1930
Visual and Dramatic Arts
“The Circle,” performed by the Dramatic Club, Rice Institute, 1930.

1912

Architecture department founded concurrent with the founding of the University

Cram, Goodhue, and Ferguson, Rice Institute Master Plan, 1910
Architecture
Rice Institute Master Plan, 1910.

1912

The official Rice University seal features the words “Letters, Science, Art”

Pierre de Chaignon la Rose, Rice Institute academic seal, 1912
Rice Institute academic seal, 1912.

1912

The University’s founding documents state that the arts are an integral part of a Rice education

Administration Building, west facade during construction, 1912. Photo: E.W. Irish Photo Company
Administration Building, west facade during construction, 1912