The Arts

Small school. Vast horizons.

Art is enlivening. Exhilarating. Energizing. Whether you’re making art or experiencing it, art provides those moments of transformation that make life at Oglethorpe what it is.

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art

With 7,000 square feet of exhibition space — and three major exhibitions a year — the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA) is a unique and wonderful resource. In fact, it’s the only small liberal arts university museum in the Southeast to regularly host internationally recognized and world-class works. Along with the major exhibitions, there are smaller events throughout the year. Plus, an outstanding permanent collection, with special emphasis on works from 19th and 20th century France and 17th to 20th century Japanese porcelain.

This hidden gem of the Atlanta arts scene is a special asset for Oglethorpe students. Faculty members collaborate with museum staff to develop courses and exhibitions that complement each other and interconnect. There are also opportunities for gallery assistant internships, independent study, and work-study jobs, offering students a closer look at museum life.

Learn more about the museum.

OU Theatre performers pose on stage, hands raised, during Heathers.

Play a role in one of the five full productions mounted by Oglethorpe University Theatre each year, or settle in and enjoy the show. With state-of-the-art amenities and 511 seats, Oglethorpe’s Conant Performing Arts Center is the perfect place to experience a dramatic performance.

Thanks to partnerships with local theaters — including Alliance Theatre, Horizon Theatre Company, and Capital City Opera Company — stage-hungry students have tons of opportunities to spotlight their talent.

Then, of course, there’s ATLwood — Atlanta’s answer to Hollywood. The thriving local TV and film industry brings big stars to Atlanta streets and to Oglethorpe’s campus.

Learn more about our theatre program.

Oglethorpe Symphony and Chorale perform at Boar's Head 2022.

Audition for a musical troupe (like the University Singers or the University Choral). Join the Wind Ensemble or the Stormy Petrel Pep Band. Or simply enjoy the music!

Music scholarships are available to students of all majors. So even if you’re planning another career, you can still make music an important part of your life and your experience here at Oglethorpe.

Learn more about our music program.