University of Wisconsin–Madison

Performance & The Arts

The Chazen Museum of Art exhibits treasures from antiquities to the Renaissance to the modern. The exhibits rotate frequently and admission is free. Drop-in and arranged tours are available.

The Dance Program presents concerts throughout the year in Lathrop Hall.

The School of Music presents an array of performances, including choral, orchestral, opera, band and more by faculty, students and guest artists in the Mosse Humanities Building and Music hall.

The historic Wisconsin Union Theater is located on Lake Mendota next to the Memorial Union’s famed Terrace. The greats have been playing and speaking there since 1939. The Union Theater remains warm, lively and inviting, while the magic of great performances and the ferment of ideas continue to fill it today.

University Theatre presents stimulating and enjoyable theater for audiences of all types and ages.

University gallery spaces are found in many campus locations. A sampling of galleries are listed below:

  • Arts Lofts Gallery, 111 North Frances Street
  • The Class of 1973 Gallery, located in the Red Gym
  • The Seventh Floor Gallery, located in the Mosse Humanities Building
  • Wisconsin Union Galleries, located in the Memorial Union

For more information about performance and the arts at UW-Madison, visit Arts on Campus.

On Oct. 20, 2011, "Reflective Woman II" by American artist Viola Frey towers over visitors as they tour works of art from the collection of Jermone and Simona Chazen on display in a third-floor gallery at the newly expanded Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The photograph was made during an open house for the campus community, which was followed by a weekend public opening. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
Student cast members perform during a cast-in-full-costume stage rehearsal for the upcoming University Theatre production of the musical "Hair" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 13, 2009.