The Arts

  • The award-winning UNI Jazz Band One, just one of the many student ensembles at UNI
  • The UNI Gallery of Art
  • The student production of Batboy, The Musical, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre
  • Part of the permanent collection of the UNI Art Gallery, in the Kamerick Art Building
  • Touring production of Mamma Mia, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
The award-winning UNI Jazz Band One, just one of the many student ensembles at UNI
UNI Gallery of Art

Nowhere are the arts more dynamic than on the UNI campus. Among the many opportunities for art lovers is the spacious and elegant Gallery of Art.

The gallery sponsors nine major art and design exhibitions from across the country.

The Gallery of Art also showcases a variety of smaller auxiliary shows, including the annual UNI faculty and juried student exhibits.

Blue Man Group at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

The ability of the arts to influence and transform lives is evident to anyone attending a production at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC), featuring the best Broadway shows, classical musicians, dance companies and national recognized performers.

Located in the heart of the UNI campus, the $23 million center opened in 2000 and is also home to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, and provides classroom and rehearsal space for UNI music students.

UNI School of Music Event (concert)

Located in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, the School of Music is regarded as one of the finest music programs in the Midwest and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

With more than 200 concerts and events scheduled each academic year, students, parents, alumni and community members are sure to find a School of Music event that suits their musical taste. Visit the School of Music facilities in the recently renovated, state-of-the-art music building Russell Hall, or the stunning Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Performance at the Strayer-Wood Theatre

As the home of the UNI Department of Theatre's productions, the Strayer-Wood Theatre is a vibrant, fully-equipped theatre building that houses two performance spaces-- the Strayer-Wood Theatre and the Bertha Martin Theatre. The Strayer-Wood Theatre routinely produces four main stage productions annually, in addition to hosting special events, such as the Iowa Thespian Festival, Sturgis Youth Theatre performances and classes, and guest artist lectures and residencies.

Iowa Cycles sculpture at night

The UNI campus features many large outdoor sculptures, many as a result of Iowa Code 304A.10, which requires that one half of one percent of the budget for new or significantly renovated state buildings be devoted to the purchase of works of art.

Over the last thirty years, local and nationally-known artists have worked in various media to produce the large pieces scattered around campus. The installation of some pieces has provoked storms of critical reaction. Other pieces seemed to fit so well into the landscape that few people noticed them.