UNT offers a range of cultural opportunities for the entire North Texas region and beyond — from distinguished lecturers and prestigious conferences to world-class performances and exhibitions.
UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation’s most comprehensive visual arts schools at a public university. Considered one of the best art schools in the South and Southwest, it offers three student galleries in addition to the Union Gallery. The UNT Art Gallery, UNT on the Square and Fashion on Main in Dallas also provide space for faculty and artists of international renown to exhibit their work.
Faculty in the iARTA research cluster debuted NoiseFold, an interactive media ensemble, in 2010 in UNT's Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater.
UNT’s College of Music, one of the nation’s largest and finest comprehensive music schools, presents more than 1,000 concerts each year. The main music building houses five performance spaces: the recently renovated Paul Voertman Concert Hall, the Recital Hall, Stan Kenton Hall, the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater and the Organ Recital Hall. The Murchison Performing Arts Center — a premier award-winning facility — features the Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall and the Lyric Theatre and hosts performances by more than 50 student ensembles, UNT’s internationally recognized faculty performers and composers, and world-renowned guest artists.
UNT on the Square in downtown Denton is home to the university’s Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, providing space for exhibitions, poetry readings and small ensemble performances. The institute brings acclaimed artists-in-residence to campus such as writer and director Guillermo Arriaga, composer Jake Heggie and visual and performance artist Nick Cave.
And through a Distinguished Lecture Series, a Fine Arts Series and many other sponsored programs, UNT brings in speakers such as former President George W. Bush, spoken word and musical artist Henry Rollins, and author and documentary producer Eric Schlosser.